The boy who saw in colours

book review

The boy who saw
in colours

written by
lauren robinson
review by
todd kuchel

What if colours could speak?

The boy who saw in colours, is the debut, historical fiction novel by Lauren Robinson, about Josef Schneider, a young boy with Synesthesia, living in Berlin, 1939.

Josef had learnt to paint from his grandmother and loves art, but when she’s gone and World War II begins, he and his brother are torn from their parents and sent to an elite school for shaping children to fit the master race.

As a nation holds its breath, Josef turns once again to the colours for guidance. 

Lost in the school that discourages the very idea of individuality, Josef realises that it is through art that he can express himself.

Winner of literary Titan’s gold book award for fiction, nominee of Biba Award 2020, long-listed for Saba book awards, and short-listed for Indy book awards 2020.

This incredible story is like poetry, beautifully written, though often difficult to read due to the grim reality of this topic.

With the interesting spin of Synesthesia, I found this like no-other book I have read, and enjoyable for the same reason.

A book that will appeal to those with an interest in WWII and even moreso to those who can relate to seeing the world in a different light.

Although, The boy who saw in colours, was released in 2020, it is set to be re-released later this year.

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Todd Kuchel

contributor // The barossa mag
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