Book: Never An Orphan Soul by Paul Arendtcategories: Book, Poetic, Ancestry, Soul, Literary Fiction, Madness, Beautiful Writing, Spirituality
Paul Arendtabout this book: This is a book for the culturally homeless, for those who feel adrift in a vast supermarket, for those who search in the air with a pointed finger for the pulse of the universe.
Never an Orphan Soul explores ancestry and the river of blood connecting us to the past, to each other, and it invites readers to explore the wide terrain of their own inner worlds.
The story's narrator, Gerard, makes stringed instruments like his father. He struggles to make an identity of his own, and he doesn't believe in anything but chaos and doom. An accident in his workshop leads to hallucinations, visions, madness, communication with his ancestors, and Gerard writes his story from the edge. The novel's power rests in Gerard's transformation, but the novel's heart is in the manic and frenzied passion of his friend Randolph, a new American saint who believes in every god there ever was.
Young readers will enjoy the story's speed, and older readers will appreciate Arendt's lyrical and complex style.
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