'The novella carries a certain forward momentum: a pace that translator David Colmer brings beautifully to the English. The reader has no choice but to be swept along for the ride; a run-away train where light and sound blur into one and the only landmarks are brief and secluded stations along the way—a conversation, the light of the setting sun, a smile.' Beau Lowernstern, Asymptote

 

'This novel is also a careful examination of power, and how it can be enacted, and used to change and control. It is terrifying, and reminds us that as humans we are sometimes careless with power. We know the damage it can do, and this odd little fable reminds us of that, in a surreal but nonetheless heartbreaking way.' These Little Words

 

'As the story progresses, The Man I Became turns into a taut thriller, picking up pace without losing focus on the themes which run through the narrative.' The Workshy Fop

 

'No, The Man I Became is not all that similar to the usual Peirene fare, but it’s an excellent book, and perhaps one of my favourite Peirene titles for a while. A thought-provoking book working on several levels, Verhelst’s novella gives us the voice of a ‘man’, of a person, wondering if he has made the right decisions.' Tony's Reading List

 

The Man I Became is a powerful and thought-provoking first book with which to start the Fairy Tale series and I look forward to the other novellas with great anticipation. The Bookbinders Daughter
 

'Written in a sparse, succinct literary style that fits snugly in the Peirene canon of stylish but provocative translated fiction, The Man I Became is a book that jolts its reader and forces you to think.' bookishramblings

 

'The Man I Became is an intriguing start to Peirene’s Fairy Tale series, one that left me wondering what would come next.' David's Book World

 

'As the directors of Counterpoint Arts say on the inner sleeve; “We are living in a time of human displacement. We need bold and imaginative interventions to help us make sense of migration. And who better to do this than artists who are engaging with this issue.” A book that is wonderfully aligned with that statement, a book about displacement, a surreal fairy tale, but one that lingers and will make you think twice before you buy that next circus or SeaWorld ticket.' Messy Booker

 

'What is civilisation anyway, and how far should we follow our dreams? In this short new novel narrated by a gorilla, the Belgian Flemish novelist, Peter Verhelst, explores these questions and more in an entertaining modern fairy tale.' Annethology

 

'I loved the way dreamland is put together. It's like a nightmare version of disneyland put together by Werner Herzog.' Winstonsdad

 

'In parts ridiculous, thought-provoking and often sobering, this wonderful exploration of instinct and identity is a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction.' Food for Bookworms

 

'...a thought-provoking tale of the dangers of the human ego and the desire to control everything we can, and of the frailty that can lead to. Well worth a read.' Fromfirstpagetolast

 

'For me, it spoke about slavery, immigration, man's destruction of habitat and the environment, and the way 'civilised' society is often heartless and cruel in ways that the 'natural' world isn't. Give it a try, and see what it says to you!' Our Book Reviews Online

 

'...the history of colonialism along with its attendant fears for what assimilation of 'others' might mean that really looms large, but as with any good fairy tale there is room for far more than one interpretation or moral.' Desperate Reader