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Saint Paul Trois Châteaux: 1948: A Novella By C. JoyBell C. Paperback – March 20, 2011
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There is a relationship between the eye contacts we make and the perceptions that we create in our heads; a bond between the sound of another's voice and the emotions that we feel in our hearts; an affinity between our movements in space all around us and the magnetic pulls we can create between others and ourselves. All of these things (and more) make up the magic of every ordinary day. These are the white spaces in life, the spaces in between the written lines, the cracks in which the sunlight filters into. Herein is found mystery, enigma, understanding, answers. Some of us swim in the overflowing of the wine glass of life, we stand and blink our eyes in the sunlight reaching unseen places, we know where to find the white spaces, we live in magic!
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Like its heroine, the story is capricious and mercurial, vaulting between emotions, times and even tenses like a dancer in the most acrobatic of ballets, a lithe, elegant form delirious with passion and expressive impulse. If you told me that the entire thing had been written in a single sitting, in some mad, 36-hour compulsion that left its author's tendons inflamed and fingers near paralytic with cramps, I would believe you. And if you told me that it had been written over the course of ten years abroad researching every detail of the setting, then meticulously drafting and redrafting and editing each turn of phrase to achieve an impression of reckless spontaneity, I would also believe you. This work either flowed from its author in a cascade of emotion and vitality, or has been precisely crafted to produce that effect. In either case, it left me convinced that C. JoyBell C. is a person wildly alive, struck through with wonderment and awe at the world around us, and intent on communicating those sensations with the rest of humanity.
In Lucy, the author has managed to invest seemingly the entire catalogue of delightful female mannerisms and a spectrum of moods no less bright or fluid than the rays from a prism that might wash across the wave-tossed deck of a ship at sea, if some student of optics were to hold it aloft in demonstration to his fellow passengers. And this despite the fact that the story itself is mostly dark and night-bound, full of tempest-tossed moments that tell us how it feels to be cold and drenched and muddied, both inside and out.
It's a conversational story, in its structure and also in its ambitions. The present action consists almost entirely of two people talking, although their omissions are by and large as important as the words that they speak. But in making us guess and wonder and fill in a great many gaps, the author seems to want to engage the reader in a dialogue -- to make the reader a part of these discussions, with their turmoil of expression and repression, their mysteriously veering and ricocheting passions.
I was thoroughly mesmerized by "Saint Paul Trois Chatueax," and had circumstances permitted, would likely have read it all at one stretch. I hope that the author's life is as vibrant as this work makes Life seem.
The authors attention to detail is amazing! I feel like I'm also at the restaurant hearing Lucy laugh or that i actually tasted Amaury's delicious Tiramisu. =) It keeps you wanting to read more and more.
Definitely a keeper.
The book is probably most suited to those that like to understand others thoughts very deeply, and is short enough to read on a long flight with maybe a few hours left to read after the travel is over, however that is not to say it should be looked at as light reading. I was deeply moved by this book.
I also would like to add that, considering I found this book through a C Joybell C "quote" on a Facebook photo that some, including me, found to be spiritual sounding but flawed, it is a fictional book containing the thoughts of fictional characters in the 1940's. It would be best to keep in mind that the quotes found on Facebook photos do not always include the context. The author, C Joybell C, is a very wise individual with a solid understanding of what makes people and life interesting. I was able to borrow the book for free with my Amazon Prime account, but it is well worth the price of the book.