Pandora’s Bottle is a delightful and skilfully executed work of contemporary fiction by a talented Awesome Indie author. The story revolves around the purchase and drinking of a very special bottle of wine, and is told from the points of view of various people connected to the events. The owner of the bottle, the owner of the restaurant, the waiter and the girl invited to share the bottle.
Each of these complex characters has their own engaging story that brings them into the sphere of this bottle of wine, worth half a million dollars. The book shows us how their individual stories contribute to the events that occur at the uncorking, but even more interesting is what happens to these characters after the event. A bottle of wine is, in the end, simply a bottle of wine, but when it is that unique & expensive, people’s reverence and expectations endow it with the power to change people’s lives, and this is what it does, in a very dramatic fashion.
The events of the uncorking lead to deep soul searching in all the characters and each of them goes through their own version of psychological death and resurrection. It is this that makes this book so powerful. This isn’t just a pretty story. It’s gutsy, meaningful and moving, and provides a clear mirror for us to evaluate our own lives in. This is what the best of fiction does. It is also is highly informative about wine.
Anyone who enjoys contemporary literature (I don’t use that term lightly) should read this, especially if you’re interested in wine, running a restaurant or dancing.