Monday, October 31, 2011

Book Review: The Opposite of Art

A great artist is cast into the icy Harlem River by a hit-and-run driver. His heart stops, and he sees something that defies description. Presumed dead by all who knew him and obsessed with the desire to paint the inexpressible, he embarks on a pilgrimage to seek help from holy men around the globe. But is it possible to see eternity without becoming lost within it? After a quarter of a century, when the world begins to whisper that he may be alive, two people come looking for the artist: the daughter he never knew existed and the murderer who hit him on the bridge all those years ago.


Athol Dickson is the publisher of the popular news website,, and the author of seven novels and the bestselling memoir, The Gospel according to Moses. His novels of suspense and magical realism have been honored with three Christy Awards and an Audie Award, and compared to the work of Octavia Butler (by Publisher's Weekly) and Flannery O'Connor (by The New York Times). He and his wife live in Southern California.

This is a very strange book, I couldn't quite wrap my head around it. I thought that the quest of Ridler was quite interesting and kept wondering how such a search could cause him to find what he was looking for when it seemed as though what he had seen was what we so often find described when someone dies.  But maybe that was the entire thought of the Author and it was a quest to find God, just from a very interesting perspective.

I felt rather sorry for the daughter Ridler never knew he had, as well as his lover who thought him dead, but did she really?  The murderer also had some interesting ties to Ridler, his lover and his daughter.  This is a book you need to spend some time on so you can think it all through, and I'm going to read it again just to be certain I haven't missed anything.  A very interesting book!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Glass Road Publications


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