Oscar is surrounded with almost everything - an affectionate foster mother, a bank account that gets topped up without asking for, a handful of friends who support him and a roof over his head in Kensington, London. From a materialistic point of view, this is what most of the people dream of. But, Oscar comes across as depressed.
He is still nursing a heartbreak when his boyfriend of five years decides to move to Tokyo. Throughout the narrative, I could experience a disconnect between Terry & Oscar, even when I felt the breakup was not the exact reason for Oscar's depression. In reality, there never is.
Oscar is complex and layered. He has no idea who is birth mother is, he is not keen on finding her, and he's merely existing. I don't know if it was a phase, but he seemed in a constant state of limbo. Just existing, not living. He didn't seem motivated by anything or anyone.
Oscar's mind is loud enough for the narrative and yet, he is surprised by the sound of his voice singing or humming a tune. He doesn't care to offer opinions and seemed more like a drifter, a watchful ghost, just standing in the middle of the chaos that his mind and circumstances have created, doing nothing, but mulling over.
I truly believe that Polis Loizou has created a tasteful piece of writing that blurs the lines between truth and fiction. It's a captivating novel because I actually loved reading the turmoils of Oscar's mind and what a human mind is capable of imagining. Oscar's infatuation with Tim is just as much indepth as you and I. It's almost painfully poetic. I loved Disbanded Kingdom to bits and will be reading it again and again, because I know there is still more I can discover from this novel.