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The One [Kindle Edition]

Russell Beneke
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“An un-harnessed expedition across the world and through the mind of a man in search of life’s meaning.”

“An intellectual yet sultry, over-the-top, tragically triumphant love story that reads like an ancient myth.”

“A page-turner of the highest caliber, with the depth and texture of novels of old, one that seeks to answer the riddle of life.”

A year after losing the only girl he ever loved to her overnight fame, a dream-driven, struggling New York City novelist cannot write or move on with his life. But when he learns the girl he loved is living in Sydney, Australia, he abandons everything and moves there to find her, convinced he can win her back if they see each other again.

Though his search initially leads to dead-ends, depleting what little money he has and leaving him on the brink, the journey invigorates his writing, spawning chapters like he has never composed, ones that allow him to discover the reality of who he is and the universe he is experiencing. However, the story he tells about his life begins to consume him, limiting who he can become and his potential for new happiness in Australia. And thus a war begins as his mind tries to convince his heart to give up looking for the girl he used to know, a pursuit that has only brought him disappointment and pain. But love is the greatest dare, a lure into the abyss, a dream he cannot resist following until the very end.

What emerges is a bold, ominous, cerebral, emotional, and ultimately triumphant story about who we are and why we are, one that blows apart the pervasive illusions that lead us to despair. This highly accessible, innovative and thought-provoking novel lays bare the deadly yet transformative power of the one thing we all want—love.

Product Details

  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Festina Lente (November 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A7B9QZW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,179 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hell hath no fury like an author scorned, eh? December 5, 2012
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I found this book different and interesting until I was about 1/3 of the way through and realized it wasn't a work of fiction but rather a depressing tale (revenge? therapy?) about the author's short lived relationship and subsequent unhealthy obsession/stalking of the extraordinarily thinly disguised person of Rachael Finch as Elysia Sparrow. I am a rare breed of pageant fan and bookworm and I didn't know whether to be interested in his behind-the-scenes tale of a beauty queen's life or disgusted by his complete disregard for her privacy by filling the story with highly identifiable information about her true identity, right down to her birthdate, but the whole thing was so distracting that I couldn't get more than halfway through the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting read. December 4, 2012
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This is a book that will make you think hard about what you really want out of life's journey for yourself. It'll make you question what is really important, verses what we thought was once important to us. The thing is...we all strive for different things in life and take different journey's trying to achieve those goals. Life in itself is a journey and sometimes we don't have a choice where life leads us. I love the way this story ended.

Check it out! It's a great story that will have you in your own deep thoughts by the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The One - Diaries of a stalker February 16, 2013
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If you've ever heard about a stalker in the media and wonder what kind of sick person would do that, this book is for you. Written by one of those creeps himself: unrepenting, unapologizing and keen to lay it all out for you.

As expected, the basic story is along the lines of: guy meets girl, falls for her, gets rejected and guy turns stalker. We learn some interesting tid-bits along the way, like Mr. Beneke's penchant for turkey sandwiches and Muse, but none of that throws enough weight behind his cause to move his character into the good-guy column.

The author apparently got out of it without a restraining order or other criminal charges, and the potential reader is recommended to get out of the looming predicament by just making a pass on this book. Simple as that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh February 4, 2013
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At points during the reading of this book I actually thought the plot was going to go somewhere. Nope! It ended up being the written version of a whiney-ass moper, hung up on a girl. Ugh. I should have cut my losses a third of the way in when it became apparent the story had no pull. I did read the whole thing and was not surprised at the ending - just glad it ended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating and creepy. December 25, 2012
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The story started out very romantic and sweet, but then began a gradual decline into straight-up creepiness. I got to the halfway mark and had to stop reading because the book made me feel so uncomfortable. It turned from a love story into a monologue about the author's unhealthy obsession with Elysia Sparrow and his relentless pursuit of her despite her resistance. The fact that the author felt so justified in his actions makes it even worse. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Self-Absorbed Main Character December 19, 2012
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The main character is so self-absorbed and selfish. Almost in a childish way. While I understand his need and determination to be with the one he loves, it was monotonous the way he obsessed over the object of his affection. And the fact that she told him no several times, and he just wouldn't let go, just seemed ridiculous. I just did not enjoy this book. Perhaps it was trying to hard to be literary fiction and it lost me... I also wonder, is this a novel OR an auto-biography? I feel for the author if that is the case, because it seems this type of life would be so lonely and torturous.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Creepy December 18, 2012
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I'm a man and find his method of stalking the women really quite creepy. This isn''t an 18 year old - he appears to be in late 20's to early 30's. There is also a very strange section in the middle where this dope smoking, no friend loser shows up as a sex stud with Emily something or other (sex for three hours no less) and gives her the sex of her life. But alas, he must go follow his muse...who has told him multiple times to leave her alone, that she has a boyfriend/fiance....but he still believes they were meant to be. (SPOILER: they weren't).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sure to be a best seller... or at least a cult favorite. February 12, 2013
Full disclosure: I do know the author so my opinion is not going to be completely objective. We used to hang out in his NYC apartment, smoke pot, and have long philosophical discussions. He is an incredibly smart and perceptive person. I've wanted to read something he's written since we met. We fell out of touch a few years ago, so I was pleasantly surprised when I received the email announcing the release of The One. (I was unaware he had previously published Throw This Away In a Beautiful Way, but will surely be reading it in the near future.)

That being said, if I didn't like the book I wouldn't be writing a review.

The writing is good, better than I expected. His intelligence is obvious, yet accessible. The philosophical parables interspersed throughout the novel strengthen the story in a lovely way. The existential questions are interesting: happiness found within vs. without, whether having the thing you love is for better or for worse, and various other threads about the experience of being alive. The central theme of love and heartbreak is, of course, relatable. The characters surrounding the protagonist tell him over and over to forget her and move on. Yet he doesn't because he can't. We all have to do things on our own time, learning lessons our own way. What's that they say? Knowledge becomes wisdom through personal experience.

Most people would not chase a lost love halfway across the world. While I did start to feel a bit creeped out putting myself in Elysia's shoes, I realized that was a surface reaction. They had something special, but were inconvenienced because of location. Russell made his best and bravest attempts to break down the barrier of distance. In effect, he did what most people are too complacent to do: he gave her his heart. She threw it on the ground to stomp all over it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars I know that some people say that it's beautifully written, but I found...
This book is as creepy as I don't know what, and knowing that it was based on a real story just adds another dimension to the creepiness. Read more
Published 3 days ago by rooibos
1.0 out of 5 stars Glad it was free
I am so glad I didn't spend any money for this piece of trash. A full on pity party....the main character needs to get a life....she doesn't want you!! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless
I really love the story, it make sad at some point, but the kind of love he felt it was worth the effort to try to bring her back in to he's live, if u never try u never know if u... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lladira
2.0 out of 5 stars Could not finish it
The author tries, but this story is a little like someone telling you the same story over and over again. Read more
Published 22 months ago by guyguy
1.0 out of 5 stars pretty words with no plot.
It is beautifully written and phrased, but has no plot, is unbelievable and leaves you hanging on some things. Read more
Published on April 4, 2013 by mactea
3.0 out of 5 stars This review is hard to write
I've thought about reviewing this book several times and have finally brought myself to just do it. I downloaded this expecting a novel. Read more
Published on February 2, 2013 by Jenni from the farm
5.0 out of 5 stars definately a story i was not expecting
cant say too much except wow i feel for this man. i only wish i could find someone that devoted and in love with me....
Published on January 23, 2013 by Cat Shaw
2.0 out of 5 stars The One not to read
The main character is absurd. A completely self-centered man who is so into his own thing to consider the world around him, then when he doesn't get what he's after , the internal... Read more
Published on January 10, 2013 by hopelessrantic
1.0 out of 5 stars UGH!
The description made this book sound like it would be one I would enjoy but after 20 pages I deleted it form my kindle. Tedious, boring, non engaging...sums it up
Published on January 4, 2013 by comito
2.0 out of 5 stars Pieces of brilliance in between waffling narrative
Loved the philosphy pieces but found the story itself extremely superficial. It felt like reading a teenage girl's story of unrequited love.
Published on January 2, 2013 by Erna Herzberg
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