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  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (26 Sept. 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 144778622X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447786221
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 0.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,650,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Miguel on 18 Jan. 2012
Format: Paperback
Reading is a challenge. I would say that NASCENT ILLUSION is a challenge. A perfect symbiosis of title, covering, prose and poetry, carefully worked out to fit the personal genius of the writer.

Nathan Hassall has taken a good care in creating the title, for "it minds". Yes. Even the sound of the words spoken in loud voice will give a twist in the tongue that is sensual, and yet, behind that sensuality there is a dream quality...the feeling that you are before a flow of writing that is about what "it is not", just to understand the difference between the "before and the after" of being born, and the final result of an "illusion" that is implicit to Life.

The cover attracts us to the light, and that black&white inversion creates the effect of being inside the Soul's negative, that hollow space where the form of it will emerge, once we have got into contact with the Essence. Some will say...."never mind the cover. What about the words? ". And I will tell them. Well...this is a book's review, and I find that a book is more than words. The cover is a window. An invitation. And I cherish it and the pages destined to dedicate the work to some people the author is feeling like deserving it. And specially , the sweet and soulful dedicating of the book to a grand-mother's memory. When you do that, the book becomes eternal...stretching its virtue beyond Time. And so Nathan has done.

NASCENT ILLUSION can be "divided" into the prose and the poetry and there is not a clear division between them excepting the fact that prose has been placed before the poetry. Why not in a reversed way? Because there is a narrative..stories ....short stories that fill the basis of day-dreaming...or night-dreaming related, and they can glue us to the author's soul in a quicker way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JoelBenjamin on 4 Feb. 2012
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Nascent Illusion presents itself as an honest criticism of paradigm and opinion, a darkly satirical commentary on your inner-most feelings and a speaker of things you would never dare to admit. Hassall seems completely at ease with unusual word collocation, bending and melding language, and presents both poetry and prose that defy all standardised rules or concepts. These are the elements that make me continually quote lines and passages from this book to friends and family.

If you want smooth, natural tones to send you to sleep, this collection will do the opposite - it will shock and maybe even offend, so be prepared to open your mind and absorb the characters that begin to grow in this book. Reading through, you are rocked and awoken with brutal truths and sadistic overtones. The author implores you continually to look at life, at people, or to think about the words you use, very differently and in a way that keeps you thinking long after closing the book.

In moments, his characters break away from their narration and address you directly. They ask you questions and apologise for their actions. Nascent Illusion dares to pull you into the surreal realities that it creates, and once you are there, you become an eye-witness to the delusions of characters who even believe they can travel time, or the simple, likeable characters who need help and you are the only one who knows about them.

I cannot praise this book enough, not only because the poetry and prose breaks form and ignores the predictable, but also it doesn't need you to already enjoy reading - because this is like nothing you will have read before (in my opinion any way). Be prepared to be shocked, amused, saddened and entertained throughout these irony-soaked, cynically-charged pages.

Enjoy it. Look forward to The Ambient Chronicles: Bus Sex Monologue, Delusional Belief System, Cannot Deal Alone and, the piece that closes this collection, Imagine the Space.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ernie C on 11 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
"Here's a fabulous read for poetry readers and hopefully people
who don't ordinarily read poety. It's as much about the arthor as
anything else and that is what gives it it's special charm. In this,
his analogy of stories and poetry, we get to see the authentic and
orginal intelligence that is the author, riskying bravely himself on
his own unique perspective on many things. "So what?" You may say. . .
This is different. This is writen from the perspective of a mind with
the powers of authenticity and autonomy, powers all to rare in our
cookie cutter world. Something strikingly orginal happens within these
pages. In the same vain he speaks to us with A clear vision of the age
he is living in. This is not Keats or e e cummings or Emily Dickinson.
This is a poet for this generataion. This is a poet for NOW and with
possibly the same impact as Ginsbergs "Howl" did on another.
Personally, I will refer to it many times in the future for the many
new ideas that it offers up so generously and the question it begs;
"Who I'm I?"

Read Nascent Illusion http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/144778622X/ref=cm_cr_rev_prod_img

Ernie C
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dezzie on 8 Feb. 2012
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To say that one is challenged to look at the deeper darker side of ones personality and thought pattern by what is written in this outstanding book is an understatement !! Nathan Hassell challenges and cajoles the reader into experiencing a series of emotions from tear jerker to laughter to deep and profound thought provoking moments. This is a very clever and beautifully written masterpiece from someone who despite his young age appears to have the wisdom and understanding of how to touch and challenge the thoughts and emotions on a far deeper level that a number of his more mature contemporaries !! This is a book that will have you going back to read over and over as it touches you on a different level every time you read it. Nathan is a truly remarkable writer and an inspiration to all those that are fortunate enough to to encounter his writings and i along with others wait with anticipation and excitement for his next book and would avidly encourage all that have read NASCENT ILLUSION to spread the word to others and gain this young man the recognition that he deserves :)
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