Marching on Pages

In The Spooky Art by Norman Mailer, he likens a novelist to “a general who sends his troops across fields of paper.” I immediately became enamoured with the analogy and have since found myself, on numerous occasions, lost in daydreams of sending armed letters marching across a page commanding others to move to a later page at the reader’s flank in order to catch them in one of those ‘I did NOT see that coming!’ moments.

The written word is a wonderful art that has had me hypnotized by it’s song for a much shorter time than I would care to admit. This is the place I would like to pay my respects, in a small way, to those who have done the work of wooing me with their craft.

I do not intend to put up the guise of an individual in the profession of criticism, I only hope to provide a guiding light to help any readers find a book that will affect them the way many have effected me.

People will always maintain their own perceptions. One person may receive the armies of a book as a third-world country begging for assistance while another individual could resist the forces and may even take offence to their presence. My opinion on a book can, and surely will, differ dramatically from others.

I will only offer my extended opinion on books I have recently completed as things can become clouded in time, lessons get lost, and quirks grow skewed. Everything I post here is up for debate. I will allow and welcome any difference of opinion on any of the books I mention and will always be more than willing to receive recommendations that anyone has to offer.

Thank you kindly, and peace be the journey.

To see all reviews click here.

Or click one of the links below for a specific book review.

Tell Me How Long The Train’s Been Gone by James Baldwin

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

The Wings of the Dove by Henry James

Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Spooky Art by Norman Mailer

The Cool World by Warren Miller

Firmin by Sam Savage

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


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