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the Idea of North Paperback – September 22, 2015
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similar to most humans, alex kimmell is made from a high percentage of dihydrogen monoxide. he inhales oxygen and exhales carbon dioxide. to provide energy for survival, he consumes necessary resources. with his wife and two male offspring, he resides in the smallest american state. Their two short legged canines keep the squirrels at bay. he has nightmares… visit him at alexkimmell.com
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Set in a universe that is easily like our own, Kimmell's is clearly not our own. Without cheekiness, the novel presents perfectly mathematical arguments to support all that is horrific and scary, plus all that is beautiful and perfect. The relationships between characters are like the relationships between maths and music, between earth and sky. They are daring and new, like nothing I’ve read before.
Drawing together concepts that one would never imagine in one place of fiction, let alone feeding off one another, the story weaves in and out of time, visits characters from vantage points not witnessed in work-a-day fiction, and delivers a sum that is many multitudes of those parts.
Characters in this world are at once mysterious and distant, then also familiar and likeable. I found myself, more than once, feeling like their dialogue and their wants were akin to my own. The connections between each, in past and present, aren’t readily identifiable in Kimmell's book. But as pages turn, those blurred connections begin to solidify, and we discover how tight and close those characters are to one another.
I loathe spoilers of any kind in a review (the customer review is not a book report), so I won’t give details here, but Dalton Beaufort, his family, and the connective tissue of his cohorts, is a study in humanity against the backdrop of an otherworldly sort of dissonance, one that, sadly, is exceedingly obvious as a part of us all. The levels at which this story resonates, not just with its musical ties, but with its ties to who we are, left me wishing for more pages by the end.
Now. This book is no paperback rack pulp. Nor is it an easy beach read. I’ll be straight up: you need to bring to this book everything you have. And in return, it will reward your readership with sparkling gems of insight, both into humanity and the things that make our world distinctly inhumane. Make no mistake: some readers will have difficulty with a tome this thick with meaning. Others won’t care to delve into its mysteries and will simply set it aside, believing it to be not worth their time. But ‘The Idea of North’ is worth a deep read, if only to convince ourselves that the sky won’t open up and swallow us whole, all the while, singing a tune as it does so.
Most musicians will tell you that music is in everything from the dribbled bounce of a basketball creating a street court pulse to wind molesting wind chimes. This book holds onto this ideology and takes it further into an old school religious aspect.
As haunting as melodies can be, so is Alex Kimmell's narration of Dalton Beaufort's life. The story is thoughtfully laid out to give you movements of the piece, without spoon-feeding a straight forward plot. The story works in the same way that the storms within the pages travel. While there are moments of solitary relief (such as being in the eye of a storm), the story cannot help but grab you and take you within the winds of Aderato. Story also highlights the question of do we define ourselves by nature or nurture and how our upbringing attracts us to others.
Alex Kimmell creates another masterpiece with an untouched creative haunting muse. This book is not to be missed.