- File Size: 1468 KB
- Print Length: 46 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 2nd edition (October 2, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 2, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FM5ICMQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,999,641 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Consumed by Love - A Short Story Kindle Edition
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This is a tale about being consumed by love. Between the two people who are the center of the story, each are consumed and are consuming each other in one form or another. It is a codependency of epic proportions. As dark and horrific as it is at base level, Pavarti K. Tyler has shown her talent to weave with words the passion so many of us feel for our true loves in such a startling and densely dark tale. Their love proves the age old belief of love can conquer anything, no matter what others may argue or say. Even if it is learning to truly conquer something, you must allow it to consume you. In a realistic world this could and usually is true. I am a believer of stripping everything down to a base level to start building things back up, and when it comes to relationships, and illness of the body, mind, soul or as is with this couple, all of the above. You have a fair to chance. Does this couple make it? Are their choices healthy or is there something more between the lines of this horrifying and beautiful tale? You will have to determine that on your own. You will have to go and grab it for a dark and dreary, preferably with your wooby and a jigger of whiskey added to your tea. Personally, I found them quite successful in their endeavor.
Recommended for those that like their horror dark, like their erotica off kilter and darker and have the brains to read between the lines.
"N'gadopi Nizwia." - Abenaki for "I am hungry, my spouse."
Hugo's health deteriorates at an alarming rate and his wife Bree is forced to quit work to take care of him full time. despite her attentive ministrations, Bree sees no improvement in her husband's condition so she finally decides to call his sister Rita for advice. Rita pleads with her to bring Hugo back to the old homestead right away. Bree procrastinates and the consuming begins...
from the get go, i noticed something interesting about the author's approach and presentation. if there is such a thing as a "vignette macabre" then Ms. Pavarti has gone about it with skill and handled it very well. interspersed within scenes of the couple's seemingly "ordinary" domestic life are vignettes both ominous and visceral in their treatment.
the writing is flawless, almost lyrical at times - moving from one haunting scene to the next smoothly like a caress then building to a pulsating crescendo that will make your heart rate lurch and your well-being unsettled.
i also love the air of mystery surrounding Hugo's affliction. it is never directly named nor revealed but it hints at the Native American legend of the wendigo*. besides, having Hugo speak Abenaki** confirms the latter to some extent and gives the whole story a horrifying authenticity. in addition, a little research on the Abenaki phrases clarified a lot of things. at the same time, it yielded more cold shivers for me especially when i recalled the way they were expressed within the context of the story.
overall, Pavarti K. Tyler's Consumed by Love may be "short" as short stories go yet it is unique. it is tightly packed with enough goods of the shadowy and sexy variety to stir one's imagination, trigger goosebumps or just generate chills up and down your spine.
*Wendigo - a flesh-eating creature found in "the legends of the Algonquian peoples along the Atlantic Coast and the Great Lakes Region of both the United States and Canada."
*Abenaki - a language belonging to the Algonquian family of Native American Languages.
I could have obsessed over Hugo and Bree: Abenaki legend was common where I used to live, and many of the old stories and tales from legions of different tribal groups had a curious mix of horrific elements even as they sought to teach, explain or remember. But, what emerges from the story of Consumed by Love is a carefully described warning, making you rethink that last love song or poem.
I was expecting far more scare in that all the lights on sort of way, instead the scare is in my own perceptions of love and what it means to be in love, and truly give of yourself. The extremes to which Bree accommodates Hugo’s needs, even as she is gaining a sexual fix from the man he used to be are symptomatic of her own dependency, a dangerous situation for all involved.
Most certainly a book for adults only, Tyler uses her ability with words to create a multi-layered visual story that will create far more questions than it answers. Both entertaining and precisely pointed in its unmasking of damaged psyche, this is a book for those who want to think for hours after the last page.
I purchased a copy of this title for my own library. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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I actually mean that. This brilliant little tale is a re-imagining of a well-known Native American boogyman, the Wendigo.Read more