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The Flower from the Garbage
Tekijä: G. Edward Martin
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Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.Not for me. I had to give up after a quarter way through. The story focuses on a salesman after his wife miscarries their first born. The main character was not someone I could like or relate to as he strives to make more money, (making “100 calls per day” to give his sales pitch), taking uppers as needed, and cheating on his wife as she is hopelessly grieving. He connects with a homeless guru-type “professor” in the park, who will lead him on his journey of self-discovery & reflection, after which he will presumably adjust his priorities. The professor teaches his followers all sorts of things, like how people are able to breathe into one lung selectively, or that we see certain things with the right eye and other things with the left one, or how to cure disease through thought & concentration. As such things are total nonsense, I had a hard time carrying on. On the plus, the author is apparently donating ten percent of his personal profits from the book to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I thought this was pretty awesome, so I wish I had been able to enjoy his book.
I won a free copy of this book (thanks to the author & publisher!) and am voluntarily providing an honest review.
The Flower from the Garbage follows the journey of a newly wedded couple, Joe and Audrey Palmer, when they miscarry their baby and begin to disconnect from each other. While Audrey goes within and isolates, Joe continues to work more hours and make poor decisions, risking his marriage and future. Their marriage is saved when Joe discovers an unlikely friend and mentor in the form of a homeless philosopher who chose a life on the streets of Chicago after losing his own wife to cancer. Although Frank, the homeless philosopher, advises Joe on how to work through this specific tragedy, he goes on to teach him many important lessons about what it means to be a good man, a husband, a father, and more. This story shows the world through Joe's eyes as we not only witness his personal struggles and growth, but also as he builds a beautiful friendship and learns Frank's story of how he came to live on the streets and exist to serve others. The Flower from the Garbage is a philosophical fiction, not only about the struggles of modern America but also about the timeless truths of the human condition and our pursuit of meaning. This uniquely crafted story leaves no stone unturned and confronts many of the most difficult and uncomfortable topics imaginable, invoking a range of emotions but ultimately leaving you with the taste of hope. This story belongs to all of us. It is a story of what it means to be human.
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This sure is an inspiring novel that softly motivates and guides us to think it through, whether in life or before making any decisions. So much has been said in this novel that I can't remember it all! As I had gone through a miscarriage previously, this totally struck a chord with me. I am so moved by the stories shared and the everyday life problems are indeed relatable.
There are 2 different sets of stories going on in this novel where the main one is about Joe whereas the secondary one is from Frank's collection which has been incorporated into this book. So, we get a sort of 2-in-1kinda read and it's nice with it weaving in and out in sync. ( )