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Altar of Pearl [Kindle Edition]

Robert Snow
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Guil Somerset needs to believe in something beautiful, no matter how unlikely it may be. He travels the back roads of Tennessee selling to small-town jewelry stores scattered across the region. It’s decent money, but his life is a shambles. A fresh scar on his cheek and eight stitches in the back of his head are throbbing reminders of bad decisions. Near the bottom of a frightful spiral, he finds the beguiling Annaquette Freneaux. She offers a tale mystical and radiant, impossible to believe but for her bewitching air and Guil’s own need. The light of her story gives hint of a crack in Guil’s reality, a crack that becomes the path out of his decline.


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About the Author

Robert Snow uses the South to depict webs of human connection that span miles and years, with threads between his characters that exist beyond their knowledge. He uses features of nature in his settings to establish points of potential, crisis, and resolution. Robert writes for readers like himself, readers who, raised on movies, like the quick progression of visual scenes, but appreciating literature, seek the observations and small verities that raise writing to art.

Product Details

  • File Size: 629 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Third Creek Press (November 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GTXGBWI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wordsmith Extraordinaire! March 14, 2014
Format:Paperback
Robert Snow writes a compelling story set in the southern US full of twists and turns-beguiling in every sense of the word. His characters and plot line are robustly developed with the kind of descriptions that make you go back and re-read paragraphs for the pure joy and sensuousness that they engender. I found myself copying some of the text just so I can go back and enjoy it in the future-I've rarely done that before. His unique style weaves together fantasy, mystery, and contemporary reality. He's a new author but I sincerely hope he takes up the pen again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical and beguiling! April 13, 2014
Format:Paperback
This story is mysterious and beautiful! I couldn't stop reading it, which is how it goes with my favorite fiction books. Robert Snow is a masterful, lyrical author....I loved every page of this compelling story about love, loss and life's learning lessons. Also, the ending is left up to the reader to choose, which is preferable to me, rather than everything ending up neat and tidy. Well-done, and I look forward to more books by Mr. Snow!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic and Insightful Writing about Loyalty and Love January 22, 2014
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Altar of Pearl is a magnificent story. I've never read a book at all like it, one with such a poetic view and description of life, involving such interesting and varied characters in such a kaleidoscopic plot, and with a sub-story involving supernatural events, which itself teaches a moral of the bigger story, underlying it all. The book certainly deals with constant danger and threat of violence, and, disturbingly, it's sometimes not just the criminal types who are cruel. But it deals mainly with loyalty and love, and says to us that the highest love involves, maybe most importantly, loyalty, as demonstrated dramatically when the most upstanding characters of the book are gathering together at its end to selflessly support and protect those of them who are being threatened. This gathering is just happening as the book ends, but we know that during it, on the next page of the book if another page were written, will occur the most selfless act of love attached to the story, and it warms our hearts to know what’s about to happen. Underlying all of this is the internal story of the pearl, which, even though the main character tries half-heartedly to rationalize, is certainly supernatural ... there is no other explanation ... and, amazingly, the author’s poetic writing makes us accept it as totally natural, totally real! I only put this book down once while reading it, and then rushed to pick it up again! I think the unique poetic writing style of this new author will have wide appeal, and that his keen observation and description of life has something to teach us all - to me, his book is a masterpiece!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a haunting tale of love and life set in the languid South. As the tale progresses, it becomes harder and harder to discern what is real and what is not. A gripping page-turner from the very start, this book will leave you wondering about the symbolism throughout the story and whether a line really exists between reality and fantasy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Could Not Put it Down January 18, 2014
By Gary G.
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A bright new Southern voice in the best tradition of sublime story tellers. With lyrical prose, the author weaves a compelling and mysterious narrative rich in detail. I look forward to more from Snow in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read! March 15, 2014
By L.X.Y.
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A beautifully written novel that describes people and places that are deeply evocative of the everyday and familiar, yet are also suffused with a sense of fascinating mystery, plus fated connections and events that gradually draw you into the narrator's tale. Once you're drawn in, this book is hard to put down! Tales, parables, and the symbolism of pearls abound in literature, but I love how the theme is developed here. And will redemption come as the main character discovers where the real treasure is hidden? A suspenseful, yet satisfying read. Highly recommended, and am looking forward to more from this author!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written, a story with many elements August 8, 2014
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One thing I like is when I pick up a book for the first time and after reading only a few sentences, I am delighted to keep reading. This story is like that. The language flows so easily, so poetic, and is delightful to read. I loved the concept of intrigue, magic, suspense and relationships that blends together in this book. There were times when the story became a bit contrived, but I got over it. It ended rather abruptly, so I hope a sequel is in the works. Enjoyable book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Pogonia
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I give it three stars because the writing is, at times, beautiful/lyrical.

There is enough sex in here to satisfy some, and others will feel as if some scenes were too much. I would not have chosen this book had I been aware of them.

And I was dissatisfied with the ending. When I read a book, I do want everything tied up, one way or the other. This felt as if I stepped off a cliff and was still waiting to hit the ground.
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The author's use of imagery is something else. The plot unfolds and then I could not put the book down until I had finished it.
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Robert Snow uses the South to depict webs of human connection that span miles and years, with threads between his characters that exist beyond their knowledge. He uses features of nature in his settings to establish points of potential, crisis, and resolution. Robert writes for readers like himself, readers who, raised on movies, like the quick progression of visual scenes, but appreciating literature, seek the observations and small verities that raise writing to art.


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