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I sat down, cleared my mind, and The Far Out Café blew it apart. It's a really great story and it's told in such a surreal way, it messes with your head so much, delightfully so, but what really caught me is the sense of magic and mysticism that is woven into the story. A huge story that has roots in an even greater and deeper meaning. The spiritual clashed against the brutality of men is incredibly powerful. Good to finally be challenged by a modern book that gives the mind a great workout. In film terms, very Stanley Kubrick.
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Posted September 3, 2012
Daniel was a soldier in the Vietnam war. Once he is shipped to Vietnam he learns that the War isn't anything like the people back home believe. It's a mission with no real reason or cause. Men sent to their death more than Daniel had ever dreamed. Scared but following orders, Daniel ends up on an island. He's not sure where he is or why he is there. The soldiers practice of taking the dog tags of fallen soldiers as their own or to keep in reserve, confuses the enemy but it can also cause issues for the soldier wearing them. Kill or be killed is the mentality of these men. Daniel, however, has the misfortune of being found on the island by the enemy. They torture him in unimaginable ways to gain information. One is his name. They don't believe the dog tags, even though the name is Daniel. They aren't his, but the first name is the same. Eventually Daniel ends up with one of the women of the island and must deal with the demons that come to those who face war head-on.
As a person with numerous family members having fought in numerous wars, I've seen what the demons can do to their mind. This is a very accurate portrayal of those demons. The descriptions of the war, the way the soldiers act and react and what they must contend with after are all extremely graphic and accurate. I base those statements on stories told by family members over the years and living with a Vietnam Vet who hid the fact until found out. The character, Daniel is more the every soldier. He begins his tour with high hopes and thoughts of making a difference, and ends them just wanting to survive and get home. I found this book to be compelling reading. Though graphic, you'll want to keep reading until you have the answers to all your questions and there will be questions. This is one to be put in the TBR pile near the top.
I didn't find issues with this one.
I gave this one 5 books out of 5 because it gave truth and life to a War forgotten. Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
Posted June 13, 2012
Amazing!!! I loved every single thing about this book. THE FAR OUT CAFÉ by Stuart Chambers. Daniel and Beth, is a truly moving and shining love story, one that held me from the very first pages. I have to say that I wasn’t 100% sure about reading this book, there were a couple of things on the cover that lead me to believe that this book might not be for me, but page one intrigued me and by page three I was hooked. It’s not really a book about war, though war is there and written richly and as such in places very gory, but part one (Which deals more with war) is way shorter than part two and I think the war is really a way for the author to show his audience how the main character Daniel could emerge from the very worst kind of hell and find paradise. What surprised me and delighted in equal measure is that this is such a warm and simple story about two people with bad pasts who find a uniquely beautiful future on a very mystical Robinson-Crusoe style island. The parallels, the contrasts are all there but what I really liked most are the main characters, they are strong and real and down to earth and believable; in fact everything that is true and just and right in life is in this book. I carry the experience of this wonderful book where ever I go because I read allot and can honestly say that this book moved me; I have never read anything like this before. I would highly recommend THE FAR OUT CAFE to all readers who enjoy a really unique story and come away from a terrific read slightly breathless and with an even greater love and understanding of what it means to be human. AuraWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.