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Ronald W. Maron "pilgrim" (Nova Scotia)

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Trail of Broken Wings
Trail of Broken Wings
Price: CDN$ 6.53

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4.0 out of 5 stars Domestic abuse; the hidden tragedy of family life..............., Sept. 6 2015
Having worked as a therapist throughout my career with similar families I found that the purpose and goal of this novel to be quite intriguing. The tragedy of domestic abuse in families is far more common place than society allows itself to realize. While the thrust of the novel, for the most part, was terribly and frighteningly real, there were a few instances which it stretches the imagination to the breaking point. A male dominated society, such as India, does produce a high number of abusive husbands and fathers, this cannot be denied. This same society, however, also produces an equally high number of enabling women who ignore or repress what is occurring due to their own battered self-esteem or sadistic view of themselves. While the tale shows that all three of the daughters were psychologically damaged it does not show the most common trait that siblings from such an environment obtain, that is a continuation of this abuse after establishing their own independent lives. Abusive families generally produce the next generation of abusive families. During childhood this becomes the 'norm' and, being so, is adapted by the offspring when the attain the 'power' position in the role of parent and adult. Seldom, however, would the female in the original situation carry out a homicide as Ranee did in this case. This person would be too overwrought with guilt to allow their repressed anger to surface to this degree. And, likewise, because this level of abuse had been repressed so deeply by the family for the mother and daughters to openly discuss its occurrence at a latter date is also highly unlikely. Lastly, the novel ends on a 'happily ever after' note. This, too, is highly unlikely for the burden of decades of physical, psychological and sexual abuse of this nature seldom leaves any of the offspring with even scant hope of attaining a moderate level of peace let alone happiness.......................

One Step Too Far: A Novel
One Step Too Far: A Novel
Offered by HarperCollins Publishers CA
Price: CDN$ 16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars middle/beginning/conclusion; a unique sequence of telling a story........., Aug. 29 2015
While admittedly I am neither a fan of mysteries nor of fiction in general, I found this to be an intriguing read, nonetheless. As the old saying goes; "Everyone has one good tale to tell.", Ms. Seskis did have a 'good tale' by reaching into the depths of her soul and, thereby, creating a wonderful story. Unlike most linear stories, this one starts from the middle, goes back to its beginning and then concludes with a complimentary ending. While some readers may have found this to be a bit confusing not only are they the same readers who fail to offer any work and compassion into what they read but this interrupted manner of presenting the story gave us the ability to attempt to put the reasons together for the story long before their actuality is explained to us. Bravo, Ms. Seskis, a brilliant decision to present the story in this manner...........

The One I Was
The One I Was
Price: CDN$ 5.22

4.0 out of 5 stars We all carry with us the regrets from our past..........., Aug. 20 2015
This review is from: The One I Was (Kindle Edition)
This is a somewhat complex novel that examines the life of two unlikely characters that exist two generations apart. While the thrust of the writings is one of their past regrets one is also attracted to them as people due to their constant striving to overcome their past sins. The characterizations are fully developed and the novel provides a few twists and turns that are somewhat surprising. The only fault in the novel lies in the fact that we are never made aware of how Benny was eventually able to afford the estate in question. A minor glitch but a glitch nonetheless

Between the World and Me
Between the World and Me
Offered by Random House Canada, Incorp.
Price: CDN$ 15.99

2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unresoved anger only leads to more of the same.................., Aug. 5 2015
Let me first state that our author does have a unique ability of stringing words together to form a pleasant and telling sentence structure making it a enjoyable read. But, words are not only created to make the reading of them a pleasant process, they are created for their overall and eventual meaning. It is this area that I wish to explore.

I was disappointed in the reading of this text for it showed me that the resolution of our racism issues in the US have much farther to go than I had hoped. I was, in fact, hoping to read of an immerging resolution from a renowned black author but what I perused instead was the perseverance of black on white and white on black anger. Can I blame the author for this outlook? Certainly not for the on-going hatred of the white supremacists has not only gone on far too long but seems to be elevating at this point in history. Alas, our author offers no magic pill, mantra or training course for all of us to ingest to stop our abhorrent behavior towards one another. Police brutality, racist violence and ongoing pervasive prejudice seems to flood our airways and saturate our daily news with its bloodshed and hatred. Has this been brought about through our election of our first black President? In part, most certainly so. To a white supremacist it is one thing to ‘force oneself’ to intermingle with an ‘inferior race’ and it is entirely another to see the red, white and blue be led by a person who fully represents their on going and irrational hatred. How does the author respond to this white anger? With anger that is returned in kind.

No, I am certainly not proposing that the black culture of our country meet the white violence with forgiveness and contrition as some religious figures seem to encourage. No, their lives have been shattered through no fault of their own and other people’s actions against them should not be met with faithful prayers until the perpetrators humbly realize the depth of their abuse and beg for that forgiveness. We cannot allow them to continue to hide behind the thin blue line formed by the brotherhood of the police nor let them retreat under the shadows of bed sheets and Confederate flags. It is the perpetrators of this national hatred who need to make the necessary changes and not the victims themselves.

We, as a society, have a great deal of resolution that needs to take place before complete integration and equality can truly be met. Unfortunately movements towards this peaceful resolve are thwarted daily by the likes of FOX News, Rush Limbaugh and the like. Hatred and prejudice spews forth from their voices like ice pellets during a winter storm and, most disturbingly, is received by an audience that welcome their parallel and hateful perceptions of non-white cultures. They have been preaching their unholy mantra for over two decades and their disciples have dutifully responded. When and how will this ever cease or reach the level of equilibrium that rational Americans so desperately seek? The only hopes that we grasp tightly is the fact that the older, white male population must face the omega of life that we all must face; death and with it comes their generation of hatred coming to an end. Sadly, however, we have been stating this factoid as a truism for over two centuries. Will it ever become a reality? Maybe not, but that should serve as an impetus to reach a racial accord through other peaceful means and gentle accords ......

Resurrection (Xist Classics)
Resurrection (Xist Classics)
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2.0 out of 5 stars A major disappointment from a renowned author.........., Aug. 1 2015
After having read all of Tolstoy's infamous works I turned to this book expecting the same great moralistic treatment as before. All of the horror of peasant life was presented in a clear, if not somewhat exaggerated, fashion. Then the author brings in a clearly defined hero who was making strong attempts to undo the harms he had caused to vulnerable persons throughout his life. And, lastly, a damaged heroine was presented as an extremely attractive maiden who was struggling within her class structure to do her best with the difficulties that her life had presented her with. The atonement for previous sins upon our fair maiden was given by the Prince but kindly rejected. This brought about a new realm of possible resolution between the individuals of different social classes. At last, I triumphed, Tolstoy will again take the high moral ground and reach a universal truth that can be applied to us all. Alas, I was totally wrong! The last chapter of "Resurrection" has our Prince turning to the New Testament as the answer to all of the abuses that mankind suffers from!

This is more than disappointing for it is simply another meek attempt to seek out easy answers to very difficult problems and, as time has shown, Christianity is not the answer at to man's inhumanity towards his fellow men. In most cases it is just the opposite when you view the Crusades, the Inquisition and present-day Eastern conflicts. It is simply a 'feel good' answer where the person practicing the church's dogma is led to believe that through prayer and Bible study the world is righting itself from its previous wrongs. In fact, little, if anything, is changing at all because of any religion. Because our Prince was a man of privilege, he was also a man of great power and authority. Tolstoy should have used this mechanism to induce social change downward rather than having him hide under a prayer shawl hoping that things turn out OK.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Determinism in America in the late 1800s............, July 24 2015
This review is from: Freckles (Kindle Edition)
Written in and reflecting upon a bygone era, Freckles clearly shows us both the class differential and rugged individualism of the early 1900s. While the underlying theme is that of a homeless boy and his determination to be the most productive person he can be in his social class there are other areas that the author explores. Emotional feelings of love, respect and admiration from other characters, the value of truth and honesty, the existence of selfishness and crudeness in the world and, yes, even the 'happily ever after' ending we all search for. This is an excellent YA book that should be read along side of 'Silas Marner'..................

The Field Updated Ed: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe
The Field Updated Ed: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe
by Lynne McTaggart
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let us stop arresting Galileo ....................., July 14 2015
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My review is twofold; first a few comments on the author and then a few more on the negative ratings some readers have posted.

First; Bravo to Lynne McTaggart! In a world that is overwhelmed with opposing views, black vs. white, conservative vs. progressive, science vs. religion, we have a reporter who not only realized that there is a middle ground that lies unfurrowed between science and religion but a person who took years from her life doing the necessary research and self-education in order to help define what this area is. Her book is well foot-noted and while her scientific language usage has developed past that of common understanding, she defines this middle ground with well thought out examples and the concise language that it deserves. I, likewise, have spent the past thirty years of my life attempting to comingle science and spirituality and this book has served as an excellent summary for the travails I have undergone.

Secondly; The only people who do not make mistakes in this lifetime are the ones who willing to do nothing more than repeat their past victories over and over again. Those who dare to probe into unknown territories, peek into ‘truisms’ to see if they are valid and risk being labeled as being eccentric in their theories and concepts are the only ones who will actually make mistakes. But they, too, are the only ones that will make incredible breakthroughs that move our world in a forward, evolutionary fashion by their courageous insights and daring. The reviewers who have degraded this author for her taking ‘questionable’ experiments and ‘off-the-wall’ scientists are the ones who are stuck in yesterday’s science and are only willing to accept thoughts that have proven themselves over the decades. While science, during the Enlightenment Era, had been able to move the world slowly away from religious dogma, they now are creating the same ignorant and immovable atmosphere that they originally found themselves into. They, in fact, have their own set of dogmas, their own set of beliefs that cannot be questioned and have created an atmosphere that there is no reality that exists outside of the small sphere that they have defined. We live in a world that is not at all the manner that we see it to be nor in a world where we are fully knowledgeable. We live in an atmosphere where we are trying to measure eleven dimensional space with primitive three dimensional objects. We live in a world wherewe ponder, but never truly grasp, the simple definition of the words ‘consciousness’ nor that which is ‘eternal’. No, dogmatic scientists do not meet weekly for Sunday service. Instead they simply control the reputation of their colleagues, the purse strings for experimentation and the publication power for future writings that prevents new and unique concepts of reality from receiving the attention they deserve. Please, let us stop locking Galileo in prison because he does not agree with our 1850 Newtonian concept of physics or that Einstein is the final answer for all space-time concepts We are ages away from complete scientific understanding. Why must we pretend that we are fully arrived?....

The Book of James
The Book of James
by Ellen J. Green
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 20.21
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1.0 out of 5 stars 'much 'ado about nothing'................., July 8 2015
This review is from: The Book of James (Paperback)
Every time that I am lured into reading a novel that has received a great number of positive reviews, I seem to forget who the reading public has become who wrote these reviews! They are a group of persons who can no longer tell the differences of Dickens and Faulkner from the Roberts and King's of the world! This book is built upon an elongated series of unbelievable occurrences, mixed in with secrecy, blatant acts of stupidity and then topped off with a double dose of incest and active paternal manipulative violence. This all occurs because of a dominating and disgraceful father-figure and his need for power and control? Where was Cora's responsibility for her reaction to his actions and her ultimate illegal behavior? Are we all meant to blame our socially unacceptable behavior on our parents? And, if so, at what age are we supposed to give this up and assume responsibility for ourselves?
Lapses in reality is what is the cause of failure for many recent novels, this one is no exception. Since when has Benadryl been used as a hallucinogen and control substance for an elderly person? Someone should contact the manufacturer and let them know that it does more than relieve allergic reactions! And how is it that a young, vibrant woman is trapped in a closet fearing for her life with only an elderly, lethargic matron carrying a flashlight and makes no attempt to overcome her and escape through an unlocked door? Isn’t her motivation to be freed greater than the matron’s to keep her imprisoned?
No, this is not James Faulkner, this is a pseudo-Stephen King novel and, being so, it is 'much 'ado about absolutely nothing.'..............

Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1)
Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1)
Price: CDN$ 1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Wayward Pines Trilogy............, June 26 2015
Writing a dystopic novel that somewhat borders on believability and contains a group of characters that can be easily identified by its readers is a difficult task. To write a fast moving trilogy about this topic both monumental and rare. The author has accomplished this in an admirable fashion. While some reviewers complain about the slow down of the 'action' in book #2 I feel that Mr. Crouch took this opportunity, through a series of flashbacks, to further familiarize us with not only the lead, but ancillary, characterizations. The action is fast and extremely gory at times while all the while we hold out hope for Wayword Pines' citizens. We have the typical 'good guys vs. bad guys vs. monsters' but it is done in an aura of good writing skills and semi-believability..............

The Husband's Secret
The Husband's Secret
Offered by Penguin Group USA
Price: CDN$ 13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars It is the webs of deceit that ensnare us all.............., June 15 2015
When we look back on our own lives we can clearly see the missteps that have previously been taken by ourselves or those close to us. This reflection, however, should reveal that one of the greatest harms that is done to us or those around us is one simple word; deceit. Whether the lie is created to protect ourselves from the truth or whether it was created to protect those close to us, when the eventual truth is revealed (as it always is) the damage may have become irreparable and the relationships involved, being dashed against the boulders of reality, may never to be the same again. Ms. Moriarty has captured the destructive force that such falsehoods will lead all of us to.
The novel itself captures the intricacies of three separate families and all the foibles that accompanies them. They are all then thrust, through different circumstances, back into the town in which they all formerly resided and their lives become enmeshed with the deceit of the past. Each family attempts to seek a new level of homeostasis while vain attempts are made to leave the past where is obviously belongs; in the past............................

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