The Leaf Catcher: The Traveling Box Trilogy

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Virgil, Homer, Dante, these are some of the names that come to mind when asked who were the great writers of epic poetry of their time. Now America has an epic poet of their own, Dax Tucker, who has made available this classic form of literature in a way that both inspires and enriches us while speaking to us in the language of our time.
The book begins with a challenge: Can you go just one day without thinking a negative thought? To aid you in meeting this challenge you are ...
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Overview

Virgil, Homer, Dante, these are some of the names that come to mind when asked who were the great writers of epic poetry of their time. Now America has an epic poet of their own, Dax Tucker, who has made available this classic form of literature in a way that both inspires and enriches us while speaking to us in the language of our time.
The book begins with a challenge: Can you go just one day without thinking a negative thought? To aid you in meeting this challenge you are transported to a late 16th century European village where you will meet Corliss Leafcatcher, the humble village gardener, and his son, Maddox, who aspires to be more than just a gardener like his father. It isn't until he watches his father endure the mayhem wreaked upon him by the insanely jealous Prince Gavin that he learns to treasure the wisdom his father earns with blood, sweat and tears. For though Corliss is but a commoner, he is also married to one of the most beautiful women in the kingdom, Claire, and Gavin devises every insidious means to try and break them apart. However, eventually Gavin's desire for Claire is replaced by an even stronger desire to break this man who has attained something he never could-happiness in the face of all odds.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781463561406
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/27/2011
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Eagerly Awaiting Volume 2

    It's a good thing that Dax Tucker's epic poem can easily be read in one sitting because you will find it hard to put down once you get started. The story of Corliss, the leaf catcher, is timeless in how good triumphs evil even when evil does not discriminate over its prey. It is timeless in its exploration of human reaction to unfair events and how attitude strongly shapes your disposition to these events. It is timeless in how any parent would want to pass on the most important virtues to their children. Tucker's story and lessons resonate deeply in our parental bones and remind us to embrace and teach what is truly important in terms of family and relationships. Especially amusing is the alphabetical recitation during Corliss' bedtime reading with his daughter. Tucker uses clever witty word play with each letter of the alphabet. My son particularly enjoyed the chess allegories throughout the story. It is evident that Tucker himself has a keen and sharp mind for the game of chess. We look forward to reading the next volume in the trilogy.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

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    Beautiful - the most inspiring book I have read!

    This has to be one of the most inspiring books I have read in a long long time, This book tells the story of a father Corliss who is a leaf catcher for his King - Corliss is full of wisdom and it is this he shares with his son through out the story in the most profound and beautiful way - this writer has a talent that as far as I am concerned is likened to Shakespear and the like. The author uses the most beautiful words and descriptions. Corliss trys to show his son that riches do not come in the form of money - riches come in the form of the most precious things of all your family your children, love, kindness etc. Dax Tucker is an author to watch out for in the future. This book should be on the best seller list. This book will remain close by me always so I can refer to it from time to time. Captivating, beautifully written - a book everyone should read.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    An enchanting read!

    The opening setting of Dax Tucker's epic poem is the enchanted garden of a king of Renaissance times, where the hero, Corliss, plies his humble trade as "leaf catcher." There, the wise and love-able Corliss digs the fertile earth, planting seeds and tending them to create his paradise-on-earth. "Every blade of grass an exquisite green, the king would often stroll through its pathways contemplating in its beauty serene. In marble fountains bathed song birds and jays; bees and hummingbirds floated through the air milking the flowers with colors ablaze." The garden sets the stage for a classic epic tale of universal import, whose focus and purpose is to highlight the importance of family and the crucial role of father. Corliss shares his simple-yet-idyllic life as gardener with his beautiful wife, Claire, and his two children: a youngster, Hope, and her older adolescent brother, Maddox, who is the main focus of the wisdom-lessons in the book. "From prehistoric times on lands frozen, teaching how to keep warm and hunt for food, to biblical shepherd lands of Goshen, showing how a lost lamb should be rescued, unto the present time and that to come, wisdom of fathers to sons is imbued... ...and now sit back and read at your leisure of a father who'll take such a measure...." But all is not well in this garden, and Corliss encounters his share of terror, torture, and tragedy, the miserable lot of all too many people on earth, in past times and present. And though the tale is written in the elevated form of epic poetry, it possesses a kind of fairy-tale quality, complete with unbreakable hero, wicked prince, fickle king, beautiful maidens, bumbling courtiers, and even a touch of magic. This fairy-tale quality is, to me, the most appealing aspect of the book. It draws you in and awakens your sense of wonder, rousing childhood feelings of the infinite potential of the world and your own dormant possibilities of self-realization. As for the end of the book, without giving anything away, I can tell you that the hero, Corliss, attains his ultimate purpose, that is, the passage of wisdom from father to son: "Hearing these words Maddox relaxed his fists; wisdom flowed like water over a cliff, and he stood below awash in its mists." Having read this book, I can attest that we, the reader, too can benefit from the waters of wisdom present in its verses. If only more of us, like Maddox, could replace the destructive hatred that at times courses through our veins with the cooling wisdom of acceptance. As the quoted verses above attest, the author does an outstanding job of mixing the ancient medium of epic poetry with the modern living language of English. Use of this literary form adds to the power of the work by giving it a sense of timelessness, bringing with it a promise of revelation of ancient wisdom. One note on this topic: since epic poetry has a tradition of repetition in oral form, it might be very interesting to hear The Leaf Catcher recited aloud at some point in future. I highly recommend this book as an engrossing read with a powerful and timeless message.

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    Posted November 5, 2011

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