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Elements [Kindle Edition]

Solomon Deep
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Embarking on a road trip to meet a famous television evangelist, Alan Levy drops out of college and explores the multifaceted diversity of American culture, attempting to make sense of the world around him. Elements is a novel that spans a year in the life of the ignorant and perpetually confused young man who tries to bring about changes in his world, but manages to learn only that the root causes of his alienation and loneliness are within himself. Elements explores the landscape of post-9/11 America through the eyes of this young man's experiential hopelessness and emptiness by pulling the audience along the escape Levy attempts to build for himself. Spanning one year and thousands of miles, the newly revised tenth anniversary edition of Solomon Deep's very first book remains the most prolific text delving into the stress, ignorance, and helplessness of post-9/11 Generation Y as they struggle to make sense of an America that seems to be teetering on the edge of senselessness. The Ten Year Anniversary Edition also includes a brand new introduction by the author.


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About the Author

Solomon Deep was born in 1969 in Memphis, and currently spends his time between New York and Northampton. He is best known as the creator, producer, and head writer for the weekly live radio program Fortnight. Elements was his first published novel followed by several more novels and collections produced and released by independent publishers. Deep is a dedicated writer, poet, beekeeper, gardener, actor, and traveler.

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  • File Size: 3612 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Perpetual Imagination; 2 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8H0UVY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,659 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Plot January 1, 2015
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Elements by Solomon Deep is not the typical story I would read but it sounded interesting. The simple name, "elements" (How much more basic can you get?) with its simple cover complements the plot of this book. At one point or another I think everyone wonders some basic questions like, who am I? Where do I fit in? What is life about? In this book the main character does more than wonder, he takes us on his journey seeing through his eyes, what he has discovered.

This book is a novel of fiction but the plot of the book is realistic and many of the 'events' in the book can even be applied to what is going on today with a little imagination. An example is the 'sleep-ins' at ValuMart protest which isn't hard to visualize the 'die-ins' around the country currently in the news as well as ValuMart sounding a lot like Wal-Mart in many aspects. So with a little imagination I was even able to relate this to things going on today and how it would look to or confuse people growing up and trying to make it on their own in today's world. However, a lot of the book I found really strange (didn't seem to 'fit' in) and even hard to follow at times.

Since the author expressed that no part of the book can be quoted without his consent, I won't which puts me at a disadvantage for review purposes. Even so, there were many good parts of this book however it did not keep me engaged or interested to the degree I had hoped. To me it seemed to drag in many places and the interesting areas of the book seemed too few and to be rushed. As I said, some of it just made no sense to me to even why it was even included in the book since it only dragged it out instead of getting to the point. I understand what the author was trying to do (express the uncertainty, fears, concerns about life/the future) but for me, it didn't work.

* I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elements review January 8, 2015
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Elements has its main character, Alan Levy, set off on a journey to do some soul searching and ask the questions we have all pondered at least once during our lives. Alan dumps his girlfriend and leaves, having many experiences that show him the world isn't as good (or caring of him personally) as he would like. His transition from a self-absorbed youth to a more wise young man is a fairly standard one, but its always the bits inbetween (that "getting there" part) that's the most interesting in my opinion.

I thought the exploration of American society post-9/11 was also quite interesting. For those of us who grew up in the years following, there's a lot to relate to here.The cast is diverse and seeing Alan grow through his interactions with them is naturally a delight. Despite the interesting choice of subject matter, however, I do feel that the story could have been tightened in some places. The beginning did not necessarily grasp my attention, and a few spots throughout lagged.
The book seems to be well edited, as well. The style is standard, a breezy modern style that conveys the details fairly succinctly. Dialogue feels natural and flows well.
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Alan feels stagnated. He is tired of continuously arguing with his girlfriend, Jane, and putting up with his mother’s psychotic drug-induced ways. He decides to leave it all behind. He breaks up with Jane and heads out on a road trip to nowhere in particular. Never could he imagine the places he ends up at, or the people who enter his life.

This was an amazing journey of growth and spiritual enlightenment, and I felt like I was along for the ride. I liked the versatility of each character that Alan met. It was funny that he could see others as selfish brats, but not see himself as one. Although this had a one-year setting, to me it felt like so much longer. I enjoyed the way the story took full circle. I could tell that Alan was a totally different and wiser person after his experiences. I very much enjoyed the ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this so hard. January 2, 2015
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Without giving too much away, because that's not how I roll, I found the prose of Elements to be beautiful (characteristically of this author). The story takes its protaganist on an outrageous journey, but is never made to feel farcical. Here is a coming-of-age story that does not say "¡HERE IS A COMING-OF-AGE STORY!" in flashing neon.

Elements provoked a peculier sensation – which I have also felt in reading other Deep stories, and listening to Say Anything's hipsterism tirade "Admit It!!!" – of wanting to beat some sense into a character, while suspecting the character might be me. But as Deep reminds the Alan Levys in all of us, with authentic uncheesiness, life can beat sense into even the stubbornest of minds.
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3.0 out of 5 stars As A Millennial, Meh January 1, 2015
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The idea of Elements intrigued me. Although fiction revolving around a journey to find oneself is certainly nothing new, Alan’s evolving from self-absorbed juvenile to world-battered optimist combines the qualities of introspection with life experiences in a very satisfying way. From the beginning when he dumps his girlfriend and just starts driving to the end when he has to pull himself back to reality in order to clean up his mother’s mess it is abundantly clear what is going on in his head and he processes it with his writing throughout. So while Alan is not exactly your knight-in-shining-armor sort of hero, he does sum up the irritation of adolescence and the discovery that the world does not revolve around you.

While the idea intrigued me and I loved the depth and diversity of the characters there were a few things that were a constant annoyance throughout. While seemingly trivial, I could not get used to the use of the metric measurements in the book. I realize this is an alternate reality sort of scene, but given that the US has never embraced the metric system, it jolted me out of the story every time. The other was the author’s prologue, where he felt the need to explain the reason it was ok to write his own prologue and not monumentally cocky, which of course made it come off as monumentally cocky. Which is too bad, because as I am the same age as the post-9/11 millennials who so inspired Alan with the their listless angst, and I enjoyed understanding his process in bringing the character to life, except that he had to explain that it was ok for him to explain that, which of course is a bit of a turn-off. In any case, for any angsty brat who has ever had to go on a self-reflecting journey in order to embrace love and reality - as many of us have had to do - this book and its characters will resonate, probably in a relatively embarrassing way.
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Solomon Deep was born in 1969 in Memphis, and currently spends his time between New York and Northampton. He is best known as the creator, producer, and head writer for the weekly live radio program Fortnight. Elements was his first published novel followed by several novels and collections produced and released by independent publishers. Deep is a dedicated writer, poet, beekeeper, gardener, actor, and traveler.

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