Trajan's Arch

Trajan's Arch

by Michael Williams
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Trajan's Arch 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Bogey_Newman73 More than 1 year ago
The brief plot synopsis does not do this novel justice. On the surface, Trajan's Arch is about an author struggling with his past. It is told in a series of letters, fiction, and even clinical studies! One might think the narrative is hard to follow, but it's really not. It is seemless, giving the story a dream-like quality. Williams does an oustanding job of capturing both the external and internal frustrations of Gabriel as he tries to create a masterpiece. One of the strong points of the tale is that it takes on a mythic quality; the characters have a kind of shared, eternal experience that plays out in their lives as well as their fiction. Sometimes events blend together so seemlessly that the fantasy and reality seem one and the same. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the creative process, especially those who have been published or DREAM of being published. Also, those interested in a good read that will make you think long after you have finished the book should check out Trajan's Arch. TWO THUMBS UP!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never read anything by this author before, but I'm certain I will now. This short story is nothing short of magnificent in its layers and its subtleties. I had to read it over several times to be able to finally understand what happened and why in this tale of fakery, infidelity, and what the character Sybil would certainly have called forbidden fornication. This short story is the kind that makes the casual reader scratch her head and say, "I don't get it." But the reader approaches a story like this with a zest for ferreting out hidden meaning and delicious insinuation will absolutely LOVE this piece. I was an English teacher for too many years. Smile. All I can think of is how much fun it would be to read and then explore this tale with a classful of young minds. I would highly recommend a reading of this to a particularly insightful book club. What an evening of supposition this would engender! This story of a young actress who marries far above her station and then, bored and disappointed in her husband's eventual lack of interest, turns to faking ouji board and automatic writing messages more than lives up to the layering of truths that its casual references to Shakespeare's fascination with masques and assumed identities and later its direct comments on different perspectives on reality might lead one to expect of it. This is a tale that somehow reminds me of Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants": what one thinks is happening and what is really happening are two (or three or four) very different things indeed, and that's what makes it such a succulent morsel for the thinking reader!
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