Beyond Nostalgia Kindle Edition
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"Beautiful descriptions, incredible imagery anda well-told story narrated by the main character, Dean Cassidy." - AuthorKathryn Brown
"Tom Winton is a manwho writes with his pen dipped in his soul." - Author Stacey Danson
"Beyond Nostalgia waswritten and described so beautifully by Tom Winton, that I feel it goes farbeyond the word `nostalgia'." - Author Phyllis Burton
About the Author
- Publication Date : November 8, 2011
- File Size : 661 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 224 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00650O686
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #706,027 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author infused this opus with pathos and depression to great advantage in order to demonstrate how profound and loyal love can be.
I thought I had guessed what the ending would be, but I was wrong and indeed surprised by the unusual and masterful twist Mr. Winton had crafted.
Judging by what I have read thus far, I would love to read more novels by Mr. Winton.
Phyllis Rader Eisenstadt
First off, I would like to say that this book is beautifully written, very well formatted and proof read etc. That always enhances the reading pleasure, and something that is often bypassed. You certainly notice it when it isn't, so should receive praise when it is.
The thing that got me about this book was that the main character is pretty unlike-able. The tale covers his present life, to a deep exploration of his past. All through it he moans and whines about his lot in life, and insults those who had better beginnings, or made something of themselves regardless. I found it irritating and it spoiled my enjoyment of the wonderful writing style. He also loses something by making a stupid mistake (or two, or three) and not only is he still complaining about it forty years on, he seems about to go and do the very same thing again. He seems a very much grass-is-always-greener type who can't appreciate anything good he does have.
I guess there are people out there like that, and I wouldn't say the character isn't believable or well developed within the book, I just failed to relate to him and wanted to jump into my kindle and shake him a lot. We're often not supposed to like a character and I understand that, but disliking the main character so much from the beginning made it hard reading. It was only the quality of the writing that got me to the end.
It lost another star from me for not being particularly memorable. Catching up on my reviews after a time lapse, it took a lot to jog my memory of what this was even about, when I finally did remember it, my reaction was "Oh yeah." and not a lot more.
Top reviews from other countries
There is much to commend the novel but one aspect I thought worked supremely well was the juxtaposition of the unsuccessful and often unemployed Dean, trapped in an ultimately unsatisfying marriage and the subsequent part after he is a successful writer and becomes re-aquatinted with his first love. Here we see the author’s considerable skill in showing the complicated dynamics between the individual and circumstances. It also subverts and clichés about fairy tale endings.
Tom Winton is also someone with a social conscience and for this he should be commended – the fictional "Look What They've Done to Our Dream" and its message cannot be reiterated too often. Although relating to events in the US it has relevance worldwide, especially supposedly free and fair and ‘democratic’ countries where tyranny and exploitation are carried out only via smoke and mirrors and more subtle means.
I was deeply moved by this novel and at times depressed as well and as an exploration of the human condition it has the power of John Osborne. I was tempted to knock a star off for the pacing mentioned earlier yet I feel anything less than a 5 would misrepresent the quality of this work. Beyond Nostalgia is a very, very impressive read.
Tom Winton's beautiful evocative prose captivates the reader, as it takes them through the intervening years. It captures Dean's heartache and attempt to live with his mistake but they say you never forget your first love and Dean is haunted by his images and memories of Theresa.
The book also captures the underbelly and stark reality of the great American dream and rat-race. Tom Winton exquisitely captures the daily struggle for work and funds, and the hardship endured by thousands of citizens, American or otherwise, while the rich continue to get richer. So Dean writes a novel and the astonishing reception leads to a road trip that will force him to confront all his own doubts and also bring him into touch with his past.
A bittersweet tale of youthful love and optimism and how adulthood can corrupt and destroy ambition. Beautifully written this is a wonderful book. Tom Winton has once again captured the reader's heart and this one will not let go easily. I guarantee it will stay with you long after you click past the last page.
What I found really different and refreshing about this novel was that it was written by a man, from the male point of view, whereas most romantic novels are from the female point of view. So this was most enlightening and I was amazed to find that although there were a few slight differences in the way a man assesses his love for a woman, the basic feelings are almost identical to those of a woman for the man of her dreams. Many men would not admit to this in case it might label them softies.
Tom Winton's ability to get deep inside his three main characters enables the reader to get to know them as though they were your best friends. You empathise with them. You cry for them. And you laugh with them.
Right from the first page I was rooting for Dean Cassidy. In spite of his deprived childhood, he appears to have all the attributes of a perfectly normal well-balanced character, but he has human flaws too. Flaws we can all understand, and this is what endears him to us. You also empathise with the beautiful Theresa, whose early home background is as fraught with problems as is that of Dean's. And you continuously fear for the wonderful Maddy Frances, in case she draws the short straw.
I really enjoyed this beautifully written, captivating story. And what a gorgeous cover.
Dean, a passionate, sensitive and particularly streetwise guy, meets and falls in love with Theresa Wayman. Aged eighteen, he comes across as a gentleman having found the love of his life. The reader begins to understand Dean from early on in the book due to Winton's incredibly poignant descriptions and his amazing ability to introduce you to the committed yet somewhat troubled lives of his characters. Just when the reader believes their relationship is invincible, Dean jeopardises the trust between him and Theresa leaving you feeling pity not only for her, but him as well. Yet one still feels the relationship is worth fighting for and encourages Dean never to give up.
Living a tormented existence for the love of his life, Dean finally moves on and finds himself at the mercy of the Vietnam war. But the romance continues in the form of Maddy Frances, whom Dean eventually marries, even though he still harbours the strongest feelings for his first true love, Theresa. Throughout the book, Winton's beautifully written text can't help but entice the reader on, teasing with what happens next, continuously embracing you as the main characters are brought to life. There is a success story at the end of this book, but it isn't what I expected. I was immensely delighted when a predictable ending found in most romantic novels didn't happen in this one. The story grabbed me from start to finish, so much so, that I found myself reliving moments from my own past, feeling nostalgic about a previous relationship. Written from a male point of view, it is fascinating to read of a man's feelings, his honesty as he relays his weaknesses, his thoughts as he notices a beautiful woman. I liked Dean. I could relate to him. Yet I could also relate to Theresa. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this book to anyone, male or female. It's a truly wonderful read.