Visions Through a Glass, Darkly Paperback – Jan 29 2016
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About the Author
David I. Aboulafia is an attorney with a practice in New York City.
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This isn't your normal suspense novel. It's unique.
The author isn't out to scare you. He's out to make a change in you.What would you do if you knew you would die in 3 days? I would suggest you lock all doors and if you hear a strange sound, BEWARE! Something is going to happen like nothing ever before. Will reading this book change you?
Take a good look at the cover. It's amazing!
I received a complimentary copy of VISIONS THROUGH A GLASS,DARKLY from the author, David I. Aboulafia in exchange for my unbiased review. No other compensation took place.
Author David I. Aboulafia is a man of his word. “Visions of a Glass, Darkly” will definitely make you question things, disagree with some of what he’s written, but most of all, appreciate that he took his time to deliver a piece of literature that takes its readers on a journey. Richard Goodman is the main character, and as the story unfolds, you learn about his life, but most importantly, you learn and find out how his work as an administrator for The Waterman School of Watchmaking for people with disabilities in the City of New York intertwines with his personal life causing all of those around him to meet their demise in some way or another.
Various scenes throughout the book could be applied to real-life situations such as Aboulafia’s vivid description of the people with disabilities who attend this school, and their involvement with watchmaking, as well as some of their stories and how they ended up attending this particular school. “By design, the school is filled with students possessing a variety of physical disabilities. Some came to their fate through that wheel of chance called genetics, crushed by the irreversible weight of their aberrant DNA. Others are simply casualties of their fatal choices; mangled and torn asunder by car accidents or gunshot wounds,” he writes.
Aboulafia’s “Visions Through a Glass, Darkly” is a chilling read, and at times will anger you with the way his main character, Richard Goodman describes people with disabilities as, “Casualties of a disinterested god, who on one fine morning elected to umpire a cosmic game of softball, and simply took his eye off the ball for a time.” But at the same time, as previously stated, will have the reader questioning certain situations about their own life or within the book when he states things like, “That one day, each of us will come face to face with the unavoidable end of our lives. It is the nightmare that silently trails us, the horror that ultimately consumes us, and the great terror that we loath to face. But what if we were to face it? What if we confronted the demons we have spent a lifetime pushing into the deepest recess of our brains?”
“Visions of a Glass Darkly” is definitely unconventional, at times humorous and sarcastic, and also engaging. It is filled with suspense, has a mysterious mystic about it, but also a realness bringing to life certain elements within the book that at times make what you read seem to be a reality rather than a work of fiction. Aboulafia’s work is for those of you who love a suspenseful novel, do not mind the unconventional and how unusual it may be, or that it brings you to question things about life or why and how certain situations take place within this book. What you will find by reading David Aboulafia’s book “Visions Through a Glass, Darkly” is as Aboulafia puts it, “Nothing is as it appears to be. Before you read, make sure your door is locked and listen carefully for any sound at the threshold.”
Disclaimer: I provided my review of David Aboulafia’s “Vision Through a Glass, Darkly free of charge. His book is available on Amazon.
The main character finds himself literally coming in contact with other characters who have done dastardly deeds or are dealing with their own demons. This only intensifies the feelings of extreme anxiousness, despair, and the struggle both external and internally. Richard Goodman is a character you really learn to sympathize with but not too much to wear hes completely helpless. In many ways he reminds me of a tragic hero. I dont want to give away too much of the plot but this is definitely a novel worth reading.
Visions through a Glass, Darkly by David I. Aboulafia is a pulsating story that will accelerate your heartbeat, one you cant stop until you read to the very last page. I wont like to divulge more about the plot, but you can be sure that you wont be able to put this one down. The writing is crisp, tight, and downright gorgeous. The masterful use of the first person narrative gives an acute sense of immediacy to the story and allows readers to walk up close with the protagonist. You'll be watching an interesting and highly entertaining movie in your head when you read this book.