The Cabinet is a surreal tale of a government worker who manages symptomers, who may be the next evolution of mankind. Each of the symptomer’s tales are told separately giving this book the feel of short stories with an overarching narrative loosely tying them together.
My favorite surreal book is Murakami’s The Wind-up Bird Chronicle. I was fully down in the well with that book’s narrator. I didn’t feel anywhere near as connected with the characters in The Cabinet. In fact, the Mad Hatter feels more real to me than these characters. For this reason, the book gets 3 stars from me.
Thanks to Angry Robot and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.