- File Size: 3570 KB
- Print Length: 347 pages
- Publisher: Skywriter Books; 1 edition (September 9, 2014)
- Publication Date: September 9, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00NH0LNUG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is how I enjoyed reading Holly Payne's Damascena, with anticipation, yet slowly and deliciously. Rarely do I recall being able to feel the emotions of the characters in a novel. Sure, I can feel compassion and empathy for characters in a novel. In this novel, I go way beyond a passive observation. In this novel, I am able to sense their every moment. I can smell the monastery. I can feel the dust in the room. I can smell the horrid, stale, charged air. I can smell the forest and the damp grass when Damascena is out doors. I can smell the pasture in which she sleeps. I can smell the towns and the city. I can smell the clothing and the fire and the roses. I see the characters and the scenes so clearly, such is the power of the poetry in the prose.
Most wondrous, however, is how I can feel the characters' emotions. I can feel the fear and the joy and the disquiet and the wonder and the confusion. Then, and this is the best part, I can recognize and acknowledge my own fear and and joy and disquiet and wonder and confusion and love while reading Damascena.
And isn't this magic? Isn't it magical for an author to take you inside of your self while you read about the characters on stage?
I know not the Sufi order. I know not the work of Rumi (to any depth). I am glad to learn a bit about each, and I will be attracted to expanding my horizons more on Rumi and Sufism. Yet the main players here are only proxies. Whether we are engrossed with Damascena or Rumi or Bird or the tanner, the real protagonist here is you. Forgiveness. Abuse. Love. Faith. Desire. This novel allowed me to take a journey with my self, into my self, through a vivid portrayal of 13th century Bulgaria and Turkey. How many novels can you recall that allow you to be in your heart through characters in another place in time?
This is not a summer beach novel, although that would be a fine activity for the beach in the summer. For me, this novel is a masterpiece. I will pick it up again, my emotions spinning as I read it, just as Damascena would spin with her emotions, dancing in the great halls, as a dervish...
This book was an unexpected pleasure and I flat out loved it. Now I'm the one buying copies of Damascena and urging them on friends and family.
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