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because Paperback – September 14, 2014
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"We find this a skillful, thoughtful and deeply moving novel... and it's an inspiration to anyone who knows someone in this situation, or whose physical life as they knew it has been unexpectedly curtailed. This book is a life lesson from which we will all extract our own, differing, narratives."
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"BECAUSE is a deeply moving, emotionally-powerful tale of intertwined lives, and of finding strength to go on in the face of utter despair. There are multiple stories braided into the main plot, as each of the characters has a voice and a tale of their own. Robert's story, therefore, is reflected in the stories of those he's helped as well as those who want to help him, giving the book a multifaceted perspective and adding deeper emotional and philosophical layers to the plot. This is a heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting book, and there isn't a character who doesn't have a substantial, painful tragedy to wrestle with...
BECAUSE is a book full of both emotional intensity and real philosophical and psychological insight."
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW - Small Press Bookwatch November 2015 Issue
"A deftly crafted novel and an absorbing read from beginning to end, "because" is a compelling and thoroughly entertaining novel that documents author Jack Langedijk's truly exceptional storytelling skills..." - Midwest Book Review
KIRKUS REVIEWS MAGAZINE - August 15, 2015 Issue
"...Langedijk has lots to say about courage, compassion, redemption, and self-worth...
Meditations on some of life's biggest questions as told through some harrowing experiences." - Kirkus Reviews
Amazon.ca Top 100 Reviewer, Charles Dimov
I cannot say enough about Jack Langedijk's book. I just finished reading it - and am feeling completely inspired.
For anyone facing change, a challenge, or hardship - this is a wonderful book to read. It takes you through a tragic part of a remarkable man's life... and looks at his transformation and ability to cope/or not - with the biggest hurdle of his life.
It is a fantastic character development story, with an emotional punch. If you are going through any hardship, or challenge - you will want to read Because. There were emotional moments that gripped you in a pit of despair... with a breakthrough moment that brings you back to that sense of clarity - to see the path forward.
This gripping novel has renewed my own hope in my personal challenges.
If you are looking for an inspiring novel - to get you back on your feet and ready to re-appreciate life... this is the one for you!
I loved every minute of it!
I will be recommending Because to my friends! :-)
From the Author
To all those who may feel alone in their struggles. And to each and every person who takes the time to show them that they are not alone.
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I can also relate to the disability factor and his anger, as I have spent some time in a wheel chair.
Langedux builds great suspense and creates real relationships. Roberto Sanchez is a believable character who flawed like the rest of us. You will find yourself cheering for him at times and pushing him forward other times throughout this novel.
If you have relationships with youth, have a disability or just love a good read, this is a great book to curl up with. A well written first novel and I think we can expect more to come.
SO what is this book about? Roberto Sanchez, 48, married to Monique, 44, with one daughter Jenny, used to love to climb. On his latest and last adventure he took a group of teenagers, that most people had turned their backs on, up Mount Everest. Sadly an avalanche occurred and now Robert as he is mostly called is in a wheelchair having had both of his legs crushed. In fact as the story progresses we learn that both legs had to be amputated.
There are three different scenes going on during most of this book:
1) Robert with either Seema or Monique showing his true feelings and the fact that he is having one big pity party. Robert is down right rude and antagonistic towards others which is the complete opposite to how he used to be. The character of Seema is superb. She is really on Robert's case and does not allow him to get away with much in his attitude etc.
2) Monique as we see her trying to interact with Robert and her thoughts on the accident etc. She keeps up a good outward appearance to her colleagues etc but inside she is really suffering. She has lived with Robert drifting away from her for six months since the accident. She is determined to bring him "back to life" but will her efforts be enough? What is Robert hiding in the bag he carries with him? Why will he let no one touch it? He recently purchased a gun as he told Monique he could no longer protect her physically but is that the real reason?
3) Jenny, Robert and Monique's daughter, has seen her own share of tragedy in her young life with members of the band she sang with killed in an automobile accident. It was her dad that drew her out of her depressions and encouraged her to sing again. Why can't he practice what he "preached"? Now he's sent her his mountain journal that he had always said she would have when he died! What does that mean?
This book is fast paced, keeping you gripped until you get to chapter 24 (49 chapters in all) and then it sadly goes down hill! The author gets sidetracked and we spend an hour, yes an hour, reading one LONG chapter on the life of Troy, one of the kids Robert took climbing with him. Up till this point the chapters have been short and to the point. Due to the situation this chapter has the "F" word on nearly every page. By the time you have finished this, mostly irrelevant, chapter you have nearly forgotten what was happening to the main characters. We are treated to the same kind of stuff in chapters 26, 28 and 31 as we learn about the other teenagers Robert took with him. They are almost novels in themselves and very distracting. A brief summary is all that was needed, if that.
SO if you skip the four chapters above, you really won't miss that much and you will have a great book that is very realistic. Apart from what I mentioned above, the language is mild with things like hell, damn, bloody, God's sake etc but it is not on every page. The book is well written in that the grammar, punctuation etc. are well done so my hat goes off to the author for that. The story has a great ending with many suspense filled moments before hand as you really have no idea how it is all going to work out. You really get to see inside the characters and I can see this book truly helping those who find themselves in a situation like this.
Please note that I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinion expressed above is totally my own and not influenced by the author in any way.
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