Desirable Body by Hubert Haddad: A Book Review

The overriding state a reader is bound to experience with this book is confusion.

However, don’t let that deter you because if it does, then the author has succeeded in making you understand the woes of Cedric in his quest to be at peace with both his body and mind. I mean, isn’t that what most of us go through? The quest to belong, to be at peace with body, mind, soul and some even unplug from the internet, travel to India, or pick up a minimalist lifestyle, just to name a few?

This book introduces us to Cedric, but first, we meet him as Cedric Erg, the Journalist who does not like pharmaceutical companies. He detests them so much that he doesn’t mind writing or investigating about their evil ways. Then while at sea, he gets into an accident and is paralyzed from the neck down and we meet Cedric Allyn-Weberson, the son, and sole heir to the billionaire who owns a pharmaceutical company. The events that follow deal pretty much with whether Cedric will live or not and when Daddy swoops in, you bet, he’s going to demand the best for his son. (Can I just say that I loved the irony here?)

It’s the first book by Haddad that I’m reading and though it’s a translation, I’d say that I felt like I had a moment or two where I did empathize with Cedric. I did volunteer to read this book off NetGalley, because I was curious to see where it would lead me. I’ll say that if you’re a Wanderer, I’ll leave it to you to decide.


About the author:Hubert Haddad is a Tunisian poet, playwright, short story writer and novelist. He was born in Tunis in 1947. His debut collection of poems Le Charnier déductif appeared in 1967, and his first novel Un rêve de glace was published in 1974.Image result for hubert haddad

My playlist whilst reading this book:

  • God I Look to You by Bethel Music
  • Serenade No. 13 ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ Allegro- Mozart
  • You Came (Lazarus) by Bethel Music
  • God’s Plan- Drake
  • In My Blood- Shawn Mendes
  • Nervous- Shawn Mendes
  • Revival-Eminem
  • Sorry- Beyonce


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