Delusions of Clarity: A Novel of Intrigue and Perception Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B082588757
- Publisher : Mando Forte Books (November 21, 2019)
- Publication date : November 21, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 3705 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 692 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1732049629
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,627,859 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The intrigue and perception within this book was as much a plot device as it was a comment on who we are as a culture and how our life's experiences, social/economical politics, and our own personal beliefs help to shape who we are and how we move through life--thus coloring how we view, feel, react, and reflect on events.
While it was nothing monumental, it really was a well written, enjoyable read, especially if you're looking for a fully enveloping distraction from the day-to-day grind.
First, his dialogue is terrific. He writes long pages of dialogue between the therapist and the cop/patient which are not only believable in terms of how therapy sessions actually go, but the dialogue is believable yet fresh, and very engaging. He manages to hold the reader's interest through long stretches of dialogue.
Second, I can hardly believe the author is not a psychologist. The book cover says he has been a journalist and editor, yet his knowledge of psychology and especially therapy is phenomenal. How does he know how to portray the therapy sessions and the inner psychological aspects of both the therapist and the patient if he is not a therapist himself. I was very impressed.
And third, while the author includes 20 or 30 short dialogues that really have nothing to do with the actual plot, conversations that don't advance the storyline, these dialogues between the therapist and several minor characters are amazingly interesting, and on the widest range of topics from big things like philosophical perspectives on life, to ordinary every day things that he makes fascinating. Most editors would insist on cutting out those conversations because they "don't advance the plot," but the fact that they were left in made the experience of reading this book so much richer, like bits of delicious desserts sprinkled in between the murder mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed these peaks into the character's (author's) mind and his interesting ways of looking at life, all expressed in down-to-earth, easily understood language and analogies. I hope he writes another book.
Top reviews from other countries
Jommers job of trying to get to the truth through his sessions with toughened cops, given "persuading them to open up was like trying to sell nursing home insurance to twenty-year-olds" is superb reading. At times I did find myself trying to rush through some of the background detail, which while interesting, seemed to slow the story a little too much at times.
In our current time where mental health has come to the fore along with the importance of people talking, this book is great for challenging the idea that those in tough jobs should have no 'crack in their reserve' and that "therapy is for pussies". As much as the action, I enjoyed the philosophical analysis of the choices people make and what drives them, especially that of Karl Jommers himself. A great read overall.
There’s no denying that Vern Bryk is one hell of a writer with a superb vocabulary, and killer skills with words. But at the same time I found the pace forever slowing down with all the psychological analysis and friendly conversations with protagonist’s favorite barman who is full of interesting anecdotes. But it got to a point where I was getting antsy waiting for the plot to be resolved. You won’t be disappointed if you read it: it is a very good book. But like I said you better be very interested in people more so than in action and have a lot of patience with the action part of the plot.