11 Jun 2013

AND THE SOFT WIND BLOWS.

AND THE SOFT WIND BLOWS by LANCE UMENHOFER.

Timmy Enosh
is a peculiar, small man:
fivethree,
onehundredandfifteen pounds,
and is a pharmacist
in Ashton City, Tennessee.


He finds himself at fortythreeyearsold
as his life starts to fall apart:
his threehundred pound wife disappears,
his romantic interest has lost interest and has gained
hatred toward him,
his coworkers harass him,
customers verbally assault him,
and he has the strange urge to adopt his foulmouthed,
eighteenyearold coworker,
Alex.


When things start to pile up,
Timmy must find a way to deal:
he turns to Alex to supply him with marijuana,
starts sewing an elaborate Mr. Mistoffelees costume,
finds solace in the wild, etc., etc., etc.


And the soft, constant wind of change blows him
on, on, and on.

..... Outer back cover. (May contain spoilers. Hi-light above text to view the whole synopsis if you so wish)

FIRST SENTENCE (Introduction: Tuesday): "How was your day?" Timmy asked.

MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 123): Timmy used to think her eyes were embodiments of the ocean, but now he thought of them as raging floodwaters, devouring all in their path.

MY THOUGHTS: Described by the author as a piece of 'poetic fiction' which combines elements of poetry into a prose narrative I really didn't know what to expect of this novella and admit to feeling deeply concerned that it was not going to be a style of writing to my taste but never one to shy away from something new I agreed to reading and reviewing it anyway.

And, possibly the surprise read of 2013, I'm glad I did as though there was undoubtedly a poetic flow to the narrative and and some of the phrases did run into each other this wasn't the horrendously 'flowery', pretentious read I had feared but a joy.

Amazing the amount that can be conveyed in such a small book of only 138 'pocket sized' pages, I found myself totally immersed in the life of Timmy Enosh, a rather quiet, unassuming man who at forty three is arguably going through some sort of mid-life crisis.

Beautifully and powerfully descriptive, I found it fascinating to read of Timmy's/Tim's/Timbo's relationships with the other characters and in particular that of his 'friendship' with eighteen year old co-newspaper deliverer Alex with whom he seemingly reverts to his much younger self.

An original, quirky read, funny and yet incredibly moving, I think this young author is worth keeping an eye out for.


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15 comments:

Brandi Kosiner said...

The poetic flow and the funny makes this sound great, glad it pleasantly surprised you

Kelly said...

I'm sometimes a little hesitant when prose is described as poetic, but your review is good and I think I would enjoy this. I may put it on my wish list.

R. Ramesh said...

your review is as usual super my friend..keep the cheers and wish u all d best:)

Barbara said...

This sounds like something I would enjoy. Your review really makes me want to find a copy and start reading!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh I like it when you enjoy a book and just know that the author will probably just get better. Sounds like a good read to me!

Joan Robertson said...

A great review Thankyou and belated thanks for leaving a comment on my France post, I haven,t got to round to posting our final visit but it is imminent , thanks for keeping in touch I know I,ve not been around much lately ,

Blond Duck said...

It sounds rich and beautiful!

Mydailylondon said...

A great review

Brian Joseph said...

Sound like a really interesting book. Among other things I like the idea that the narrative combines poetry and prose. We have so many books written in a conventional style. It is nice to find something different for a change.

Mary (Bookfan) said...

Wonderful when a book turns out to be much better than expected!

Gina R said...

Alas I fear it is too quirky for my own tastes....books in prose (unless intent upon of read of poetry) have never really worked for me. Cie la vie. Glad you enjoyed it!

Jinky said...

I like the title. From your review it sounds like the book I'd like my nose to ..quirky, funny, and moving. Glad it's not the traditional kind of poetry ..I suck at understanding those! :(

Lindsay said...

It's nice to read that this one was a pleasant surprise for you. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for highlighting this one. I enjoyed your review.

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

I love that this book was such a surprise and worthwhile read. I haven't read many novellas- but this sounds like one I should try. Thanks!

Betty Manousos said...

it sounds so interesting! like those kinds of books you can't put down.
another incredible review, tracy.

thank you:)

big hugs~ X