Hisham Matar’s In the Country of Men

What is it with writers these days and this fad for telling the story from a child’s point of view? First David Mitchell, then Edward St. Aubyn, then M.J. Hyland and now Hisham Matar. What started off as a clever party trick is rapidly becoming a kind of cottage industry [1]. Did every publisher in the UK woke up one day and decided that what the market really needed was a book with a child narrator? Or is it just that truly adult points of view have become so rare in the world we live in, that writers feel compelled to see the world through the eyes of a 9 year old in order to render it more accurately? (more…)