By Wu Ming-Yi, Darryl Sterk
While a tsunami sends a major island made fullyyt of trash crashing into the Taiwanese coast, very various people--an outcast from a legendary island and a girl at the verge of suicide--are united in methods they by no means can have imagined. this is the English-language debut of a brand new and fascinating award-winning voice from Taiwan, who has written an "astonishing" novel (The Independent) that's instantaneously fable, truth, and dystopian environmental saga.
Fifteen-year-old Atile'i--a local of Wayo Wayo, an island someplace within the Pacific--has come of age. Following the customized of his humans, he's set adrift as a sacrifice to the ocean God yet, not like those that have long past prior to him, Atile'i is set to defy precedent and continue to exist. His percentages appear narrow, yet simply because it appears to be like that wish is misplaced, Atile'i comes throughout a sprawling trash vortex floating within the ocean and climbs onto it.
Meanwhile, at the east coast of Taiwan, Alice, a school professor, is conquer with grief. Her husband and son are lacking, having disappeared whereas climbing within the mountains close to their domestic. Alice is so distraught that she comes to a decision to finish her personal lifestyles. yet her plans are interrupted via a violent typhoon that motives the trash vortex to collide with the Taiwanese coast, bringing Atile'i in addition to it. Alice and Atile'i as a consequence shape an not going friendship that is helping every one of them come to phrases with what they've got misplaced. jointly they got down to discover the secret of Alice's misplaced kinfolk, following their footsteps into the mountains. Intertwined with Alice and Atile'i's tale are the lives of others plagued by the tsunami, from environmentalists to Taiwan's indigenous peoples--and, after all, the mysterious guy with the compound eyes.
A paintings of lyrical good looks that mixes magical realism and environmental delusion, The guy with the Compound Eyes is an important tale in regards to the bonds of relatives, the that means of affection, and the lasting results of human destruction.