Nascent Illusion Paperback – 26 Sep 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Great job Nathan!!
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?"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had no prior knowledge of this book of short stories and poetry or of the writer until it was highly recommended to me by a friend. Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2012 by Ed
I have just finished reading Nascent Illusion by Nathan Hassall. Wow! Future purchasers are in for a mind blowing treat. Read morePublished on 1 April 2012 by Sheryl Langston
Nathan Hassell is, by far, one of the most interesting writers I have ever had the pleasure to come across. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2012 by Abbie
An ambitious and mind-expanding first offering from a solid young author. I'm quite happy with my purchase! It's difficult to find such freshness in surrealistic prose and poetry. Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2012 by Todd
Nascent Illusion successfully transports the reader into it's own twisted, strange world without ever being inaccessible or pretentious. Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2012 by Daisychain
A very enjoyable book packed with interesting, dark, funny stories. A must for those who appreciate black comedy. Looking forward to the next!Published on 6 Jan. 2012 by Ellen
The only way I can think to describe this anthology.
Comical and dark yet deeply thought provoking. Read more
An extremely intelligent, clever piece of work that elicits both shock and laughter in the same sentence. Well worth a read.Published on 27 Dec. 2011 by JGaches