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Afterlife Tracks: Glimpses of the Occult Paperback – September 2, 2015
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My name is Louis Villalba. I was born in Cadiz, Spain, in 1945 and have resided in the US since 1970. I graduated from the University of Seville, Spain, with a doctor of medicine degree. I completed my training in neurology at the Chicago Medical School where I ascended to the rank of clinical professor and taught for thirty years. I am board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology and have published seventy-three scientific papers and book chapters over the course of my medical career. My passion for literature prompted me to study creative writing at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. I retired from the practice of neurology to write full time. My first book "The Silver Teacup" and its Spanish version "La Tacita de Plata" were published in 2012. They contain short stories that shuttle the reader to a different world full of history, human drama, and fantasy. My second work—"The Stranger’s Enigma"— was entirely based on dreams. It came out in 2014. Kirkus Indie Review praised this novel as “a provocative character study of a man facing a personal and professional crisis.” Afterlife Tracks was put in print in September, 2015. It is my first non-fiction book. It narrates how I stumbled into what might be the proof of the existence of the Afterlife. The events took place in my neurology practice in Chicago. This real paranormal story began two and a half decades ago and unfolded over all these years. I have created my blog "www.TheClassicWriter.com to share my work and enjoy my favorite classic authors’ English prose with my readers. These writers' sentences and paragraphs flow with such beauty that they capture our imagination. The effect of these little bits of literature on us doesn’t differ from that experienced by art lovers when they admire an artistic detail of a painting or a harmonious note in a sonata. I like to analyze their literary styles and comment on how their subject matters relate to body, mind, and spirit. My blog also contain a section dedicated to my books so that my reader can comment or discuss any aspect of my publications. English is my second language, but this doesn’t diminish my ability to recognize brilliant prose. In fact, it might help me appreciate it more than a native English speaker. We all know that the closer we are to a blessing or an important thing in our lives, the easier it is that we take it for granted.
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The author was born in Spain and graduated from the University of Seville with a doctor of medicine degree. He moved to the United States in 1970 and completed his training in neurology at the Chicago Medical School, where he taught for 30 years. He also practiced medicine in Chicago. His passion for writing prompted him to study creative writing at Northwestern University and try his hand at writing after retiring from his medical career.
The book is not written in the usual non-fiction style, i.e., factual reporting. Rather, Villalba applies some of his creative writing skills, providing much more detail than usually found in a non-fiction book, along with many metaphors and similes.
Basically, the book is the author’s search for meaning in what he refers to as “paranormal incidents,” and includes much in the way of existential and metaphysical musing by him. I found it a very informative and entertaining read. I especially appreciated the story of terminal lucidity involving the author’s father.