Actually wasn't going to read this for the Paint it Black Square but then realized it worked. Happy Day.
I am finding writing this review difficult. On one hand, this is a magic novel. On the other hand, it is a quiet novel - not so much a book of great events, though a great man is a supporting character.
And Chota, why is Chota there? In many ways, he seems like a plot device, but in other ways he feels like something far more.
Yet, there is a magic to the book. It is engrossing, it is encompassing, it plays with the ideas of stories and rumors. It is actually quite fitting for Halloween because it is about masks and hidden thoughts, feelings, motivations and such.
It's a book to revisit.