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-Dr. John Price, Department of English, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Posted August 8, 2012
This book contains small pieces of great joy that come together in a final product of unexpected insights, movements of consciousness and warm feelings. David Martin’s passion for the written word comes out in his unique voice and in his arrangement of book reviews, insights into great personalities, and stories of teaching that, like precious gems, pock this literary achievement. Little Birds with Broken Wings shows us examples of little birds in our daily lives that need nurturing and examining and reminds us that the smaller things in life, these little birds, are the things that count.
Arranged in a way to make the reader experience words like a well-put together art exhibit, the work can be read straight through or else picked up from time to time and read at random, sure to give the reader new insight every time. Martin’s teaching experience as well as his love of life encourages readers to be both conscientious and “open-hearted” at once. The book contains short book reviews, stories of teaching, stories of childhood, personal poetry, insights into historical figures, and anecdotes about the written word, all containing Martin’s unique and fresh perspective on them.
This book is a great read for any aspiring writer. There are many carefully chosen lessons to be had about good writing while reading this book. Also, when one has finished it, it gives one a broader, big-picture sense about what writing can really mean both collectively and to the individual. Each writer is unique in their own way, and consequentially, this book has a little something for every kind of writer.
This book is also a great read for those just interested in gaining insight into daily life. Easy to read and filled with meaning, these writings are approachable and emotionally satisfying.
Writer or no, one will appreciate what writing can bring to life after reading this book.