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Paperback Book Details
  • 11/2019
  • 9781710035001 1710035005
  • 324 pages
  • $14.00
Ebook Details
  • 11/2013
  • B00H29MYAQ
  • 327 pages
  • $4.99
Norman Weeks
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Symphony of Stories
Norman Weeks, author

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Symphony of Stories: “Word Music for the Literature Lover” 5-stars review rating from readersfavorite.com! Here are twenty literary melodies in a Symphony of Stories. The word-music of the stories is arranged in the form and framework of a classical symphony. There are four symphonic movements: First comes the Andante, a going-along in a sequence of events, a narrative, a story. Next is an Adagio, the slowing down on the path of sorrow; these stories are tragic. A contrast is provided by the Scherzo, jokes, tales with tongue-in-cheek. The grand finale of the Allegro is the happy ending. The themes of the stories are some of the most basic: Longing for love, finding love, suffering disappointment in love, and losing love. Sex as farce. Ambition and the frustration of ambition. Music, art, literature, and our electronic technoculture. The individual in society. Moral and immoral. Sane, insane, and doubts about which is which. Symphony of Stories. Oh, the wondrous complexities of the human!
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Readers' Favorite

Review Rating: 5 Stars!

Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

Life is complex. Artists have attempted to unveil the meaning of life via different avenues of expression: music, art, literature, theater, dance. To some people, music is the ultimate medium of expression, a language all its own, a symphony of ideas, emotions, time and space eloquently well spent. While literature can flatly describe life, music can transcend it. Norman Weeks' collection of short stories, Symphony of Stories, brings music and literature into a comparative perspective.

Norman’s collection of short stories creates a fascinating musical nuance in words, a symphony of literary proportions. Now, even his symphony defies the natural order of composition, as his four movements, Andante, Adagio, Scherzo, and Allegro, are not the standard order of the movements within a symphony; the fast, slow, fast, very fast order one expects. However, within each ‘movement’, each of his stories unravels the human condition in a way that parallels a musical composition. Like the first story, “Reflection”, a slow walk through one boy/man’s life that follows a very musical ternary (ABA) form. The boy learned what not to do, became a man and returned to his roots only to find that those who had taught him what not to do, the priest, the teacher, the father, all did what they told him not to do. And the boy, now a man, returns to his family and sees himself in the mirror. What does he see? A very deep, introspective story.

The collection of stories is very thought-provoking on many levels and I, for one, appreciate thoroughly the allusion of this collection as a symphonic masterpiece.

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 11/2019
  • 9781710035001 1710035005
  • 324 pages
  • $14.00
Ebook Details
  • 11/2013
  • B00H29MYAQ
  • 327 pages
  • $4.99

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