Please take a look at the attachment, it contains the basic synopsis
of the novel and should give you good insights.
Some designers wonder about the character of Barnaby Smith. I've also
written this novel as a screenplay, with actor Jeremy Irons in mind.
He's alrady read it and likes the script. I've attached a photograph
of Jeremy Irons where he appears as I imagine Barnaby Smith would
So if you have Barnaby on the cover - if the man's just a silhouette
that stands for all of us, that's fine. If you're trying to go beyond
that, the character should reflect the real Barnaby. Tall, mid 50s,
institutionalized for half a century, scarred face from many falls,
bearded and always wears that cap.
Barnaby is an enigma - all he's wanted, all his life, was to lift his
arms and fly like a bird ... and that's impossible ... or is it. The
end of the novel has Barnaby jumping off a Himalayan cliff ... whether
he dies or not remains up to the reader's imagination.
The novel's a drama, it is about life and death, dark themes like
suicide, but also very much about hope, our collective wish to be free
(free as a bird), free of burdens, free of compromises, free of
everything that holds us down, locked and away from the freedom we see
when we look up at the bird in the sky.
Philosophical, I know ... but maybe it helps.