Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Journey by Dan O'Brien

The Frozen Man. The Translucent Man. The Burning Man. The Wicker Man. The guide known only as the Crossroads, together these are the signposts and totems of the world that the being called the Lonely inhabits. Seeking out the meaning of his journey, the Lonely is a being consumed by philosophical inquiry and adventure. Filled with exotic places and age-old questions, the Journey is a book that seeks to merge the fantastical and real. Join the Lonely as he seeks out answers to his own existence and perhaps the meaning for us all.

The Journey is unlike any book I've ever read.  The main character is called the Lonely.  He doesn't know if he is alive, if he is dead or what his purpose is.  He begins a journey to learn his purpose and to find peace.  He wants to know his name and why he exists.  His journey begins at the crossroads, and the constantly changes it's appearance.

His journey takes him to the North, East, South and West.  At each place, he learns the answers to his questions or what he learns takes him to the next stop on his journey.  Each superior being at each point answers questions with questions, that at times, could get confusing.  But if you can follow the logic and philosophy, it's really entertaining and page-turning.  Walk with the Lonely on his journey! Filled with beautiful imagery, interesting characters and seamless writing, The Journey is a written treat!

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The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?" and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.

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