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A Place Without a Postcard Paperback – January 13, 2003
"...descriptively written, gritty, and raw. You can almost feel what experiencing blindness must be like..." -- The Taylor Tribune, February 20, 2003
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Paul Reynolds, a photographer who specializes in images of fake UFOs, finds himself blind, lost, and wanted by the law in the West Texas desert after a motorcycle wreck leaves him with few memories of his recent past. Unsure if he should trust or fear the strange man who seems to have saved his life, Paul must put together the jigsaw puzzle of his memory in this quirky tale of friendship, redemption, and belief.
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We follow Paul's spotty memory as he begins to piece together what happened. Well-executed flashbacks tie the present effectively to the past as we discover what happened to put him in this benevolent (or not so benevolent?) man's care.
But what is most impressive is how James Brush illustrates, powerfully and perfectly, what it is like to suddenly go blind. Brush's use of imagery creatively puts the reader in the story, making it easy to imagine what it would be like to lose one's sight.
As Paul begins to wonder about his caretaker's intentions, he is also forced to examine his beliefs about extraterrestrial life and the supernatural. Born a cynic, he must decide if he believes his memories or his logical mind.
The book moves swiftly, but leaves mysteries that may -- or may not -- be tied up in the ending. Several twists in the plot keep this book interesting, and the character development is done well. While most of the mysteries in the story are tied up neatly at the end, Brush leaves a few dangling, providing an opportunity for the reader to make up his own mind.
Do you believe in UFOs and supernatural happenings? This book will cause you, too, to reevaluate what you think.
Overall, this book is definitely a page-turner. I look forward uo more of Brush's work.
What happens to Paul comes back to him in a series of flashbacks after he wakes up and discovers he is in incredible pain, blind and not in a hospital. Instead he has been rescued by The Stranger, aka Sergio, a recluse who lives in a shack without electricity and subsists on a diet of warm beer and canned beef stew. Sergio's only companion is his half dog/half coyote named Mercury. Ironically, Paul, a photographer who creates photos of UFOs for tabloid magazines, wants to see as much as Sergio does not want to be seen.
A Place Without a Postcard weaves mystery with philosophy. The plot, so seemingly simple, is unveiled in a way that would normally be confusing, but it is not. I caught myself marveling at the impeccable imagery, laughing at the dry as desert wit, and wondering if James Brush is the John Milton of contemporary fiction. He has to be blind to empathize with his protagonist's agony, both physically and mentally.
This is an absolute MUST READ. I became so absorbed in Brush's narrative that I hated to stop reading to make dinner for my husband. However, the next day, I had to rip the novel out of my husband's hands so that he would eat the dinner that I had finally cooked. So, James Brush, just like Naomi Judd on Star Search, I give you FIVE STARS! If I were you, I would get that screenplay ready.
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Im here to tell everyone about James Brush.
Now nothing personal but anyways he was my English Teacher and if anything he taught me...Read more