I found this book, ironically enough, by an entirely freak sort of chance - just browsing the bookstore, hoping to expend my gift certificate on good, rich, lavish, read-worthy material - I have not yet arrived at the second book I purchased (being that this occured this evening), but the first among the two, The Unexpected Man, certainly affirmed my expectations. I intend to search out more of Reza's work.
"The Unexpected Man" is, quite simply (although, as The Woman says, nothing is truly 'quite simple') true. True to many things - true to life, true to the human conscious, true to emotion, true to tension, just - true. The digressions, the personalities, the ending, the million-to-one premise - all of it is undeniably true. And yet, about all of this truth their exists and underlying mysteriousness - the ambiance is not casual - it is tense, and somewhat poetic (though it does not STRETCH the truth - do I repeat myself? har har har.) - all in all, The Unexpected Man provides a conflux of many elevated elements that are difficult to intertwine - successfully. But success is so, for Reza.