- Paperback: 130 pages
- Publisher: Northwest Passage Books; 1 edition (December 28, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0992005949
- ISBN-13: 978-0992005948
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,431,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lunasa Days Paperback – December 28, 2013
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About the Author
Andre Sólo is a traveling philosopher and author. He believes that the best way to find a purpose in life is to go on an adventure. He built a successful career in nonprofits but gave it up to put his ideas to the test.
Andre writes of the world the way he sees it: laced with hidden enchantment. He creates evocative stories of magical realism and modern-day fables. As a philosopher, his work has earned him a seat as a contributing scholar at State of Formation, a project of the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, and as a columnist at Patheos.org. He was chosen to speak at the Hero Round Table, a cross-disciplinary conference on creating real heroism in today's world. He has never done anything heroic, but wants to live a life worthy of being remembered.
Slowly Andre is making his way 9,000 miles to Brazil by bicycle and by foot. He has no permanent home but returns often to New Orleans. He published a weekly dispatch from his journey at http://www.RoguePriest.net.
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Top customer reviews
Unlike other books on magic, this novella is not concerned with the end result of any magical working and routine, but rather focuses on the extent to which any encounter between people can be said to be magical. To be sure, getting there, as it were, is significant in works of magic that use spell casting, divination, or consorting with spirit, but what’s important here is the idea of ‘there’ being about something else and not just an end destination marked by the exclamation, ‘it worked’. Rather, Lúnasa Days is more concerned with performing magic as an act of astonishing oneself. ‘Can I astonish myself,’ Jacob seems to be asking all the way through, and the answer is, ‘yes, if you are dedicated to listening to your environment with utmost acuity.’
The author writes beautifully and with an unsentimental sensibility. Yet it is clear that what makes this text strong is the fact that it is written in a heartfelt and honest vein. It also has something to say about what a magical working can add to people’s lives. This is not only a book about magic as an art, but also about a dedicated artist who throws himself upon his art in a frenzy, thus allowing for the best to emerge. Magic here comes across as the necessity to maintain the act of suspending disbelief, only so that one can learn about discernment. Without the suspension of disbelief there is no discernment. Jacob makes many such direct points that are full of significance. Lunasa Days is a very enjoyable text that teaches us all a lesson in the many ways of listening.
And just to make sure that I entice here potential readers to go for it, let me mention the following: As Gertrude Stein once said, ‘every good text has sex in it.’ This one does too. It is wonderful. It is of the land and of the people who stand upon it while also waiting for the rain to come.
There is a familiarity in the story yet there is also the unknown, leaving you curious to find out what will happen next. Will the magic work or is it all just wishful thinking? Will Bailey be the hero of the people, saving them from their plight, and also rescue the girl in the end?
The writing is poetic, mystical and yet still real in its telling. Despite it being a novella the chapters are concise, only saying what is needed to be said, the words as scarce and as precious as the water in the drought it speaks of, chosen as in a spell to conjure up the desired feeling. With the magic there is a desire for something great to happen, something powerful and moving beyond the strength and ability of the people. There is a hope underlying the struggle of these ordinary people tying to make sense of life and its hardships, looking to find a purpose in the everyday, in the suffering and in the mundane, living amidst the magic of life.
I look forward to reading more of Bailey's adventures and discovering how the story's world, and its magic, unfolds.
Bailey is a Magician. And I found his story to be quite refreshing since he is anything but sure of himself, unlike so many stories in popular culture where Magicians are portrayed as not only self-confident, but actually arrogant. Baily doubts his magic and the impact it may have on those whom it may affect.
Generally, the characters seemed like real people with real problems and real flaws, as well as more positive qualities. The author takes extra care to describe Emily, a young waitress and single mother with spiritual talents of her own, stifled by medications and misunderstanding from her community and our society.
Such a short book, it would be all too easy to give away spoilers in a review. So I will only say that though short, this book is a good value since it is a unique, well written story. Clearly, the author carefully crafted this work to give the most impact in as few words as possible. Personally, I had a hard time putting it down.
I loved this book for its literary merit. Jacob's writing style is of a kind which is my favorite, spare but evocative, reminding me of a cross between Earnest Hemingway and J. D. Salinger. The book also had elements of Magic Realism, my favorite literary genre.
For the most part, Lúnasa Days is an easy read. And the book had many quotable sentences. I actually found myself reading parts aloud, here and there, to my husband who also very much also like the writing style and what the author had to say. There were very few typos, far fewer than were in my copy of _The Mockingjay_ which I read around the same time. I do wish it were a longer book.
So, I hope we will see more fiction from Drew Jacob. I know I will be among the first to buy his next book.
Andre Solo writes with beautiful efficiency, and his crisp, understated style packs a powerful punch. A must-read for anyone who has ever felt they were meant for something more but weren't sure what that "more" was.