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The Visionary Paperback – September 29, 2014
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About the Author
Czech-American author Birgitte Rasine writes literary fiction that twists the beauty and the pain of the human experience into unforgettable strands of storytelling. Inspired by actual events, her stories probe the deeper, if inconvenient, truths about the human psyche and modern society. Published works include "The Visionary," "Verse in Arabic," "Confession," and the popular "The Serpent and the Jaguar." In addition to her writing, Birgitte serves as the Chief Evolution Officer (CEO) of LUCITÀ Inc., a hybrid design and communications firm based in Silicon Valley. She is a member of several professional organizations including the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and sits on the board of directors of a Czech and Slovak nonprofit organization in New York City dedicated to supporting the leaders of tomorrow. A graduate of Stanford University, Birgitte also studied professional cinematography at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, and completed a professional masters degree in international relations at the Instituto Universitario Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, Spain. She lives in Northern California with her family.
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To escape the busy revolving door of modern life, our gaze is lifted to the blazing light which creates life all around us and to the gift of sacred time we are awarded to maximize our life potential.
Reminiscent of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring", it is clear our careless choices are destroying nature, beauty and health. There is still opportunity to fulfill dreams and vision in the future to benefit all humanity.
In a chapter called the Seed Story, the author explains the evolution of her novella over a period of more than ten years.
The second half of the book is perhaps the most impressive. Visionaries who have read this book share their modern-day lifework which harnesses the principles of the story.
The prose is offered, for the most part, without punctuation. This was new to me but my mind's eye adapted quickly to frame sentences. It was as easy as listening to a conversation with no thought to placement of the comma or period.
This book was a genuine inspiration, so filled with exciting ideas, I will re-read it many times.
Another positive point is I liked the lyrical voice especially the varying tempo. Birgitte writes scenes with exact phasing. The phasing is consistent with the frantic pace of the NYC lifestyle, while the slower, melodic tone is consistent with the pensive, reflective, and sensory energy of the South American scenes.
Second positive is the Story Seed section. While I clearly discerned the purpose of The Visionary before reading this section, I appreciated the story more as I read Birgitte's twelve-year investment of thorough research and writing she made into The Visionary. After reading this section, I did re-read earlier sections and appreciated the book more. I recommend you reading this section after you've finished reading the actual story.
I also enjoyed reading the stories from various visionaries placed toward the end of the book. I was moved by the passion these people have for their work that ranged across the spectrum from issues such as environmental activism, poverty alleviation, child advocacy, and women's rights.
The negative was fighting through the thesaurus-style that slowed me down as if I was constantly driving over speed bumps. I could handle the lack of punctuation if I didn't have to read so many synonyms -- they didn't help paint the picture any clearer. If you fight through this style of writing, then you will be rewarded with a well-presented gift about life, love, and purpose.
Overall, I recommend this story if you like reading something written out-of-the-box especially if you're a fan of the stream of conscious style. And you might be a fan of this book if you have an passion for social justice, living life authentically, and making your life count -- this story will probably resonate with the cry of your heart.
NOTE: I was able to read this story for free through Story Cartel in exchange for a review.
The cover is enchanting, beautiful, artistic, and somewhat literary - I thought it will be a deep look into the things surrounding us. And yes, when I started reading, the author described the five senses of the main character.
But the paragraphs are just way too long and sentences too dense. I do not know if it is style, but the missing commas and periods are irritating.
Yes, the perspectives and description are very nice and provoking, but all the 'style' make this an extremely hard read. If you are patient enough to work the sentences out, you will find this a meaningful read.
But I simply could not grasp it because of the style it was written in.