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Faren Miller...[H]alf the pieces of fiction were inspired by paintings included here, and half the paintings wre sparked by the fiction....not...for readers with set ideas about genre boundaries...
Posted May 16, 2000
'The Alchamy of Love' by Elizabeth Engstrom and Alan M. Clark is a fascinating volume of stories accompanied by intriguing art work that together, you can never quite stop thinking about it. They blend fantasy and reality in such a way that sometimes you're not sure when and where imagination has taken over from rational thinking. In this book the written word intertwines with the visual picture so intimately you feel you know one by examining the other. It caused me to re-visit and re-examine my definition of love on every level. It is more than an easy joy ride of a read with amazing illustrations. Although it is that, it is also like visiting a work of art that allows you to be swollowed up whole and participate in its essence. And what a trip it is. Definitely not Kansas. Not unless you consider the wicked witch of the west to be within each of us to some degree. And perhaps she is. And perhaps love and hate, hope and despair, are never further apart than our minds perception of what power these emotions hold over us. Each story and work of art suggests exactly that. I have added depth to my reality of what love is - might be - can do - and all because of these two artists who weave their tales much like a spider spins its web. These stories and works of art are interesting, intricate in design and sometimes even deadly. In several of them I am left feeling like the fly who is caught, sucked in, left stunned. I like that feeling. It isn't one you are likely to forget. 'The Alchemy of Love' isn't a book you are likely to forget either. It will change and transform you as only truly great artistry can.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.