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  • Posted September 14, 2013

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    If you are looking for a read that is full of plot twists and tu

    If you are looking for a read that is full of plot twists and turns, feel good characters and a happy ending, then you would be well advised to give this tragic book a miss.  If you are prepared to dive into its pages, you may be surprised at the emotions it evokes in you.

    Without revealing spoilers, this novel is a journey into hell via the grief and anguish of one man.  We see how this duo enables his year-long addiction to alcohol and drugs, alienates those he loves and are trying to support him, and generally takes him on a downward spiral few of us could imagine going on. This novel takes the reader to the brink of the character’s madness, as we are trapped inside his head during his periods of hallucinations and flashbacks while he struggles unsuccessfully to come to grips with the destroying loss he has suffered.

    To pull no punches, this is a grim and almost depressing book, but the Author has written it beautifully and with great assurance; bringing to the page something that needs to be read to understand that we, although of the same species, do not cope with grief in the same way.  The book is written in the first person narrative, and this style is  very effective in making this novel believable as we drift with the main protagonist further from his hold on reality.

    I did find in some places that the book was a little disjointed and rambling, whether or not this was intentional on the part of the Author to play into the whole mind of the main character I don’t know, but it was a little distracting at times and pulled away some of my enjoyment in this read.  Also, not being a voyeur, I found this book to give me an uncomfortable feeling as if I were intruding in a place I really should not have been, and this again detracted from my enjoyment.  The unending flow of misery and isolation really began to pull me down in the end, and I was relieved when I finally turned the last page and was able to set this aside.

    Although the book was definitely not for me, I gave it a three thumbs rating because of the way in which it is written.  It is rich in prose and the visual landscapes of settings and emotions the reader encounters as they ‘journey’ through the book, were written in such a way as to demonstrate the command of the pen this Author appears to have.

    If you enjoy reading about another’s pain, be it self-induced or inflicted on them by forces beyond their control, this is probably a read you would enjoy, other than those in this area I really couldn’t recommend this novel to readers of any one particular genre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2013

    From the opening lines of the book Enon, "Most men in my fa

    From the opening lines of the book Enon, "Most men in my family make widows of their wives and orphans their children. I am the exception,"
    the reader realizes they are joining the protagonist, Charlie Crosby, on a difficult path to find understanding and peace amidst tragedy.
    As I began of the book, I was taken back to my first reading of The Stranger, where Albert Camus's protagonist delivers news of his mother's death with terse prose that does not include judgement or emotion. Charlie shares simple statements of his daughter Kate's death that reflect his shock and his need to keep his emotions at bay. Though he does his best to escape his emotions, Charlie finds them unbridled at the subconscious level and he visits with Kate in his dreams. 
    Throughout the story, Charlie has difficulty grasping the reality of his loss, and through this trying process tries escape his own thoughts. In the background we see the dissolution of his doomed marriage as he is overwhelmed with his need to examine his own life and its meaning. 
    Charlie's life unravels during his difficult intrapersonal journey. Charlie reflects on the experiences of his past, who he is and where he came from in his struggle for inner peace. His reflections move in time between his youth and his past with Kate. 
    The title of the book Enon is a reference to AEnon of the bible where John the Baptist performed his baptisms. Reading this story of Charlie and the difficulties that he wrestles with, we are hoping that he can find life anew from the healing waters of the Enon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2014

    As light hearted and bemusing as a self inflictedgunshot wound

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    This book is like reliving that summer before you started antidepressants and everyone in your life knew you were depressed but you thought you just needed some comfort food and to re up on bath and body works.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Powerful writing

    Intense descriptions of psychological tangents by a suffering addict.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Ove or obessiin Love or obsession

    Love Mr. Harding's descriptive abilities.
    I can actually feel the New England fog at dawn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Beautiful book touchingly written about the grief and pain a parent suffers with the loss of a child+

    Paul Harding captures the intense grief of a parent whose child is killed. He honestly conveys the pain of a parent in this situation and the difficulty of finding a way to go on. He is a beautiful writer and this, like Tinkers, is an outstanding book that I would highly recommend.

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

    What a sad, sad book. Having lost a much older child in a tragi

    What a sad, sad book. Having lost a much older child in a tragic accident, I could identify with Charlie’s loss, pain, and lack of will to continue living. However, unlike Charlie, I had the love and support of my husband, other children, family, and friends. This is a heart-wrenching story about poor Charlie, who makes his daughter, Kate, his life. When she is killed, he has no boundaries; no job; no apparent friends; his wife leaves him; he has nothing left to define his life; turns to drugs and alcohol; and, “lives” in the past and dreams. Many times, I was hoping in the next chapter that Charlie would finally reach the depths of his despair and pull himself back together. A sad, sad tale.

    I received a free copy of Enon through Goodreads First Reads.

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