Friday, November 4, 2011

The Opposite of Art

The Opposite of Art, Athol Dickson, Howard Books, Fiction, September 13, 2011, 384 pages.

Synopsis: A great artist is cast into the icy Harlem River by a hit-and-run driver. His heart stops, and he sees something that defies description. Presumed dead by all who knew him and obsessed with the desire to paint the inexpressible, he embarks on a pilgrimage to seek help from holy men around the globe. But is it possible to see eternity without becoming lost within it? After a quarter of a century, when the world begins to whisper that he may be alive, two people come looking for the artist: the daughter he never knew existed, and the murderer who hit him on the bridge all those years ago.

My thoughts: I am astounded by this book. First, it really surprised me and made me really apprehensive. *Warning to readers* It has some inappropriate material in the beginning, but never re-occurs. Also, the main character, Sheridan Ridler, travels around the world, exploring religions from Buddhism to Judaism. This is not unlike Solomon's Biblical journey searching for something meaningful. He did many sinful things, indulged in many wrong acts, and found they were empty. Ridler eventually works his way to Christianity as well, the rest being shown meaningless. Thus, take these events with a grain of salt.

In the last few chapters, The Opposite of Art really goes deep. This is what made the book worthy reading to me. I wouldn't put it on a pedestal with Bunyan or C.S. Lewis, but it was good. I had to read it a few times before understanding even relatively well what it was saying.

The characters were well-developed. They were their own style, not reminiscing another author. The villain, especially, was quite unique. You'll have to read the book to find out why.

I consider this a book that may strengthen your faith, actually. Really.

This book was provided free by Glass Road Public Relations and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

My rating: 4.5 stars

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