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When the Spirit moves you....
Yellow signs are suggestions, white signs are rules masquerading as laws, but true laws, eternal laws, can't be broken.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Novels of the spiritual quest have come a long way in the past few years, but maybe none will take the reader quite as far as Jay Archer David's ROAD SIGNS.
Subtitled, A Book of Practical Magic, there is indeed a magic in these pages, but it's by no means a light read. Nevertheless, it's always provocative, strangely compelling and not easily forgotten.
The story of one man's adventure into the wilderness, the protagonist, David, claims an un-earned holiday and hits the road. Part rebellion, part escape, his travels appear to be without purpose. But like any seeker, David is on a quest for meaning.
His attempts to throw off the constraints of an ordinary life will lead him not just to a confrontation with the Self, but with the ultimately spiritual nature of reality as whole. They say there are no accidents, and the author perfectly transposes the beautiful, dispassionate and unforgiving landscape of Sonoran desert as the backdrop for a journey that will take him into his past, to his future and back to the truth of the present he sought so desperately to avoid.
Jay Archer David has written a complex and intriguing novel. His authentic grasp of symbol is sure to resonate as the revelations build and the roads lead always to the same destination. But symbolism is only part of what makes this novel effective. Even a masterful allegory can fail if those larger truths aren't somehow brought home. Jay Archer David manages to avoid the pitfalls of a great deal of so-called spiritual fiction in that he maintains a deeply compassionate focus on his character.
While David's journey is intensely personal it is that same compassion, insight and hope for the human condition with both its limitations and limitless potential, that transforms this story of an ordinary life into an extraordinary reading experience.