Monday, February 15, 2010
Review: "Toby: A Man" by Todd Babiak
Todd Babiak has written a novel that captures the beauty of Montreal, where the book takes place, with his scenes full of decriptions of streets and homes and people. He also offers witty social commentary on what happens when you make a mistake and everyone that you thought was your friend, abandons you. Toby: A Man is about parenting, true friends, aging parents, illness, love, and above all, what it means to be a man. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were endearing, especially Hugo and Toby's father, and I would have loved to be able to have them over for dinner. Toby's search for manhood is so raw and real that I rooted for him the entire way through. The ending wasn't at all what I expected, yet it certainly ended in the way that made the most sense. I plan to read Babiak's earlier novels because I enjoyed the freshness of his literary voice; he has a quality that I don't see often enough in Canadian authors.
Thank-you to HarperCollins for this review copy! You can browse inside Toby: A Man here.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Recommended to: Those who love coming-of-age stories, anyone interested in reading more Canadian authors, pretty much anyone who loves good fiction
Challenges: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge 2010