Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rick's Place by Jason Akley

Rick's PlaceRick's Place by Jason Akley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rick's Place by Jason Akley is a meandering story, a stream of consciousness that encompasses the whole book. Akley has a way of making his characters seem so real, you can almost touch them. It takes a while to get into this book; the writing is heavy with long sentences that go off into different directions. With a little patience though, the reader is rewarded with the poetry of language and the level of story-writing that is quite rare. An experimental book, Rick's Place captures the essence of so many bars and dives, divulging the mystery behind them, if only we take a risk, take a look inside. The everyday, mundane thoughts and activities; the simple act of sitting on a barstool and telling jokes, that no one hears, no one cares about, these things rise to the level of beauty. Akley is able to disseminate and advance the theory that in the ordinary lies a bit of wonder. Prepare to be mesmerized and entertained when you delve into this highly recommended book.

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