Book: MONO by Alex Exarchoscategories: Book, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Metaphysics, Mathematics, Professional Basketball, Paradox, Romance, Horror, Dreams, Utopia, Politics, Mystery, Self-Awareness
Alex Exarchosabout this book: "MONO" is a unique book in many aspects. For starters, it was conceived, written, revised and published in less than two weeks time. "MONO" cannot be considered as a pure sample of any known genre. It is close to science fiction, perhaps more than anything else, but still the sci-fi tag does not represent its content to an absolute extent. It has 11 chapters; structured in a very strict and peculiar way: Chapter 1 is one page long (when I talk about page here, I refer to a typical Word A5 size page), then Chapter 2 is two pages long, Chapter 3 is four pages long… Chapter 6 is 32 pages long… Chapter 8 is 8 pages long and Chapter 11 is, again, 1 page.
"MONO" is a multi-layered novel that can be read from many different perspectives; however it always manages to be consistent, meaningful and entertaining. In a sense, it is an allegorical story about each one of us, human beings, and how the way we view our lives, other peoples' lives and the mysterious universe that surrounds us, constantly changes and, yet, constantly remains the same. "MONO" celebrates the inherent paradox and absurdity of existence. It entertains the notion that both heaven and hell can be basically found within our heads. Perhaps, the novel's tagline is the following phrase taken from it: "There is no shortcut from dreams to reality; there are endless shortcuts from realities to dreams".
In a nutshell, reading "MONO" should be viewed as an exercise of self-awareness and self-actualization by and for the reader.
As for the title, let's just say that, among other things, "MONO" stands for one, lonely and union.
Let yourself become absorbed into "MONO"'s magic, it's worth it!
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