Many of Almond's recurrent themes are encapsulated here: life and death, wildness and community, faith, religion and a touch of otherworldly magic. It's a story of light and hope about what it means to be on the cusp of adulthood in a world which never fails to astonish. One of his most beautiful novels to date.
Almond never lets his big themes slow the plot - and The Colour of the Sun, told in a trance-like present tense, remains brilliantly suspenseful until the end. In a foreword, the 66-year-old Almond says that the book is about "what excites and mystifies me about the nature of being young". He is that rare thing - a writer of lucid, mature elegance, who can still see the world through adolescent eyes.
This book yearns with nostalgia for the cusp between boyhood and manhood, when feelings are intense, and boys hardly dare express them. Involving warring families and a knifing, it is also about reconciliation and acceptance. It is lyrical, transcendental and shot through with dialect voices.
David Almond returns to deliver a powerful story centring around the acceptance of loss of one’s childhood after a parent’s death and the journey towards adulthood, which is portrayed beautifully in this coming-of-age novel.