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A Wounded World Paperback – 2 Mar 2014
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A girl , popular , bright and pretty , at first self absorbed but then through her own grief she identifies with the hurt the young man is feeling.
The young man , Normal , living his life surrounded by death , having glimpses of a world beyond this one , is more comfortable with staying in the shadows , keeping himself to himself and being consumed by his art but then catching the attention of Koren and her popular group of friends his life changes.
Learning that he still has a life worth living , a future to look forward to and a past that he can learn to look back on with love instead of hurt , this book captures every emotion perfectly.
I recommend this book to anyone who has ever lost someone , but I think anyone can identify with the emotion , whether it be the teenage peer pressure and social anxieties , the fear of what the future may bring or the pain of death.
The story centres around Norman (not that he calls himself that, but you'll have to read it to find out why), a damaged teenager who has done his best to shun the world. Starting at High School, he falls prey to the bullies who latch on to his unusual name, his stutter and his desire, above all else, to be left alone.
Norman does his best to interact with as few people as possible, but events bring him together with Shu, the enigmatic gardener at his Grandmother's care home, a fellow student who has issues of her own, and a mysterious gate that seems never to open for the living.
Crit explores the empowerment of the strong by the cowardice of the bystander, the shallow nature of teenage popularity and the power of art in this superbly crafted novel.
Read it: you won't be disappointed.
I find it difficult to know how or where to start with this review - all I know, is I must say something about this book. In fact, I have too many somethings to say, and hence my problem. I know there is just not enough words ...
So I start by saying this book, is beautifully written. The story gently rocks your emotions back and forth like little waves onto a beach on a quiet day. You want to walk out of the emotional waters, but each time, you get pulled back in.
I find myself contemplating so much about the story itself. I relate to the characters on so many levels; each on in their own right, as they live and breathe through these pages. I lived it.
This story is not littered with prose or poetry. It flows like lyrics written for a masterpiece. The craftsmanship of the author is a fine-tuned loom, weaving many lives together, showing many aspects of struggles ... life ... death ... the beyond.
With a steady pace, an even hand, a nurturing telling ... I felt so many things throughout. From my childhood to my adulthood and a look into my future in old age. I love this book. I do not read any given book twice because I always feel nothing can capture that 'first-time' moment. There were so many beautiful scenes, depth and genuine awe moments - that I ended up noting and highlighting passages on the pages ... And I may not read the book again... but I will go back to read and absorb parts of it.
There isn't much more I can say to do this justice. I'm a picky reader ... and I am ever so thankful to have picked this one.
For those who enjoys a story well crafted, a story that drags rocks you back and forth on a wave of emotions ... with beautiful lessons of hope, of understanding and of love ... Then may I say: Get this. Just do it. Read it for yourself. Don't take my word for it...
Thank you again, Author Crit Kincaid ... I am one very happy reader for having run into your words! <3