A Boy Nonetheless

A Boy Nonetheless

by Robert Denis Holewinski


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ISBN-13: 9781532815881
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/25/2016
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

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A Boy Nonetheless 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite A Boy Nonetheless by Robert Denis Holewinski is a collection of poetry that, for me, reads as a continuing memoir. Its starting point brings us to a boy and, by the end, readers come to know a young survivor entering adulthood. What you can expect to find among the pages is a childhood filled with abusive adult “fixtures” that don’t teach, but instead dictate, alienate, and inflict upon a forming mind. You will also find poems that are voiced by varying viewpoints. Threaded through like vines are the physical surroundings, specifically nature, that come through as a salve to the physical treatment. The voice that falls over the poems has a certain tone that is unsettling, but readers will find themselves entranced. Especially in the beginning, it has a quickness of breath and narration that you might expect from a Stephen King novel. I’d like to compare the nature aspect of this collection to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, which has never been too far from my mind. I am reminded of his journey and time spent in the woods while reading A Boy Nonetheless. The special golden line for me in this entire collection is again small, “They were who they had to be,” taken from the poem “Sometime Leaving Home”. I read this line and it hits “home”, which is what writing should do, because it’s all about connecting. And that is what Robert Denis Holewinski’s A Boy Nonetheless does; it connects, speaks and assures us of the strength we possess in times that are less than golden.
theaterofthemind More than 1 year ago
I was given an e-version of A Boy Nonetheless by Robert Denis Holewinski in exchange for a review. A Boy Nonetheless the story of a boys life told in "narrative poem format". I admit I don't know exactly what that means other than it was presented like a poem that didn't rhyme (except for one chapter). So obviously I can't comment with any credibility as to the format. But I can comment on the story itself: it's good. The story of a young boys life told from various views; himself, teachers, friends, etc. It is at times heart breaking, heart warming, irritating, and comforting. It was for me powerfully emotionally evocative. In a few short lines author Holewinski paints a complex picture of a life. As I have stated in other reviews, I don't spend a lot of time looking for the "message" in the books I read, I want to be entertained. I won't try to analyze A Boy Nonetheless from either a literary or psychological perspective. That is your job as the reader. But as I said; it did move me emotionally. I will say I was somewhat surprised at the ending (although I can't really say what I was expecting), but I also can say I could not suggest a better one. A Boy Nonetheless by Robert Denis Holewinski is a short read but a good one. Enjoy! Mike