Do you love raw, unfiltered, uncorrupted characters who define and play their own role, not the one created by the author? I do. And Blackout is the first book that filled me with both dread and pride after only a few pages because the main protagonist, Stu, came to me raw, unprocessed, cynical, electrifying with thoughts and feelings and language that made me shudder at first but exhilarated for I knew at last I had stumbled upon that unique specimen of a character.
About the Book
Stu is experiencing a crisis like no other. Stirred by a swift moral, political, and philosophical awakening that is evoked by the sudden and unexpected tragic unravelling of his closest friends’ lives, he suddenly finds his comfortable humdrum middle-class existence as a doctor in South London anything but fulfilling.
In his quest to find meaning and make sense of the changes around him, Stu tries to understand his place as a black man in his adopted country.
Narrated in the first person by Stu, this is a candid story about his journey from a complex childhood to oblivion through a labyrinths of debilitating racial, class, and identity tensions that smoulders under the facade of a seemingly genial society. The fast-paced, raw, visceral narration reflects Stu’s state of mind. Clearly, he is a man running out of patience, out of time, and out of social appropriateness - not only in his life but in his writing and use of language.