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The Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Death of Josh Turner Paperback – August 1, 2011
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Sometimes I can read a few pages here & there to get the gist of a book. Sometimes I have to read more. In the case of this book, I didn't HAVE to read more, I WANTED to read more. I wanted to read it all. And, for a lot of reasons, I wanted it to go on and on and on.
One of the reasons was that I found the writing to be terrific. Treciak knows how to write and he does it really well. Then there's the dialog, which, in my opinion as a writer, is some of the hardest writing there is. (Well, at least for me.) To give each character a voice and a personality and not just have them as vehicles to impart information is a gift. And this guy has it.
Then there's the story itself. What a weird & wonderful concept. I kept thinking of of Kurt Vonnegut as I read the manuscript.
And then there's the characters. My bias is that if you don't care about the characters then you don't care about the story because you don't care about what happens to the people. These characters are offbeat, fun, often funny, and I just wanted to keep hanging out with them. They became my friends.
Finally, there's the message. Not that this book is necessarily primarily about message, however it happens to have a great one. It's positive, it's upbeat, and it pretty much answers one of the great questions of the universe. I don't know if Treciak set out to write a book with a message, but that's sure what he ended up with.
And that message is...
Okay, I'm not going to rob you of the very great pleasure of diving into this book finding it out for yourself.
If you enjoy an imaginative story with great characters and a fun ride all around, do yourself a favor & get this book.
Moving in and out of Josh's lingering death, the story shows Josh reliving his life through the eyes of an extra-terrestrial from a doomed world, through his quirky group of friends, and through the lives of the others who populate the hospital. Without knowing it, Josh changes the lives of everyone around him with his dying. With the subtlety of master musician, David Treciak knows how to use silence, when not to answer every question so that the reader can let their own imagination run with the profound ideas he sprinkles throughout the story.
Treciak's writing is full all the imagery you'd expect from a writer who knows his craft, yet this is an exciting, page-turning novel that sweeps you up into an extraordinary death. What a wonderful way to talk about the most feared subject on the planet. Can we make a difference in the world, not with how we live our lives, but in how we die? This is the main question Treciak asks in what has to be the most imaginary way I've ever had the pleasure to read.
An unforgettable book because David Treciak gives us an unforgettable character, Josh Turner, who we meet on his deathbed. I will certainly recommend this highly original and inspiring novel to anyone looking for an engrossing book that really stands out from all the others.
The author entwines Josh's conscious life, his semi-conscious dreams, sex and alien abduction, skillfully bringing it all together in the end... unfortunately, Josh's end too.
A nice perspective on life and what is really important when your time is up.
Briefly then, Josh Turner is hospitalized in the final stages of cancer, having lost his wife to cancer not long ago, struggling with important decisions such as increasing his IV analgesic drip, loathing the hospital gruel presented at mealtime, and finding comfort and friendship with the nurses. His tranquil, drug-altered state is fractured by the appearance of visitors - three friends from the past (Aria, A.J.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"The Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Death of Josh Turner" is told in two threads. In the primary thread, Josh Turner lays in his deathbed suffering from terminal cancer. Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by K. Sullivan
I'd love to see this made into an independent movie (hint hint). The author skillfully juxtaposes weighty questions of greed/ecology/technology/religion with light-hearted moments. Read morePublished on October 8, 2011 by sparky_magic_rainbow
Josh Turner, a young widower, is in the hospital, dying of cancer. His treatment is pretty much drugs to diminish the pain, along with TLC from nurses and friends that visit. Read morePublished on September 14, 2011 by Richard E. Fuller
Josh Turner was a character you really wanted to get to know. It's a refreshing story to read, since the market is dominated by vampires. Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Ambyr81
David Treciak knows how to write. In The Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Death of Josh Turner, the reader feels the main character Josh's frustrations, his amazement and discovery... Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Librarian
I liked the premise of the book which gives form to the question that is on everyone's mind sooner or later. Also the cast of characters is fun and colorful.Published on September 2, 2011 by Satchel Bernardin