- 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
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,920,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a point of view, "A Sharply Struck E7" captures a real outlook on contemporary society from the perspective of Moss, who questions the values and make-up of his world. Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by Nicholas A. Spencer
I have met the author, however I do not know him very well. A wonderful guy from the interactions that I did have with him and I feel he wrote a wonderful book. Read morePublished on April 30, 2013 by Donny McCarthy
E7 is a book that puts you squarely in the lucid, highly controversial mind of the main character, and you are left there to fend for yourself. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by catta
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