I Want To Go Home: A Journey of Recovery || A Book Review

I Want To Go Home

Author: Wesley Leon Aroozoo

Publisher: Math Paper Press

Released: September 2017

Genre: Nonfiction

Pages: 222

Format: Paperback

On the 11th of March, 2011, Yasuo Takamatsu lost his wife to the tsunami during the Great East Japan earthquake. Since that fateful day, he has been diving in the sea every week in search for her.

Compelled and inspired to share his story, I Want To Go Home is a journey from Singapore to Onagawa through the lens of the intrigued to meet him. Of unlikely friendships across borders and languages; to share a man’s loss, recovery and determination to reunite with his wife.

First impression: “Okay…. This is different.”

This book is not my usual go-to genre, to be honest. Plus, I was expecting something a little bit different, perhaps a biography or a memoir. However, as I read the first 3 chapters, I realised I Want To Go Home was totally different from what I anticipated. This book is told from the author’s perspective and his journey meeting with Mr. Takamatsu, whom is our main person in this book. For me, it was sort of like watching a documentary while reading book.

“It is when you lose hope in finding it, that means it’s been lost.”
– Wesley Leon Aroozoo, I Want To Go Home

I couldn’t comment much on the writing style because it’s my first time encountered this kind of writing style but I must say that at the starting of the book, I did feel disconnected with the story. Even though I was reading it in the first POV but I was very aware that it is the author who’s narrating the story and I couldn’t really immerse myself and be part of the journey.

“I believe we all fall in love and form a bond to remind ourselves that there is more to life than just ourselves. A reminder that we are not alone.”
– Wesley Leon Aroozoo, I Want To Go Home

As the story went by, I got used to the way the book was written. I really liked the information provided by the author regarding the things he came across in each chapter, how he relates his experience with Mr. Takamatsu’s experience and tie up everything together at the end of every chapter. It was really clean and neat.

“It is never clear. Everyone has his or her own belief of the afterlife. Instead of trying to capture it, to make sense of it and give us meaning, perhaps it’s better to let it simply be a mysterious blur.”
– Wesley Leon Aroozoo, I Want To Go Home

One of the aspect that really made me like this book is the values and the messages conveyed. Mr. Takamatsu’s story was really moving. How he’s still finding for his wife up till now after she went lost during the tsunami that hit Onagawa in 2011 and also his strong will in fighting against his wife’s employer in court regarding the safety protocols during natural disasters are some of the most inspiring events that I’ve known. These actions of him could be a start of a something new. It instills awareness and conscience among the society which is truly amazing.

“I just want to tell her that we are all doing fine. Our family is doing fine. And I would ask her where she is.”
– Wesley Leon Aroozoo (Mr. Takamatsu), I Want To Go Home

Also, this book comes in two languages, which are English and Japanese. However, my review is solely based on the English part of the book. If you could read both languages, it’d be so cool that you get to experience the author’s journey and Mr. Takamatsu’s story in an another language. Who knows it will give you different vibe? 😉

Overall, I was really moved by Mr. Takamtsu’s story and I think that more people should give this book a chance to get to know what it feels like to lose someone and yet knowing that he or she is still somewhere out there waiting to be found.

P.S: I hope you like this new “upgrade” of my review post! I’m too excited to wait for 2019 to happen, so here you go! :p

P.P.S: An author interview with Wesley Leon Aroozoo is coming up very soon! 😉

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