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The Illumination

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2011

    Can't stop thinking about it!

    Heard a review for this on NPR and purchased that night. Amazing story telling, fabulous writing and a plot I can't stop thinking - or talking - about. A must read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

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    Character driven, readers will appreciate the Illumination into the collective soul of mankind

    One night just like any other suddenly The Illumination miraculously occurs as any wound on any person suddenly shines with a glow. The light shows how battered and bruised humanity truly is; as no one remains illuminated-free. During the beginning of The Illumination, Carol Ann is in the hospital due to a sliced off thumb. During anesthesia she bites her inner mouth adding a second injury. After surgery she shares a room with Patricia who along with her husband Jason were in a car accident due to ice. Patricia gives Carol Ann a book of love poems Jason wrote to his spouse. The woman assumes her husband is dead so she gives the book to Carol Ann before she dies.

    Jason wants to see Carol Ann. Soon afterward battered child Chuck Carter breaks into Jason's home and steals his journal of love. He passes the journal to evangelist Ryan Shifrin who wonders about humanity's mental and physical sufferings under a benign God. The love tome soon passes on to Nina Poggione.

    This is a powerful tale that focuses on humanity's pain and suffering yet with a glimmer of hope as Kevin Brockmeier uses six degrees of separation to make a case that mankind is always tied together with one another even if it is for evanescent moments. The key to this tale that in some ways reads more like a short story collection as the focus shifts to the current book bearer is that the six prime stars seem real as each suffers from mental and physical injuries yet like The Illumination, Jason's book of love shines through tying each to one another. Character driven, readers will appreciate the Illumination into the collective soul of mankind.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2011

    Good Book, but...

    I enjoyed this book a lot, but felt that the author failed to "wrap it up" at the end. It was like reading a mystery and you are left to draw your own conclusions. It's pretty hard to do when you are confronted with something unknown to present mankind. The Illumination effect caught my interest right away. As I read how it played out in character-after-character's life, I wanted to hear the author's take on how this here-to-fore unimaginable anomaly (at least for me) affected the society. He never did this (in my opinion) so while the concept was interesting, he didn't reveal how it affected the society...unless it didn't, in which case the book was a bust as far as I am concerned.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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