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Book Review: The Writer by Cristian Mihai

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Source: Cristian Mihai.net

Plot Summary (Taken from Amazon): Jonathan Fisher is used to being no one in particular. He is such a ghostly character that CCTV cameras won’t record him. The world doesn’t need him and most certainly doesn’t want him. What he doesn’t know is that his life is on the brink of transformation.When his father dies, he realizes one thing. Being invisible isn’t such a great option.

My Review:  One of the best things about this book is its honesty. Jonathan Fisher has the outlook of  a realist, but his worldview isn’t forced on the reader at all. Instead, he just tries to make the reader think about things a little bit. It may make the reader uncomfortable, but it is part of what makes Jonathan a compelling character.

Another part of the honesty that is touching is Jonathan’s many thoughts on writing. Anyone who has struggled with putting words on paper for a living or a hobby will be able to relate.

A few favorite lines are, “Writing is not complicated. It’s all about how much of yourself you’re willing to let the reader see. If you don’t sacrifice a part of your soul, then all you write will feel empty and cold.”

In addition to the honesty, the author’s writing style was enjoyable. In between the main plot of the story are short stories that are written by the character Jonathan Fisher. These short stories felt like parts of a giant quilt.

At first, going back and forth from the main plot to a short story was confusing. After a little while,  they were appreciable and just as entertaining as the main plot.

Furthermore, the author’s creativity with the plot was a pleasant surprise. The short stories mentioned above are a part of it. The other part is reminiscent of classic writer Nathaniel Hawthorne. It provided a nice twist in a seemingly ordinary story.

Overall, this book was amazing. I recommend it to anyone looking for a short yet compelling read and anyone who is a writer.

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Written by Serena Zola

November 16, 2013 at 9:54 PM

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