Irrationalia is book exploring the thin line between madness, sanity, and social (un)reality. Within, you find characters trying to piece together a narrative that makes sense of their current predicament. But the truth is obscured by so many variables, as is the case in all of our lives. Herein, however, we get an element of supernatural mystery that adds to the characters’ confusion. For the reader, the supernatural elements add to the atmosphere as well as the complexity of the characters’ attempt to unravel exactly what is happening.
At the end I still wasn’t completely sure what had caused everything to happen, and that’s part of what makes the book good. Was their experience the result of internal issues, their social dynamic, or something beyond them? There’s plenty throughout to steer you towards any of those possibilities, but the autonomy of the reader is respected here.
The way the story weaves between the erotic and grotesque is really interesting. It’ll leave you a bit uneasy, but that’s what we’re here for right? If we wanted something sweet and simple, we’d be reading Dr. Seuss.