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A Sharply Struck E7 by [Doon, Selkirk]
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Length: 84 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 260 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: September 18, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009DFTA72
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In the beat style of truth-seeking ramble for the sake of rambling while seeking the truth, this is an honest line. Moss, the protagonist, narrates the days of his life like scenes going by his window, and he frequently turns the mirror on himself. He is self-absorbed and cynical, and not a very likable character. But as he eviscerates all the people he encounters down to the bare skeleton and then fleshes them back together again, we begin to wonder if it is really him that is the problem. Is it possible that he absorbs the suffering of others, only to transform it to hate and fling it back in our faces? Maybe being an insensitive young man is his coping mechanism, and he would commit suicide if he had to internalize the pain and keep it.

Whatever the case, this is nothing if not character-driven, and the clarity of conscience is astonishing. There is no plot or Master Plan, but those things are antithetical to this hero's journey anyway. It is virtually timeless except for the occasional political reference. It's in some city in the American Heartland, but not any one of them in particular.

This book analyzes desperation and the human experience, ultimately affirming that Man is a bad animal. It reminds us that we look away from the homeless and go on killing time, but somewhere deep down, there's a sick little cringing feeling inside. We really don't care about that wasted, suicidal soul on the street-- but we should, but we don't. There is a lie that gets covered up. That's what's eating Moss. He may know that too, and when he thinks too much about it, he plays guitar. And it must be a sharply struck E7 that takes the pain away, and makes other people feel better too, just for a little while, just as long as the E7 rings.
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This isn't as much a novel as it is a heart-felt walk with the reader through the sleazy underside of a big city. Grinding cynicism and misanthropy prevail, with some religion, some politics and a thorough evisceration of socio-economic classes. Doon peels back the veneer and explores the conflicts that fester in idealistic minds. This world is not painted in subtle tones, but rather with vivid colors and messy brushstrokes that not only belie oz, but belittle it--explaining life to the uninitiated. Filled with strange and vivid encounters, it is an oddly comforting testament to many aspects of the human condition that go unnoticed by the vast majority.

Moss plays guitar, but serves throughout as a moral optometrist, who constantly struggles to correct the vision of the "myopic casualties" of society. Daily interaction with a bizarre set of characters allows life to be probed from different facets, with those same characters thoughtfully absorbing or summarily dismissing the insight. Caring little for the notion of conventional wisdom, Moss remains true to himself--cynical, loving, sarcastic, sweet--all at once. Walking a wire of insecurity, wit, indignation and grandiose notions, he shroudedly admits to being a master of contradictions. Critical of power and believing those bestowed with such are devious in protecting their image and in assuring their deceptions are not exposed. Throughout the frequent and loud denunciation of the "popular" or "in" groups, you're left to wonder if this is a core belief, or if he is simply rejecting them before they could reject him.

There are no impurities in Selkirk Doon's writing. The apparent random structure of the book holds within it thoughts on human existence, and the juxtaposition of fate.
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This novel consists of a series of vignettes narrated in first person, present tense, by Moss, an alienated 26-year old rock musician. It lacks a linear plot, arc, turning point, conclusion, and most other elements of a traditional story. Moss spends much of it roaming streets, finding his way in a world he never made, encountering various oddball characters and losers. He has few friends, and holds most others he encounters in contempt. Why not? A few he meets: his disdainful stepfather, a female wrestler, music store punks, a bong store clerk, drunks, prostitutes, and so forth. Moss may be mentally disturbed, or not. He is self-absorbed, contemptuous of societal norms, and seems emotionally dulled. At one point, he shows true feeling when a Latino boy asks him to stand in for his dead father. Later, he spurns the boy, declaring, "I'm nothing if not a dead end to others' hopes and dreams." An articulate statement of his nihilism. There is not much to like in Moss, although his tale provides insight into the mind of an alienated young man. Selkirk Doon, the author, writes with considerable energy. The story moves along. Although most of it is narrated by Moss in a rambling style reminiscent of Henry Miller, at times Moss reverts to conventional storytelling techniques using straightforward description and dialogue. As a reader, I prefer the latter and feel it was more effective.
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This book was fascinating due to the complex descriptions used to purvey the intricate thoughts that struck the chords within the mind of a seemingly dejected musician. I enjoyed `A Sharply Struck E7' because it was unapologetic in what it tried to convey, yet it was still freely flowing and sometimes subtle in the words that were written on the page.

Reoccurring themes such as music, youth, despair, and complicated relationships liter the pages in the same way that the various decrepit and unusual characters that Moss comes into contact with on his various walks throughout the city streets appear so frequently. This book succeeds in it's imagery and in the philosophical thoughts that are offered up to the reader to ponder, but at times I felt somewhat lost, trying to search for what the core purpose of the narrative was.

That's not to say I didn't enjoy the story, because I most certainly did, and it should be noted that Selkirk Doon is an extremely talented writer who is capable of creating an elaborate sentence without it coming across as being forced. My only main criticism is that perhaps this work could have tried to focus on a more traditional layout, with a clear beginning, middle and end. While certain things stood out to me, like the failing relationship Moss had with his girlfriend Dexter, and his strong dislike of his stepfather, other things fell to the wayside as I tried to find the true meaning of what E7 was searching for. In the end, perhaps the real goal of what this book was trying to achieve was for the reader to become lost within it's pages, and if so, then that objective was accomplished with me.
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