The Palace of Curiosities by Rosie Garland reminds me a little of Forever. Like Henry Morgan’s character, the male protagonist in this book, Abel, seems to live forever. No injury can harm him as he is the man who does not bleed. Unlike Henry, however, Abel does not ‘die’ and ‘reemerges’, and he seems to have a problem remembering who he is, or his past. I thought the book would follow the route of two unusual people finding each other in a freakshow circus, but while the element of a freakshow is certainly there, it was more theatre than circus, and it was really focused on the two main characters finally deciding to take their lives into their own hands. While finding each other, of course.
I thought it was a pretty good read overall. Intriguing, interesting and not particularly clichéd. Worth reading if you like books that are a little bit more unusual than the mainstream, and not very heavy on the romance either.