We would like to welcome in this post, the publication of a book written by a friend. A novel, but not a common one. Indeed, usually a writer directs the writing to a hypothetical reading public, and it imagines to speak directly to someone. And this could be a limiting thing.
The author, here, seems to speak to himself, charting a balance of his life experience. It’s a work of introspection – a deep and analytical introspection, in which the author asks himself some questions and formulates non- conventional answers drawing them from his own experience.
Greg transfers this aim onto the main character of the novel, Petah, a man that, quoting the author, “finally decides to take off on his own for a time…and listen to himself…his Inner Voice.”
Petah decides to sail the ocean to find himself, and through this voyage, he gradually begins to realize who and what he is, in his core, in his own essence, something that he may have foreseen throughout his life, and that he realizes something concrete only while creating a gap from the life circumstances that denied this realization.
Indeed, ocean is Greg’s natural element and Petah seems to be the alter ego of this author.
What arises from the reading of this book is a whole of uncommon “cross-sections” of insightful ideas, and perceptions, which is a result of a deep and long introspection. This is a particular way of pondering which links the mind and heart with the intention to describe what lies deep in his own essence.
Through the deep perception of himself, he surely succeeds in communicating something, and what arises is an original, non- conventional way of experiencing life, facing the problems of our existence with lucid determination.
The story is followed and completed by the beautiful and deep illustrations of Katherine Gerardi- a nice interaction of written and pictorial language.
I’ll stop here, and let you know what Greg and Katherine say through the “Path of Three Hundred”.