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Reviews for Twisted:

★ The ideas seem from a different realm of non-reality, but they are so immaculately constructed that each work becomes a little treasure to visit repeatedly. -Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Reviewer
★ Written for a smart and perceptive reader, who is not afraid to let her imagination fly. -Oleg Medvedkov, Top 500 reviewer
★ Dark, intense, entertaining, thought-provoking and emotional, these short stories each hold their own brand of magnetisim that lasts long after the last word is read... A wealth of depth in few words. -Dii, Top 500 Reviewer
★ A collection of four stories, each one an interesting tale of mystery and intrigue -Dennis Waller, Top 500 Reviewer

From the Author

The inspiration for the story I Am What I Am:
The first story in this book is a spin on the Book of Job. Job is in the center of a monumental bet between God and Satan, who inflicts unthinkable pain on Job. His wife, who like many women in the bible remains nameless, spurs him to put an end to his torture. Because she suggested, 'curse God and die,' she is condemned to a nameless existence in the afterlife, and so she is on a mission to recover her identity. But the price she would have to pay the Prince of Darkness for it may be too heavy for her. In my story she also seeks to restore her own life into the pages of history. 

"Lying still in a corner of the cave, I try my best not to rattle, not to betray my fear. I figure, as long as they think me unconscious, I am safe. I have jolted awake because of the voices, only to discover they are incoherent and muffled. In between the gusts of wind, I can hear them hissing. Each phrase plays out in some verbose foreign music, which I cannot decipher for the life of me. Sigh. This is not Aramaic for sure, or any of the other languages spoken by the locals in my village or by the merchants traveling through along the Jordan river.
It feels as if something has been taken away from me. My breath? My name? Identity? Who am I, then?"

Thinking about the struggle between the light and dark side in our souls, which finds it visual symbol in heaven and hell, directed me towards the bet between God and Satan over the soul of a man. Someone made a comment to me that 'Job's wife is not important enough for Satan to engage in conversation with her.' And I thought, really? Why not?
So the first meaning of I Am What I Am is finding a way to accept her fate, the fate of a nameless woman. The second meaning is a play on the explicit name of God, which in the biblical Hebrew means, I Shall Be What I Shall Be.

Here is an excerpt:
He turns a page, which has been earmarked, and from the top he quotes, "Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? Curse God, and die."
"Yes," I say under my breath. "This I said."
"A clever woman you are! Job should have listened to you."
I shake my head, No. No.
"Had he cursed God, I would have won this bet, this maneuver, as you call it," he says. "Ah, sweet victory! How close it came to be! Too bad he denied you, denied me..."
"What did I do?" I ask, as if I were innocent.
"Woman, you must have known," says Satan, pointing at me, at the cavity around my heart, "you were my accomplice!"
"No," I refuse to agree with him. "I was feeling sorry for Job. My only sin, sir, is impatience. Anything--even death--is better than this hurt, this unrelenting torture. I wanted it to stop. Let it stop, stop already!"
"Don't lie to me now," he says. "The truth is simpler. You wanted to be free."

Product Details

  • File Size: 3290 KB
  • Print Length: 69 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Uvi Poznansky (December 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D7Q3IY4
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Ive read some of the reviews on thisbook and they have reinforced the main impression I had whilst reading this book!
The author having a strong amd uniques voice never wavers in her storytelling.
Job's wife' s story treated with comedy and sattire is an excellent example. The author paints this character clearly. Still I stepped away from the story thinking that the way the author told this story will make each reader to latch onto something the next reader may dismiss.
Adam in the second story creates the image and referance to biblical creation and him staying mute was both iconic as well as disturbing.
The last two stories follow the same existential pattern whilst the feline in the last book was at the same time a paradox and also an universal icon.
What can I say. Somewhat dark, totally cyclical and thus all encompassing this is a unique strong read.
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I am hard put to say which was my favorite. I Am What I Am drew me in right away with the mystery of who this dead woman was. Not being familiar with Christian tales, I nevertheless enjoyed the rock and hard place Job’s wife found herself between. She did a lot of sighing, but if I were her, I would probably do so too….or cuss. I, Woman was sensual and full of creativity, just as I imagine sculpting with clay would be. Even though this was short, the main character grew over the space of the tale, at first thinking little of her clay companion, then coming to appreciate any communication with him, and finally, afraid of what lay before her, missing his constant presence. Perhaps this was my favorite.

The Hollow went by a little too quickly for me, leaving a rather ghostly impression on me. Perhaps it was meant to do so as the woman was in free fall. The book ended with an unlooked for surprise in the last story, The One Who Never Leaves. It is all told from a cat’s perspective, tamed, trapped in domesticity. Being the servant to several cats, I completely connected with this story, recognizing that predatory glint in my cat’s eyes, as captured by the disgruntled feline of this story.

In short, this is an excellent collection of short tales. Each was unique, standing on it’s own merits. I also loved that each was told through female eyes, allowing one more layer of connection.

The Narration: Heather Jane Hogan provided clear, distinct voices, and even went extra lengths to give Satan in the first tale an unearthly tone. My only minor criticism was that the pacing was slow; however this may have been by request of the author.
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Henry Ward Beecher so sagely states that ..."Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." "Twisted" is the fourth book that I have read and reviewed by talented author and artist, Uvi Poznansky. Every time I read one of her poignant works of art, I sense that Ms. Poznansky leaves a part of herself in every word she pens and in every piece of art she creates.

"Twisted" is a compilation of four short stories that reads like a narrative. Each novella is written in the first person and each of the main characters is brought to life as the reader hears the voices of these individuals as they share their plight. Job's wife in, I Am What I Am, has an encounter with the devil as she pleads with him to reclaim her own name. Ms.Poznansky quickly draws her reading audience into a familiar yet foreign setting as she creatively and unexpectedly twists the yarn as she weaves her storyline together. This gifted writer follows the same technique in each of the subsequent novellas, I, Woman...The Hollow...and, The One Who Never Leaves.

There is the added bonus of "Dust" a lovely poem whereby both a male and female take turns expressing their innermost selves and how they communicate in their love/hate relationship. This exchange is followed by two photographs demonstrating the "transition a piece of art undergoes in the foundry".

It is virtually impossible to resist being mesmerized by Ms. Poznansky's message as she so adeptly leaves a part of herself in her varied creative manifestations. It is apparent to me that one artistic gift freely flows into the other.
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And his wife said to him, Do you still hold to your integrity? Curse God and die! Job 2:9.... A face has been given to her by many over the thousands of years that the story has been told, but...what was her name? Don't take too long to try to remember, because she never was named! Job was certainly identified and even picked out by God to show that his faith was great! But what of his wife?

Uvi Poznansky has created a collection of her shorter stories, Twisted, that will provide readers with a tale of horror for the woman who told Job to curse God... Whether or not it has any element of possible truth for this unnamed woman, it certainly points readers in a direction toward which they have never gone... Did she love Job? Feared for his life? Or was she concerned about financial support if her husband were to die? Or, perhaps, she may have been jealous of his devotion to God rather than to her and his family... She forces each woman to consider--what would I have done???

The cover of this book is so very intriguing that I find that I must begin right here. In her book she has a separate section on how her art is intertwined with her writing. This cover, to me, is a perfect example... She shares how she created it and I found that this was just as important part of the book as was the stories themselves... Intriguing...

The story begins as we find the woman without a name in a cave, afraid, wondering what was to happen to her. Did she even remember what her name was? But then she hears a discussion, really an argument. It's about her! When it grows silent again, she begins to crawl slowly out of her hiding place... She crawls until she begins to see what appears to be familiar.
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