THE EXPLOSION OF A CHANDELIER by Damian Murphy

THE EXPLOSION OF A CHANDELIER by Damian Murphy

Thursday, Feb 15, 2024

Review by Abe Ziesing

This labyrinthine coming-of-age work of weird historical fiction will tickle the imagination while satisfying any desires for top-shelf verse and vocabulary.  Comprising of an unusual combination of adolescent exploits and sophisticated humor, this gem transports you to early twentieth century Spain during King Alfonso’s attempts to subdue Morocco, where protagonist Héctor and his pal Vito turn the mundane into high adventure, and the obvious into the convoluted as they journey down a bizarre rabbit hole of compounding mysteries and surreal experiences.

Whimsically cryptic passages throughout gift the reader with infinite possibility and endless interpretive entertainment, analogous Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Time”.  Murphy is a master of subtlety within his poetic prose to the point that if you spend too much time smelling the flowers you’ll miss the secret garden.