Title: In This House, We Lived, and We Died
Author: Dave Matthes
Published Date: March 2013
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
“There couldn’t be a verb, an adjective, a noun, a pronoun profound enough to literarily liberate the emotion, the feeling, the thought and power felt below my feet as I turned onto that forested bypass, leaving the city and suburbs of my post-adolescence behind. It was freedom without a flag, pestilence without a cure; both likewise and subverted. And in lighting the spiff held gingerly between my aged, wrinkled and dilapidated lips, my destiny was prolonged only for the better. If the night were thicker, I might cast myself into an ocean of doubt. If my headlights were dimmer I might exalt myself under the most rude of Kings. It seemed that the only obstacle on the start of my journey was merely the wind; backward and pressing it was, as the autumn always presumed it to be. And I felt as though I might be a kite without a string, a hook without bait; yes, the only deceit at my fingertips was the dirt beneath my fingernails. This journey of mine, wherever it took me, would be my last.”
In This House, We Lived, and We Died, is a story about a man, aged and lost, in mind, body, and spirit, whose last quest takes him into the deepest abysses, across the sharpest precipices, and through the darkest abscesses of his soul so that he may collect the shattered and sunken remains of his all-but vanquished memory.
A sort of Spiritual Epic in the same way “What Dreams May Come” inspires to alter life dispositions and in the same way “Fight Club” aspires to inspire with violent psychological psithurism, “In This House, We Lived, and We Died” aims to break all the rules of the literary journey and set a new tone for the world of imagination.
***Contains strong language. Not for young readers***
***Tina #NerdGirlMama’s Review***
I will start by saying that Dave Matthes style of writing is one that I have never seen before and it takes a bit to get use to it. The various fonts, bold, free style, and even upside down writing (that is a little tricky to read on a kindle) add to the story telling and give the characters depth and profound meaning. You must approach this book with an open mind as the Author takes you on this journey through the afterlife of one man with a poetic flare and at times riddles. This book is not a quick read and not one to be skimmed through, it makes you think about life and death and the journey we all take in life and may take in our afterlife. The best way to describe this book for me is as stated in the synopsis and one of my favorite stories “A sort of spiritual epic in the same way that “What Dreams May Come” inspires to alter life’s dispositions”.
The story starts in a modest home and you begin to realize that this is not reality it is the beginning of a journey into the afterlife of this man. The story grabs hold and keeps your attention right away, the author paints a vivid picture with such imagination that the characters jump off the pages and you can picture it; you fascinated with it and you travel to the darkest depths of the abyss right along with this lost old soul of a man. This mystical adventure and he travels to the deepest depths to the highest highs to find his epic love somewhere in his memories and hold on to her on his journey to heaven.
Some may say this is a love story but for me it is so much more, one man’s journey through his mind and memories to find answers and meaning to his life. The journey is full of twist and turns around every corner, with many stories that he must learn from in order to finally understand the why, when, where, and how. I found myself asking did this man have Dementia or Alzheimer’s when he died, or was he just an old man who like all of us who’s memories get forgotten over time or remembered differently than they really were.
I could go on and on about this story, but then there would be nothing left for you to discover. Do not be discouraged if you get in 100 pages or so and start over, as the writing style is extremely different and that makes the story worth reading more than once. I hope I have done this book justice with my review and I give this book 5 star and would give 8 if I could and I hope that you do not pass this one up.
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