Life Is Not a Long Quiet River Paperback – 23 Dec 2010
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No! `Life is Not a Long Quiet River' but it is a magical, enthralling, sensory, perceptive, spell binding journey of twists and turns. The book is a companion everyone needs in moments of sadness / happiness, loneliness / exhilaration, disappointment / hope, tears / laughter, confusion/ serenity.
The title is an observation most of us can agree and the first poem in her book is a masterful expression of these ups and downs of life.What I missed in this poem is the joy and happiness most of us have also experienced.
All the poems touched my heart,some more than others,for their sincerity of feelings coming through them.They give us a vast variety of experiences and observations,reflecting the authors life in all its ups and downs.
The poems are well construced and to me show a refreshing variety of style and format, which I enjoyed very much.
A number of poems to me felt rather melancholic and show a longing that is very touching like "Walk in the desert".
My favourite is "Senses" which appealed to My senses,by giving a glimpse of what I think life is all about.
But then I am a hopeless optimist, which is a contradiction in term.
I love this book and recommend it as a wonderful and very enjoyable read and a lovely present for anybody that likes poetry.
Erich Tomasek from Wellington New Zealand