The Snail’s Castle by Mark Gordon

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The Snail’s Castle by Mark Gordon follows the story of Jake who will do whatever it takes to win a prestigious scholarship to study at Oxford.

The Snail's Castle Book Tour

The Snail’s Castle by Mark Gordon

Jake Milson wants one thing and one thing only, to win the coveted and prestigious
Hollingshead Scholarship to do postgraduate work at Oxford. He intends to travel to England
with his girlfriend, Rebecca. But a problem arises. Professor Gregory Percival keeps getting in
his way. During Jake’s struggle with Percival, the lives of Jake, Rebecca, Percival and Percival’s
wife, Margaret, intertwine. The novel, with its unexpected twists, draws you into the inner lives
of its many captivating characters. It is a story of ambition, love, lust and revenge set against the
backdrop of romantic Montreal in the early 1960’s.

My Thoughts

The Snail’s Castle is an interesting, suspenseful book that I had to give my full attention to. Mark Gordon creates an interesting world of characters whose lives intersect with what started as a goal to achieve a scholarship but led to lust and revenge.

Jake is consumed by the thought of achieving the Hollingshead scholarship. So much so that he puts it above friendship, love, creativity and integrity. His goal is put above all else and it can be even frustrating to watch him put this selfish need in front of emotional needs, friendship and family. It is almost as though he lives in his own world of greed and this is the only thing that matters in the end.

The novel took an interesting twist when Jake is given a book from Percival, a book that he just can’t wrap his mind around. I found when this book is introduced I had to pay closer attention as we are given excerpts of this book and I did not want to miss anything. The Snail’s Castle is an intriguing tale of what ambition, lust and revenge can do to a person.

You can purchase a copy of the book on Amazon.

Rating: 4/5

About the Author:

Mark Gordon is a novelist and poet, born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
His published novels are The Snail’s Castle, The Kanner Aliyah and Head of the Harbour. He is
presently living in Toronto, Ontario, and teaches English to newcomers to Canada. He updates
his information regularly at

His poetry has been published in numerous literary journals in the United States and Canada,
including Quiddity, Illuminations, Poet Lore, RiverSedge, The Fiddlehead, White Wall Review,
Roanoke Review, and in the anthologies Arrivals: Canadian Poetry In The Eighties, The
Northern Red Oak, and Bright Stars 5, an Organic Tanka Anthology. Online, his poetry has
appeared in Linden Avenue Literary Journal and Versewrights.

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Disclosure: I received a digital copy of this book in order to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are my own.


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