I Wish


Title: I Wish

Writer: Toon Tellegen (translated by David Colmer), illustrated by Ingrid Godon

Publishing House: Elsewhere Editions

Date of Publication: March 31st 2020

Rating: 5 stars


written underneath.

If someone despaired anyway, they’d get arrested

and thrown into jail.

I don’t like despair.

They’d have special police to take care of it

”Ah, I seem desperate…at the end of your

tether…you’re coming with me!”

If I ever got desperate again -it could happen- 

I’d make sure nobody saw me.

I’d wait until it was dark and I was in bed

under the covers,

convinced nothing would ever come right again

between me and everyone else.”

Faces staring right at us. Serious, unblinking eyes. Some seemingly expressionless. Others are about to form a smile that may seem amused or sinister. When it comes to portraits everything is indeed in the eye of the beholder. A face hiding secrets and love and pain, all thoughts locked inside a head and a heart that will remain trapped in a frame for the ages to come.

Faces that are beautiful and inscrutable. Eyes that are merciless. Men and women, young and old. Confessions about loneliness and the need to be noticed and understood. The search for God, the fear of Death, the need for love and courage, the hatred and the sadness. Each line, each face may be us…

”I wish I was music, a song that everyone was singing,

whistling, humming. One everyone had

on their mind when they were in love.”

Many thanks to Elsewhere Editions and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.