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Elements by [Deep, Solomon]
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About the Author

Solomon Deep was born in 1969 in Memphis, and currently spends his time between New York and Northampton. He is best known as the creator, producer, and head writer for the weekly live radio program Fortnight. Elements was his first published novel followed by several more novels and collections produced and released by independent publishers. Deep is a dedicated writer, poet, beekeeper, gardener, actor, and traveler.

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  • File Size: 3615 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Perpetual Imagination; 2 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8H0UVY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,790,834 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Elements by Solomon Deep is not the typical story I would read but it sounded interesting. The simple name, "elements" (How much more basic can you get?) with its simple cover complements the plot of this book. At one point or another I think everyone wonders some basic questions like, who am I? Where do I fit in? What is life about? In this book the main character does more than wonder, he takes us on his journey seeing through his eyes, what he has discovered.

This book is a novel of fiction but the plot of the book is realistic and many of the 'events' in the book can even be applied to what is going on today with a little imagination. An example is the 'sleep-ins' at ValuMart protest which isn't hard to visualize the 'die-ins' around the country currently in the news as well as ValuMart sounding a lot like Wal-Mart in many aspects. So with a little imagination I was even able to relate this to things going on today and how it would look to or confuse people growing up and trying to make it on their own in today's world. However, a lot of the book I found really strange (didn't seem to 'fit' in) and even hard to follow at times.

Since the author expressed that no part of the book can be quoted without his consent, I won't which puts me at a disadvantage for review purposes. Even so, there were many good parts of this book however it did not keep me engaged or interested to the degree I had hoped. To me it seemed to drag in many places and the interesting areas of the book seemed too few and to be rushed. As I said, some of it just made no sense to me to even why it was even included in the book since it only dragged it out instead of getting to the point. I understand what the author was trying to do (express the uncertainty, fears, concerns about life/the future) but for me, it didn't work.

* I received a free copy of this book for my honest review.
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Elements has its main character, Alan Levy, set off on a journey to do some soul searching and ask the questions we have all pondered at least once during our lives. Alan dumps his girlfriend and leaves, having many experiences that show him the world isn't as good (or caring of him personally) as he would like. His transition from a self-absorbed youth to a more wise young man is a fairly standard one, but its always the bits inbetween (that "getting there" part) that's the most interesting in my opinion.

I thought the exploration of American society post-9/11 was also quite interesting. For those of us who grew up in the years following, there's a lot to relate to here.The cast is diverse and seeing Alan grow through his interactions with them is naturally a delight. Despite the interesting choice of subject matter, however, I do feel that the story could have been tightened in some places. The beginning did not necessarily grasp my attention, and a few spots throughout lagged.
The book seems to be well edited, as well. The style is standard, a breezy modern style that conveys the details fairly succinctly. Dialogue feels natural and flows well.
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Alan feels stagnated. He is tired of continuously arguing with his girlfriend, Jane, and putting up with his mother’s psychotic drug-induced ways. He decides to leave it all behind. He breaks up with Jane and heads out on a road trip to nowhere in particular. Never could he imagine the places he ends up at, or the people who enter his life.

This was an amazing journey of growth and spiritual enlightenment, and I felt like I was along for the ride. I liked the versatility of each character that Alan met. It was funny that he could see others as selfish brats, but not see himself as one. Although this had a one-year setting, to me it felt like so much longer. I enjoyed the way the story took full circle. I could tell that Alan was a totally different and wiser person after his experiences. I very much enjoyed the ride.
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Elements is an epic. It's a long book, and I took my time reading it. So I really felt the length of the journey the main character Alan undertakes across the country. Despite being such an epic, the book is an easy and engaging read, and I always found myself looking forward to the next step in the journey. Alan, our main character, as most other reviewers seem to have pointed out, is not exactly a likable or sympathetic character. The whole journey's purpose seems to be to get him from this place of insensitivity to a more open and human place, but I never fully went along with him on that. I never really came around to liking Alan. Thankfully, though, Alan meets a long line of much more interesting and likable people (and dogs) along his way, and I got a real sense that (in most cases at least), Alan managed to touch people's (and dog's) lives in positive ways that for the most part he was probably unaware of. Alan is, and describes his own work as “Stories that could really happen,” which seems to describe Solomon’s Deep work as well, at least in this book and several of his other stories I’ve read. Deep does have a great handle on his character’s emotional realities, but I have to say the most exciting writing in this book comes in during a couple surreal moments of turmoil and danger, a dream-like near-death sequence that I won’t spoil the details of, and another dream-like dealing-with-a-tragedy sequence that I definitely won’t spoil the details of. One could easily say that the surreal writing captures the very real feelings of being in similar situations, but these dramatic changes in style (though abrupt) point to a great potential in the author for stories outside the bounds of realism.Read more ›
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