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The Frozen Man. The Translucent Man. The Burning Man. The Wicker Man. The guide known only as the Crossroads, together these are the signposts and totems of the world that the being called the Lonely inhabits. Seeking out the meaning of his journey, the Lonely is a being consumed by philosophical inquiry and adventure. Filled with exotic places and age-old questions, the Journey is a book that seeks to merge the fantastical and real. Join the Lonely as he seeks out answers to his own existence and perhaps the ...
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The Frozen Man. The Translucent Man. The Burning Man. The Wicker Man. The guide known only as the Crossroads, together these are the signposts and totems of the world that the being called the Lonely inhabits. Seeking out the meaning of his journey, the Lonely is a being consumed by philosophical inquiry and adventure. Filled with exotic places and age-old questions, the Journey is a book that seeks to merge the fantastical and real. Join the Lonely as he seeks out answers to his own existence and perhaps the meaning for us all.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781467971188
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/16/2012
  • Pages: 142
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

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    Lyrically haunting prose follows the travels of The Lonely in Da

    Lyrically haunting prose follows the travels of The Lonely in Dan O'Brien's novella, The Journey, a tale of metaphysical unrealities, ethical conundrums, and mystery, set at the crossroads of an unknown world. "To dream is a state in which there are concurrently literal and figurative meanings," declares one of the Lonely's mentors, to which the protagonist replies, "This must be a dream." But perhaps it's more. Where is truth in the subjectivity of unfair judgments? Where is honesty in unbiased mistake? And where is purpose when the traveler returns each time to his beginning?

    "You have traveled... [f]arther than any being who sought answers has," says the Chameleon, and readers travel with the Lonely, pondering queries, observing mystery, and questioning an easy lifestyle that allows the ills of the world to go unchallenged. Dan O'Brien's novella encompasses much in its curious journey, from death to climate change and beyond, all told in a smoothly musical voice that reminds this reader of Calvin Miller's The Singer trilogy, though its conclusions, if conclusions they are, are different and remain more obscure and personal.

    Disclosure: I learned when this was free and bought a free ecopy.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    In The Journey, author Dan O┬┐Brien takes us on a spiritual journ

    In The Journey, author Dan O’Brien takes us on a spiritual journey. Our
    main character is a soul who’s lost his name as he reached The
    Crossroads, and is referred to as “The Lonely” for a large part of this
    book. The Lonely doesn’t know where he is or why he’s here, and neither
    do the readers. I liked this confusion, this sense of not actually being
    anywhere, but I imagine not everyone will like it as much. Not only does
    The Lonely have no idea who he is, where he’s from, or where he’s at,
    but neither do the readers. As The Lonely embarks on his spiritual
    journey to rediscover who he truly is, he must ask the help of spiritual
    beings. The first of them is The Frozen Man, then comes The Burning Man
    and next up is The Wicker Man. These beings, which aren’t exactly Gods,
    but more like spirits or things that just are, I suppose, give The
    Lonely glimpses of ideas, and it’s up to The Lonely to analyze them. In
    reconstructing the ideas, he slowly reconstructs himself, his own
    memories and who he once was. I recommend to throw all your
    conventional ideas about books, how books should be written, and so on,
    out of the window before starting on The Journey. Think of it as a
    less-dark journey like in Dante’s Inferno. There are no real fleshed-out
    characters, but more like prototypes of characters. The Frozen Man, The
    Burning Man and The Wicker Man are more like ideas, notions, rather than
    actual characters. Even the main character, The Lonely, is so generic at
    first it could be anyone, which makes it easy for the reader to see
    themselves as The Lonely and the main character of this journey. The
    plot itself isn’t really there as well. There is a plot of sorts: The
    Lonely needs to figure out who he is, and to do so he meets with
    metaphysical characters who provide him with ideas, and a guide at The
    Crossroads who points him in the right direction. But that’s as far as
    the plot goes. This book isn’t plot-driven, instead the plot just flows,
    like paint brushes on a painting. The Lonely interacts with divine
    beings (fine, they’re not Gods, but they’re all-knowing, so I’d call
    them divine regardless), but instead of replying, they answer questions
    with questions. This reminded me of the philosophical teachings of
    Socrates, who was known to teach through questioning. What is unique
    and thought-provoking about The Journey is that it asks philosophical
    questions and provides us with answers, but does so in a unique way.
    This book explained things totally different from what I’m used to hear,
    and fortunately, it was a lot easier to understand this way. In simple
    logics, the book introduces us to basic philosophical principles, and
    makes the reader ponder about life, death and the reason why we exist,
    if any. What I did feel was lacking in the book was a drive, a point, a
    climax. I loved the ending, but sometimes the middle lacked direction.
    This vibe fitted the atmosphere of the book, but made me feel more
    confused than I’d liked to. Dante’s Inferno gave me plenty to think
    about as well, but on top of that, it provided a straight-forward,
    continuous journey that went in one direction, not several. I struggled
    to get through the beginning of this book, partly because it was so
    strange at first. Once I delved deeper into the novel, I began to
    understand what the author was trying to do and started enjoying it, but
    it was hard at first to adapt to the atmosphere and setting of this
    book. If you’re looking for a fun, enjoyable, easy read, then The
    Journey isn’t what you’re looking for. However, if you’re looking to ask
    yourself a few questions, and read a new take about the meaning of life
    and philosophy without being preached to, then The Journey is a read
    you’ll definitely enjoy.

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