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.
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