June 22, 2024

Book Review: “The Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break”

steven sherrill minotaur cigarette break book cover

In a wonderfully surreal but strangely believable tale of mythology meets modernity, Sherrill’s first novel is a winner! I stumbled upon this one in the library, and was initially attracted by the cover and title. However, within a few pages of reading I was hooked! The Minotaur, long since forgotten by the majority of humanity now lives in North Carolina, USA, where he works as a chef. Long since bored of eating virgins, he busies himself with the mundane, everyday cycles we all experience.

Sherrill dips wonderfully and mysteriously into where the Minotaur, now known simply as “M” has spent the past 5,000 years. Short, poetic dream chapters hint at all he has seen in his long, winding life.

Ultimately, M as a character reflects the sense of isolation felt by us all at times. Within the protagonists’ nature is that sense of poor cohesion, sometimes touchingly human, at other times misanthropic M makes a wonderful anti-hero.

A great read, totally deserving of all the praise heaped upon it by the critics.

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