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Sentiments of Blue Paperback – Large Print, January 14, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edition (January 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456549979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456549978
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,220,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Garasamo Maccagnone is the author of the novel, St. John of the Midfield, the novella, For the Love of St. Nick, a collection of short stories entitled, My Dog Tim: and other stories, and a children's book titled, The Suburban Dragon. Maccagnone currently lives in Shelby Township. He is working on this second novel entitled, The Sorrows of Pebble Creek.

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By T. Nardozzi on July 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
Once again, author Garasamo Maccagnone twirls interesting tales that end up never being what you predict they might. This eclectic collection follows his award winning 2010 anthology entitled, "My Dog Tim: and other stories" with timeless pieces that are reflective, yet entertaining. Your emotions will travel the full spectrum, from the solemn poem, "The Careers of my Mother," to the zany but fun poem, "Drives with Dad," and then to the dark and edgy short story titled, "Holy Thursday."
From the factory to the baseball diamond, Maccagnone is once again in complete control as a writer. He takes you to places you've never been to. Once you're there, you're unsure if you ever want to leave.

T. Nardozzi
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'Gutsy' was the first adjective that sprang to mind when I first received Sentiments of Blue. An even mix of five poems and five short stories is, in my experience, pretty unconventional. Despite the book's brevity Garasamo Maccagnone manages to blend the ingredients together into a surprising course of appetizers and main dishes.

Key to any reading experience is the ability of the author to connect with the reader, regardless of the form presented. I am not much of a poet, mostly because I don't understand the esoteric complexities of a properly written poem--that's not to say I haven't written a few of my own, but they are, by my definition, more aptly described as exposition in short form, thoughts or emotions expressed in a deeply personal, first-person scheme. More succinctly, I have simply tried to put the right words in the right order, but that's what writing is all about. If I connect with a reader because the content was meaningful then I see my efforts as successful; Maccagnone starts his collection off with the same approach.

The Careers of my Mother is a wrenching paean to his mother, a laser of a Mothers Day card, one which at once tugs and rends the maternal instinct. Uncle Nardo's Store is evocative in its solemnity, a haunting reflection of our current economical state-of-affairs. Drives with Dad and My Father's Foot swing the pendulum hard in the opposite direction, both capable of eliciting a laugh and grimace--a little something in both these poems for the little boy in all of us.

Maccagnone can certainly tell a story. The sooty, unscrupulous confines of night shift in a blue-collar Michigan factory are conveyed in the story that gives the book its title, Sentiments of Blue.
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Opening with a series of five poems, Maccagnone drives deeply into the hearts and minds of his characters. From a mother, to a teacher, to memories of an uncle's butcher shop and dear old dad, the author provides a provocative look at life.

"Sentiments of Blue," the title story, gives the reader a glimpse into blue collar America, as the narrator navigates a world dominated by a bully and his cronies, wishing only to break free of the shackles handed down to him by his father.

The other stories in this collection peer into our human existence with a sometimes touching, and other times cynical view. "The Note Giver" takes place over several days, where a mysterious note giver upsets the congregation of St. Isidore's. "The Conversion" finds two minor league hockey players sent up to the majors, followed by chaos and life changing decisions. Also included are "Holy Thursday" and "Perfect Game."

Sentiments of Blue is a manly collection. The talk is rough and many of the happenings aren't pretty. Maccagnone has mastered the first person narrative with these stories, connecting the reader with his main character and drawing him right in.
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By Rocketdog on March 31, 2011
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I have read all of Garasomo's books except for "My Dog Tim". I will read that one soon.

I am enjoying reading this book. My favorite story is "Holy Thursday".
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