The Book of Days Hardcover – 1 Apr 2003
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
Prose poetry, but not overwhelming
15 May 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
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The Steve and Melanie(his wife) are amazing writers. I have not been disappointed by them to date. This book is yet another great piece of writing, though we're just talking Steve here. Each day is like a very small chapter, and each day is written like a prose poem. But not with the analyzation poems often require. The writing is intense, absorbing, but not complicated. Each individual day has its own theme, its own style while having a bit of the same style as every other day. Often the day uses a literary style or many other authors' voice's used as a template to relate to what Cal is talking about. You can relate to what is being talked about or not at all and it keeps changing. If you let yourself be sucked in the writing your emotions go up and down and you will start to feel things. Some of the writing is fantastical or horror, but the story is not about these elements. They're used to get you to feel things, to see things in your mind as you read, which isn't that uncommon for a writer to try to do. Tem does it well, you will get lost in this book. You will feel it around you. I would often read sections on the subway and have to stop because I was going a bit too far into the emotions it was causing.
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17 April 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
I love this book. Tem's lucid prose and credulous narrator evoke Borges. It's a fantastic example of a mosaic novel, and we'll worth the time.