- Copertina flessibile: 202 pagine
- Editore: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edizione (17 aprile 2013)
- Collana: Heaven, Hell, and the Planet in Between
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1484090187
- ISBN-13: 978-1484090183
- Peso di spedizione: 363 g
The Uniter (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 17 apr 2013
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Sean Patrick Brennan is a graduate of Manhattan College with degrees in Theology and English Literature. A professional freelance writer, he has published more than five dozen articles on various theological and spiritual topics. Sean is also a former Roman Catholic monk whose years as "Brother Sean" have influenced much of who he is today. Besides living as a monk for four years, Sean has danced (briefly) on a Broadway stage, been kissed under the Eiffel Tower, seen the bones of Saint Peter, watched the sun rise at the top of Mount Haleakala in Hawaii, received a Humanitarian of the Year award, and traveled across the United States as a member of the famous Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol. He and his partner Andy live in Malverne, New York. www.facebook.com/PlanetInBetween
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As a reader of traditionally long descriptive fiction it is also a different experience to read dialog. At the same time it does enable to reader to stay in your own mind verses thinking through one characters eyes.
Definitely looking forward to what develops in the second book!
Each chapter of the novel is prefaced by a relevant quote from the likes of C.S. Lewis, Mahatma Gandhi, Saint Augustine, and even Mark Twain. The dialogue and narrative coalesce around each of these ideas to move the story along from one surprising encounter to the next. Along the way, the conversations between Stephen and his therapist - and others who enter the story - reveal some remarkable spiritual insights.
Without spilling any spoilers, the story presents some perspectives on Heaven, hell, God, angels, demons and humans that some readers may find questionable, controversial, or ridiculous. Others may find them plausible, rational, or even realistic. Personally I found a lot to think about (did I mention the book was thought-provoking?), and I very much look forward to the sequel.
So why only four stars? It’s a rather nitpicky and perhaps silly reason: while the conversational writing style is very accessible, in the early chapters I was distracted by the lack of commas between clauses. I probably overuse commas myself, but I like the way they organize sentences in my brain as I read or write. I kept wanting to get out a pencil and mark up the first few chapters. That said, it did not take me long to become so engrossed in the story that I forgot about the punctuation. Of course, anyone who has actually tried to write dialogue knows it’s much more difficult than it looks, and Sean Patrick Brennan actually does it quite well. The conversation would transpose nicely into a graphic novel or a screenplay (and I wouldn’t mind seeing what some of these characters look like).