SYNOPSIS: This is the story of life. It is about love and relationships; about the importance of family; about how real life and human emotions invariably mess each of these up. It looks at death, divorce and dating; losing loved ones; family feuds and other intertwined issues; grief and stress and how we seek to cope (or spectacularly fail to do so) with all that fate and fortune throws at us on our journey through life. It is a series of personal anecdotes intertwined with the author’s view of the world, both then as it happened and especially now he is older and hopefully much wiser. It is written with the benefit of hindsight. If he had had such clarity and understanding at the time, much of it would never have happened. But he didn’t. As we all know: “To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid”
REVIEW: Sadly, I cannot recommend this work. It has to be one of the worst I’ve ever read, but before I get into the why? I will say that, it could have been so much more. There is a story here, but it’s not the story that’s being told.
The story it should have been is one of how a terrible car accident caused the death of the driver’s girlfriend. The driver survived, but the disaster had such a profound effect upon his life, it continually influenced his decisions in life, and here’s how he came to terms with it all… Something like that.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t any sign of remorse, and rather a string of excuses as to how none of this was his fault from where he goes on to mention the conquers in his life and how, in all honesty, all men are after the same thing… very sad.
On top of the above I’ve mentioned, the grammar is awful, there is no cohesiveness to the story… it’s all over the place like it was written ad hoc and just left that way. I thought several of the chapters or parts thereof belonged elsewhere in the book… I don’t know.
This only proves what I’ve said to several people. Anyone can throw words on a page. That doesn’t mean anyone can be a writer. It requires a special set of skills and hard work to be a writer. Moreover, we might ‘all have a book in us,’ but that doesn’t mean we all have the skills necessary or the ability to write that book.
I couldn’t even give a one star rating to the work above, and therefore didn’t place the review on Amazon or Goodreads. Why is it here? This book was actually entered for The Diamond Book Awards and consequently rejected with entry fee reimbursed. This resulted in my revision for the entry requirements for the award… I thought charging a fee to enter would prevent such books from being entered. How wrong was I?!
…Here endeth the lesson.