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The Illusion of Separateness

A Novel
Van Booy, Simon (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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In The Illusion of Separateness, award-winning author Simon Van Booy tells a harrowing and enchanting story of how one man's act of mercy during World War II changed the lives of strangers, and how they each discover the astonishing truth of their connection. Whether they are pursued by Nazi soldiers, old age, shame, deformity, disease, or regret, the characters in this utterly compelling novel discover in their, darkest moments of fear and isolation that they are not alone, that they were never alone, that every human being is a link in an unseen chain.
Authors: Van Booy, Simon
Title: The illusion of separateness
a novel
Publisher: New York, NY :, Harper,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 211 pages ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Simon Van Booy
Summary: In The Illusion of Separateness, award-winning author Simon Van Booy tells a harrowing and enchanting story of how one man's act of mercy during World War II changed the lives of strangers, and how they each discover the astonishing truth of their connection. Whether they are pursued by Nazi soldiers, old age, shame, deformity, disease, or regret, the characters in this utterly compelling novel discover in their, darkest moments of fear and isolation that they are not alone, that they were never alone, that every human being is a link in an unseen chain.
ISBN: 9780062112248
0062112244
Branch Call Number: FICTION VANBOOY 2013
Subject Headings: Memory Fiction World War, 1939-1945 Fiction
Topical Term: Memory
World War, 1939-1945
LCCN: 2012031842
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Pennie Clark Ianniciello, Costco's book buyer, has chosen The Illusion of Separateness: A Novel by Simon Van Booy as her pick of the month for August 2014.

Mar 02, 2014
  • TulsaTimeTraveler rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you are feeling a disconnect and need a reminder that we're all in this together, do yourself a favor and check out this book. The author skillfully laces together the lives of his characters, takes you for a walk in their shoes, and makes you experience a broad spectrum of emotions ranging from compassion to triumph. This beautifully written story demonstrates the lasting effects of actions and relationships over many years and taking place all around the world. Every single page seems to contain some profound pearl of wisdom. So although the book is brief, take your time with it and savor the meaningful and often subtle messages waiting for you within its pages.

Aug 13, 2013
  • Michael Colford rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

With compact yet masterful prose, Simon Van Booy's latest novel explores the connections between strangers, and how seemingly random interactions can have a profound effect on a life. Spanning decades and oceans, the varied characters in The Illusion of Separateness are all struggling with loss of a kind; loss of sight, loss of family, loss of wholeness, loss of innocence. There is love, war and family. They struggle, they feel, the move unerringly forward. And how they unknowingly help strangers whose paths they cross gives this novel its coherence and its joy.

In the hands of a lesser writer, The Illusion of Separateness might have come across as gimmicky... let's find out how this character relates to that character. Fortunately, Simon is leagues beyond that kind of convention, using words to paint images and to make the reader feel the emotions coursing through the characters. In past work, Simon's focus has often been the love between two people, and while there is still that element in some of the individual tales in this book, he has broadened from love to life, and perhaps how one informs the other.

If you've never read Mr. Van Booy, I highly recommend you give him a try. His short stories, Love Begins in Winter are essential, and his previous novel, Everything Beautiful Began After soars. I look forward to each new work this talented author undertakes.

Jul 01, 2013
  • tdmenten1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"There is a pond near the garden. It attracts dragonflies. Sometimes Martin sets down his wheelbarrow and follows them to the edge. Water conjures the surface of an afternoon, but remembers nothing." This is my favorite kind of writing - clean, well-crafted sentences that pack a punch. No need for an abundance of adjectives and adverbs strewn about. Do not be mistaken however; the writing is NOT simple. The horrors of war and the power of connections between people are examine; the reader is invited to wonder about how one feeds into the other.

Jun 03, 2013
  • Michael Colford rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

With compact yet masterful prose, Simon Van Booy's latest novel explores the connections between strangers, and how seemingly random interactions can have a profound effect on a life. Spanning decades and oceans, the varied characters in The Illusion of Separateness are all struggling with loss of a kind; loss of sight, loss of family, loss of wholeness, loss of innocence. There is love, war and family. They struggle, they feel, the move unerringly forward. And how they unknowingly help strangers whose paths they cross gives this novel its coherence and its joy.

In the hands of a lesser writer, The Illusion of Separateness might have come across as gimmicky... let's find out how this character relates to that character. Fortunately, Simon is leagues beyond that kind of convention, using words to paint images and to make the reader feel the emotions coursing through the characters. In past work, Simon's focus has often been the love between two people, and while there is still that element in some of the individual tales in this book, he has broadened from love to life, and perhaps how one informs the other.

If you've never read Mr. Van Booy, I highly recommend you give him a try. His short stories, Love Begins in Winter are essential, and his previous novel, Everything Beautiful Began After soars. I look forward to each new work this talented author undertakes.

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