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A String of Momentary Silences [Kindle Edition]

L.S. Burton
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Book Description


Why bother being conscious and miserable when unconscious and complacent is an available option?

Peter Bremmer, tired of trying to carry on conversations where he doesn't stammer, decides he'd be better off never speaking to anybody ever again. It's as Peter steps off the hamster wheel of his life that he meets Bill, the man who does the puppet show in the local outdoor market, a man who, like Peter, does not speak. At the same time, quite by accident, Peter strikes up an online relationship with a wonderful woman, Petunia, who he'd like to know better. He'll lose her if he doesn't communicate with her, but to speak to her after remaining quiet all this time means he'll also have to explain why he's been lying to her with his silence. It's then up to Peter to try to learn from Bill that to truly speak from the heart, he doesn't have to say a word.

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About the Author


L.S. Burton lives in St. John's, Newfoundland, where he works as a writer and freelance editor. Though his stories are diverse, they all revel in the music of words and celebrate imagination. In 2011, Burton was awarded the Percy Janes Award for Best Unpublished First Novel in the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition for his novel 'Raw Flesh in the Rising.'

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  • File Size: 328 KB
  • Print Length: 150 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Paper Seraglio (November 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006388OC4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,570,600 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Humorous Struggles of an Ordinary Couch Potato February 29, 2012
By Charles
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I'll confess up front that this story took me at least a quarter of the way into the book before I really got drawn into it, but I was glad that I stuck with it to the end. The tale is a humorous look at the life of a couch potato named Peter Bremmer, who in his own amusing tone says, "...why bother being conscious and miserable when unconscious and complacent was an available option?"

This is the story of a fellow who stammers and mopes his way through life, his journey into silence (though far from the mystical variety), a bit of self discovery, and back again. Like LS Burton's other stories (I've read all three that are currently available), it's hard to pin down his writing style, something that's different with each of them in my opinion. The first thing I thought of with this one was that, if Woody Allen ever wrote a novel it would probably be something like this complete with a neurotic protagonist, for Peter Bremmer is one very neurotic slob. A tad selfish at times, but with a good heart deep down. Nothing ever seems to work out for him or go his way. But he keeps plucking along, determined to seek out new avenues into what authors have long called "the human condition." There's a recurring sub-plot of a telephone company that operates with a mob mentality, even sending out thugs to try to muscle customers back into service with the company should they try to leave. Who ever heard of a mob owned phone company!? I never did fully understand it, but I laughed every time they left a message on Peter's machine.

All in all it was a fun read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book! November 29, 2011
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I absolutely loved this book, every creative word of it. The major character, Peter, is the least communicative person imaginable, and yet he is the most communicative. He sees, hears, and imagines everything. His thought processes will have you in stitches at times. Burton's writing style is one of the best and most creative I have had the joy to read, and I am an avid reader. As I first started A STRING OF MOMENTARY SILENCES, it immediately reminded me of the Pulitzer prize-winning novel A CONFEDERACY OF THE DUNCES. This novel, which starts out with a bang, continually strengthens, reaching new heights with every chapter. You will be in total awe of Peter, of his life, and of Burton's fine writing the entire read. All I can end with is simply this: read it!
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L.S. Burton lives in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where he works as a writer and freelance editor. Though his stories are diverse, they all revel in the music and harmony of words, and celebrate imagination. In 2011, Burton was awarded the Percy Janes Award for Best Unpublished First Novel in the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition for his novel Raw Flesh in the Rising. In 2013, he published the first installment of his genre-defying This Land series.

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