- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: Saga Books (October 12, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1894936892
- ISBN-13: 978-1894936897
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,643,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Journey of Life Paperback – October 12, 2007
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One of two main characters, Chance Williams, feels compelled to write. He's a loner with a yellow legal pad, and the pad comes out whenever he's reflective, excited, or depressed. When the pad comes out, he writes. He writes and writes, but you have to wait for the end of the book to find out what he's writing.
Chance is an orphan. In that we're different because I have not one loving family, but two. Like Chance, I had a doting grandmother. Like Chance, I had a boyhood best friend, a black kid very much like Brad Haskins. We shared many boyhood experiences together in Boy Scout campouts and family expeditions. My friend Roy forgave me when I accidentally stepped in his flapjacks during the flapjack flipping contest at Scout Camp. Brad forgave Chance and Chance forgave Brad in "The Journey of Life," discovering that the secret of friendship is forgiveness.
OK, so I don't use a legal pad. I use little notebooks, and I write in them when the need compels me. But Chance and I are one and the same spirit.
We differ in one other way. Chance longs to become a screenplay writer and find his fortune in the movie industry. I've seen enough of the movie industry to know that L.W. Cook accurately describes many aspects of it - the studios, sets, personalities, and so forth. And he has researched out the technicalities of contracts and other aspects of movie making that must be overwhelming for dreamers like Chance and Brad when they first hit the imaginary world we call Hollywood.
That's how Chance and I differ. While I admire the craft of movie making and the devotion that many talented people invest in it, I want no part of it. For one thing, I don't like to be fooled, and fooling people is what it's all about.
Enabling people to visualize something bigger than themselves, however, that is an admirable goal. I think L. W. Cook has done that in spades.
I bought this book, knowing it was a debut novel, fully expecting to be disappointed. I was NOT disappointed; in fact, I came to admire the vision and energy this new author has invested in his work. I hope he will be encouraged to continue pursuing his dream, just as Chance and Brad did theirs.
Oh yeah, I have some suggestions for the author. I spotted a few anachronisms, words I'd leave out, words I'd put in. Sentences and paragraphs I'd rearrange, that sort of thing.
It's the Vision Thing, see. Cook's got it. I expect to rate Five Stars on his next book.
I was delightfully surprised and thoroughly enjoyed it.
This is the type of story that 1: you can read straight through, or 2: you can stop and reflect and/or 3: if you only have short amounts of time in which to read, one can do that easily the way the chapters are arranged.
Being busy, I began with short amounts of time, then became involved in the story and found other moments to enjoy the book. I was disappointed to arrive at the end. This is not your ordinary first novel.
It was a good purchase for me. Chance and Brad and Nelly became friends in themselves. One does indeed, step into The Journey of Life.
I hope Mr. Cook will bring forth another book in the relatively near future.
I can't wait to see this wonderful story brought to the screen.