- File Size: 1357 KB
- Print Length: 27 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Paul Vitols (July 17, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 17, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07FNMLK4H
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,103,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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All of that said, the real question is, “Mrs. Y. Did you like this story?”
Did I like it? I’m not sure that I’d call it deep like, but I thought it was okay. To elaborate though, It was just okay, and I am by no means in love with it. I do see myself reading this like when I'm in a waiting room, or trying to do something but want to read between tasks.
One of the reasons I wasn't a huge fan, has to do with the prose and word choice. I found the poetic prose of the story was not matching the tone of the story, so that took me out of it a couple of times. It’s written in the style of a fantasy or possibly even a Charlotte Bronte novel, very formal, and so descriptive and massive. Yet the story itself is gritty and dirty and it feels weird with the words. So I guess take the grittiness and genuine feelings from “Kitchen Confidential” By Anthony Bourdain, mix it with the descriptiveness of Bronte, shorten it a bit, add some interesting takes on sewing one's oats, and you got “Lost Kings.”
I think that was the point though, that this is a story of enlightenment and grandiose things, among a backdrop of grittiness and mutual discovery among two school chums who are spending their time discovering Europe and themselves. That said, I didn’t really enjoy that contrast of beautiful words mixed with the F-Bombs and describing the things that the book described. It’s not that it’s bad either folks, it’s that it’s just not for me. I probably am going to read “Lost Kings” again because, it’s just about perfect for errand running and, it is thought-provoking, even if it isn’t my favorite short story.
I've read better short stories, and I have read much worse. This is about the middle of the pack. You guys know I adore short stories, and from my previous reviews, I’ve mentioned that they are in my opinion the most challenging and difficult of story types to write. So I do want to be sure that you all know I read this three times, just to be sure my feelings on it were genuine to me all three times and that this was indeed how I am taking this story. Every time I left it feeling the same, it was okay, but it wasn’t one of the great ones to me personally.
That aside, Paul did an excellent job making me think about it so cerebrally. Despite it not being my cup of tea, I can honestly say that this book is indeed worth a read just so you know how you personally feel about it.
Right now according to Amazon, it's $.99, and that's a good deal.
I'm giving Lost Kings a 79/100 for a short story review. Again, not great, not bad, just about the higher end of the middle of the pack.
The reader follows two friends, John and Stephen, and John's twenty years old, seeking enlightenment, traveling in an old Volkswagen van with his friend. In the end, I felt like John and his friend, Stephen, were like lost kings themselves. They saved for this trip and were meeting challenges along the way. John is more sentimental and Stephen is not. We see the world experience uncertainty through John’s eyes- his quest for meaning and a fulfilled life.
The one time I got emotion from John was when he said “Whose trip was this, anyway? I can’t have an adventurous life living under somebody else’s orders!”
It’s an interesting short story with a steady pace and in my view it shies away from a five star review because I felt like John's quest is incomplete.
What I will tell you about Lost Kings is that it is a well written short story featuring a complex three-dimensional character. This is the type of character that I have come to expect from Mr. Vitols works. His characters are not simply superficial creations; do gooders with all-positive and saintly traits, but rather masterfully created complete characters with thoughts, aspirations, and searching minds. His characters are like us, having flaws and internal conflicts too. John Pulkis is just such a character, and this is the kind of character that I can truly connect with as a reader. In my opinion Vitols is a wonderfully descriptive writer as well, he has the ability to paint a setting and mood in the minds eye of his readers.
Lost Kings touches on topics of spirituality and the search for inner peace. Bliss in a world of chaotic and conflicting emotions and uncertainty. Lost Kings also makes references to several books such as the Golden Bough, and The Way of Zen. These books play a supportive role in how young Pulkis views the world. They are interwoven into the story in a way that makes me want to explore those works as well.
I highly recommend Lost Kings. It is a short story that can be enjoyed in a single sitting. I have read it now a couple of times to get a fuller appreciation of it. You can find it for the modest price of 99¢ on Amazon and Smashword. If you do read it, review it. I would love to know your opinions too. Its fun to see what other readers think!
Can you walk across the world? Can you drive across the world? WOULD you walk/drive/run across the world? Where would you start? Where do you finish? Those are some hard questions. Much like where we are going in life.
That's what Lost Kings has in the story. Two friends, John Pulkis and his friend Stephen are traveling in a Volkswagen and will soon know if they can make it around the world. The two are running low on money and have life decisions staring at them.
Use the tuition money for school? Or not? Questions and no answers. Well, not right now anyway.
This story is thought provoking. Do the conventional things in life...go to college and get a job. Or do you live life out in the world with no responsibilities?
Great short story with some Zen.