The Custodian of Paradise is brilliantly written, very complex, and full of intricately woven themes. However, it is very heavy in spirit. I am not sure I’d recommend this book to everyone, but I intend to try another one of Wayne Johnston’s books.
Looking for a review of the book, I found a defense of fiction as travel writing. I have always said that most of what I know about the world I’ve read in novels, and this is a good explanation.