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Posted September 12, 2003
I have been enjoying all three books by this author. Some of the best writing in these times. Alice Sebold had it right. This man can write.Couldn't put the book down. No wonder the reviews so far are so great.O Magazine, New Yorker, etc. As one newspaper review stated that if you haven't heard of Brian Morton thus far, you will.
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Posted April 14, 2010
The author, Brian Morton, is an exceptional and gifted storyteller. With his descriptions and dialogue, I felt the connection between Isaac and Nora, the estranged pair who drifted apart years ago and have now crossed paths once again. In fact, I often wondered why they ever broke up in the first place.
The book's central theme is about taking chances and jumpstarting your life, whether it be with your lovelife, your career, or what-have-you. Nora attempts to do just that by stepping out of her comfort zone. She lifts the weights and burdens of her life to allow herself to begin exploring her writing and revitalizing her personal life. "You have to be the heroine of your own life," says Nora. Along the way, she answers a lot of questions about herself. Some reviewers felt that Nora was selfish; however, I never felt that way towards her reading the book. She was just stuck. In a rut. And wanted to get out. Often, though, she didn't know how. So she tried to please everyone else by remaining stagnant. And she wasn't happy or fulfilled. If pulling yourself out of a slump is selfish, then perhaps we should all be selfish once in awhile. It's the best thing one can do for oneself.
The central story and its observations are not insightful, per se, but they are extremely accurate and hit close to home. When describing a break-up, Morton says, "When you tell someone you're leaving him, he'll ask why, and then you'll have to give your reasons, and then he'll dispute them...and the two of you will debate whether your reasons for leaving are good enough, when all along what you really want to say is simply, 'I don't love you anymore. I'm not happy.'" Is that selfish? No. In fact, it's the most honest thing someone could say to you, even if you don't want to believe it at the time. And believe me, I know! You hate to admit it, but it's true. The person doesn't hate you. They just don't love you anymore. For them to keep kidding themselves would do nothing but hurt you both. The debate is pointless.
Anyone who feels like their career is in neutral can sympathize with Nora's lack of drive in her career. "I am still writing. But I'm not going anywhere. I've been working on things I don't care about and avoiding things I do. And I'm turning thirty-five this year. I feel like I'm too old. I feel like I'm finished." As the old saying goes, "It's never too late to teach and old dog new tricks." So get out there and do it! Morton teaches a valuable lesson.
Morton also offers some valuable insight to aspiring writers: "...if you want to be a writer, the most important piece of equipment you need is the ability to be alone--to spend your best hours by yourself at the keyboard." (And, of course, the people in your life should be understanding of that need as well.)
Whether he's writing about romance, love, the connections between people, or the thoughts that go through the minds of writers, Morton is dead-on. Anyone who's ever lost a love, questioned a break-up, or felt like they were in a dead end career will enjoy A WINDOW ACROSS THE RIVER.
Posted December 19, 2004
Brian Morton's 'A Window Across the River,' was one of those books you didn't want to end. He has such a talent for detail. Bravo for writing from a female perspective with such clarity and truth.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2004
Nora and Isaac are a curious pair of artists in love, out of love, and in love of truth, in capturing it in word and in image. 'A Window Across the River' is a powerful story of love and of art, which makes for a fascinating marriage. And missing my hometown of New York, I especially liked the setting. Morton does an exceptional job capturing its heart as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 20, 2008
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