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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    The Pains of April by Frank Turner Hollon is the hardest thing I

    The Pains of April by Frank Turner Hollon is the hardest thing I have ever had to describe in my entire life. Regardless of the fact that this book seems as though it was written by the weathered hands of a 150 year old man, Hollon was 26 years old when he wrote it. Written in first person point of view, it is tremendously poetic and almost philosophical.
    The book does not really have a storyline, nor any plot twist. It is basically made up of a very insightful, inquisitive old man’s thoughts and memories, yet it is all stitched together so stunningly. It is a short book (only 100 pages) still it has had a great amount of influence on me. After reading this novel, I could not read another for 1 month because all I could think about was The Pains of April. It matured me. These 100 pages of an average old man’s thoughts on his life were enough to make me significantly mature mentally.
    His imagery is superb. At times I found myself having to put the book down because all I saw in my mind were the infinite paintings inspired by this book. Hollon’s form of writing is slightly peculiar and he has a unique way of putting a book together. It is as though authors are knitters and all of them knitted in the same manner (writing), had the same supplies (pen and paper), and knitted the same thing: a gray sock (novels). Then Frank Turner Hollon would be that ingenious knitter who found an odd new way of knitting his red mittens. This author understands style (something I have rarely found).
    I have just found so much in these 100 beautifully formed pages. This novel has depthened my thoughts in many ways and I completely recommend it. “Even at the end of April there are so many things to learn.”

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