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Friday, February 25, 2011

"What if our pain was the most beautiful thing about us?"

This is one of many questions asked by (as well as printed inside the front flap of)The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier. At once thoughtful yet understated, this book makes you wonder how people you know would view you if every ache and pain, whether on the inside of your body, the outside, or emotional, were visible as light emanating from the source of said pain. Would everyone freak out up "the illumination's" sudden beginning? Would fundamentalists declare the end times to be upon us? Would you try to hide your pain? All this and more is examined within the pages of this novel.
It's a pleasant, fairly quick read that I felt only fell short in one area: it should have probed deeper. Brockmeier delves into some pretty heady material, only to stop short of making a few precious, and in my opinion necessary, realizations. Otherwise, I found this to be a wonderful piece of fiction. Not to mention a great contribution to local literature (as the author resides in Little Rock.)
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Peace and positive vibes,

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