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The story is unique both in the plot and in the way it's told. This is not like any other book you've read.
The writing has a literary feel, with beauty in the phrasing, while also tossing in wry humor and remaining grounded. This is not pretentious literary fiction that feels full of itself and intent of teaching us something. This is a well-written story that entertains and, almost despite itself, makes us think.
The characters are memorable. Their personalities are quirky, fun, and realistic.
While the story ventures into the supernatural and, occasionally, bizarre, it also surprises with gems of profound insight.
A final note: Cannizzaro does not use quotation marks around dialogue, which is a literary style I occasionally see. Honestly, I'm not a fan of this style, and it typically drives me crazy as I'm constantly wondering if a sentence is dialogue, thought, or narration. Cannizzaro actually handles this method exceedingly well. For the most part, I had no issues with the absence of dialogue cues. I still prefer quotation marks, as they're a subtle cue that readers don't even notice, until there are none and then we all notice. But I understand the literary use (or non-use), as its a cleaner style in appearance.
*I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
This is a great novel to add to the collection of anyone who enjoys a journey through the unknown of what happens in the afterlife.
- Interesting story
- Beautiful, poetic writing. There are lines in this book that, upon reading them, I reread them several times to get the full effect of their beauty.
- Wry humor
- Well written characters
- Story moves fast, I felt like some things happened just to advance the plot (mostly in the beginning
- There are no quotation marks around dialogue. It was a little difficult at times to know who was speaking
Overall, any gripes I have are minor. I will be recommending this book to my friends, and I recommend it to you too. It's a beautiful, humorous and well written novel that deserves to be read. Don't miss out on this hidden gem.
Dario's new book and his first novel Dead Men Naked is a literary masterpiece. It is of no importance what other people say and with how many stars they rate it. No stars and no other opinion and review can alter the feeling and sensation I experienced while reading it.
I am not a person who flirts with occult and otherworldly. I also don't think often about death despite my occasional suicidal thoughts and moments when meeting death would be a welcome hideaway and oasis of nirvana and nonexistence from the everyday monsters of the world of the living.
The way Dario Cannizzaro flirts with it in his Dead Men Naked makes me want to reconsider it, even though for a brief random and non-regular moments. Without restraint and holding back, Dead Men Naked is an open buddying and intellectual lovemaking with the Grim Reaper and ghosts of our departed loved ones.
I bet you’ll never forget your first real friend, and for me that was Neil — my first true friend and probably the only one. I missed him in my bones and in my gut. It was a physical feeling, a ghostly limbic resonance with something that wasn’t there anymore.
It is an ode to death which celebrates life and poetry on every page, a detailed and intimate portrait of who we are while stepping over the threshold of the unknown, our becoming into something else or nothing, the ultimate cognition of what we are so desperate to find out while blooming with life but are unable to do so.
There are no secrets to the dead, as after this life they still exist, and known to them is the exit from this stage of fools; alas, everyone will join in this secret eventually, in his own personal way; but a great death takes a life of preparation.
Beautifully portrayed characters are just our guides through this unusually sensual, emotional and deep story. Everything is subordinated to a strong mixed feeling of dying and staying alive, of meeting and escaping the inevitable. I am at the lack of words and abundant with tears of strong impressions, and if I keep saying more, I will only ruin the whole experience. Therefore I will say only this: Dario, you nailed it!
Under the bird’s wings are Neil, Mallory, and Angelene. All of them naked. We’re under the stars, in what looks like an ancient Roman arena. The moon is shining and the clouds are broken and remade by the wind in an endless dance.
Who are you gonna save? the bird declares.
All of them, I reply.
No, you won’t, because you cannot save anyone but you.
The bird flaps his wings once, twice. The air coming from them throws me to the ground. Angelene and Mallory and Neil turn into skeletons and their bones shine like constellations.