From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant: A Novel by Alex Gilvarry
Posted by Caitie F on December 7, 2012
Title: From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant: A Novel
Author: Alex Gilvarry
Hardcover: 302 pages
Pub Date: January 5, 2012
Publisher: Viking Adult
Summary from goodreads:
Boyet Hernandez is a small man with a big American dream when he arrives in New York in 2002, fresh out of fashion school in the Philippines. But on the brink of fame and fortune, there comes instead a knock on the door in the middle of the night: the flamboyant ex-Catholic is swept to America’s most notorious prison, administered a Qur’an and locked away indefinitely to discover his link to a terrorist plot.
Now, in his six-by-eight-foot cell, Boy prepares for the tribunal of his life with this intimate confession. From borrowed mattress to converted toothpick factory loft, from custom suit commissions to high-end retail, we are immersed in a wonderland of soirees, runways, and hipster romance in twenty-first-century Gotham. Boy is equally at home (if sometimes comically misinformed) invoking Dostoevsky and Diane von Furstenberg, the Marcos tyranny and Marc Jacobs, the vicissitudes of memory and the indignity of the walking sandwich board. But behind the scrim of his wit and chutzpah is his present nightmare of detainment in the sun-baked place he calls No Man’s Land.
If you are looking for a laugh-out-loud book that is completely different than anything else out there. It is witty, creative and a little strange.
I am not a fashion person, so Iam sure i missed a lot of fashion world references, but it didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book.
Boy was an incredible narrator. He was idealistic with his American dream, even after it was taken away and he was thrown into No Man’s Land. He was motivated and had an amusing way of telling his life story. I also especially liked the “author’s” footnotes with the corrections to Boy’s stories. Though Boy really missed a lot of hints to who he was really associated with. But at the same time, it is understandable when you look at his life goals and amvitions. Sometimes, we do whatever we have to.
Of ourse, it isn’t just a humorous book. It is also a commentary on Guantanamo Bay and how suspected terrorists are treated in this country. It can make you think a little differently about it.
My only issue is that it was sometimes a rambles a little too much and I wish it would get back to the story. It fit with Boy, btu it was just a little too much.