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Loreless Paperback – August 3, 2016
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Praise for Loreless:
"Your writing style is both unique and captivating- such a good read."
"A great story about about a transformational event in a man's life that leads him to his roots. Events like this are not able to be measured by scientific instruments, but I don't think that diminishes it's significance. Thank you."
"I loved this story and really like all its meanings and stories. Also, I could see this as inspirational as well, as it might persuade others to go back to their own roots! Overall this story was definitely worth reading! Awesome job!"
"This definitely deserves more recognition."
"Your character, Billy, is a reflection of the struggles that many people face. Often we will hit rock bottom, and for those that have the determination to question our actions and turn those actions into positives, that is where salvation can be realized. No, not everyone will experience Billy's path. But, there are many who have similar experiences and are making the same choices as Billy.
"Though Billy is fictitious, I'm rooting for him. Once again, well done!"
From the Author
At the time I was also interested in making music and a friend gave me a tip: anything you write you can sing, you only need a guitar. I taught myself a few basic chords, took my poem and put it to music. It became the first song I ever wrote.
Music was just a tool to convey the words.
At some stage I decided to go a step further and write a musical. I made several attempts at writing the musical but it never really came together. The story behind the musical, though, never left me. About four years ago I decided to take the plunge and write something more substantial than a poem or a lyric. I decided to write a novel.
It became my debut novel Loreless.
Completing Loreless encouraged me to continue writing.
Visit pjwhittlesea.com for more information about my writer's journey.
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Wondering what he would do, Billy was surprised to see a figure standing on the opposite side of the road; but as he ventured near, the person raised a hand to stop Billy. The huge rush of wind from a passing road train shocked Billy to his core. The vehicle following some time later stopped however – and Billy met Rob and Tex – two men who would be instrumental in the change which was to come into Billy’s life.
As Billy grappled with what was happening to him, Rob and Tex took him to their community. It seemed they were in the outback, somewhere near Alice Springs. How he had come to travel so far from Adelaide was a mystery to him. Billy’s encounters with the enigmatic Pidgin, the Aboriginal elders and other members of the friendly community confused Billy. He’d had no idea he was so lost – but what he was being shown made him wish he knew more about his own Aboriginal heritage…
Loreless by Aussie author P.J. Whittlesea is a novel of discovery by a young Aboriginal man who had lived in the city for longer than he cared to remember. As he tried to work out how to get back to the city he’d come from, other forces were at work in getting him to stay.
Though I did find the telling of Loreless to be a little stilted and jerky, with the flow of the story uneven at times, it is an interesting and intriguing telling and one which I recommend.
Loreless is more than just a story, though. This book leads the reader through the violent events that have shaped Aborigine history in Australia over the last two centuries, with a breath-taking narrative that will move your soul. The story is broken up by several flashbacks that are relevant to the story and Billy's past. Each one goes further back in time, showing how the arrival of white settlers disturbed the Aborigines' natural balance of life. These flashbacks are incredibly vivid, with haunting images that leave you wanting to know more, but also feeling devastated by the suffering of these people.
This book leaves you with a sense of sadness at the things human beings do to each other, but also with a glimmer of hope for the future, that in generations to come the natural balance may one day be restored. I would recommend everyone reads this, if only to learn from our past and make sure that these things never happen again.