I just finished reading Cockroach by Rawi Hage. One of the five books chosen in this years CBC Canada Reads competition. Well I couldn’t put this one down. There is no wasted moment in this book, the story is compelling and every word has effect. I felt inside the story and inside the head of the troubled main character. In a very different way than Half-Blood Blues and Orenda, it shows the effects that war and human suffering can have on the soul.