Book Review: If God Allows by Robert P Cohen


If God Allows is the fictional memoir of a high school dreamer, film school rebel, advertising hack, American atheist who sought a life worth writing about in a land where prayer and religion were only slightly more ubiquitous than sex, drugs, magic, and systematic corruption.

The book is divided into two parts: Part-I: a fictional memoir of Paul Goldberg and Part-II: written by the character Nisa where the “whys” and the “hows” will all be explained.

The protagonist Paul Goldberg gives the readers an insight into his childhood memories, breakups, his ambitions, dreams, creativity, life choices, and the desire to write a book. Well-narrated and quick read.

The plot takes on a smooth pace in the beginning and gradually makes the readers engaging. The Characters are brilliantly connected to the story.

Thoughtful conversations at the beginning of the book gradually turn into terrible incidents with an unexpected climax.

Perfect examples of Jakarta traffic and the comparison of the city to village life wonderfully portrayed. You can experience the beauty of Jakarta city through the author’s description along with Paul’s memory lane.

The right mix of heartwarming moments, true love, farewells, and tragic situations gives a realization that the simple pleasures are what life is all about.

I loved the way the author expressed the missing days of events as phone conversation messages.

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