The Dead Man Is A Compelling Novel About A Woman Who Is Obsessed Eve, A Composer Of Sacred Music And A Music Therapist, Is Well Aware Of The Saying, Physician, Heal Thyself, But She Just Can T Seem To Do This For Some Unknown Reason, She A Sensible, Intelligent Professional Can T Recover From A Brief Relationship She Had Five Years Ago With A World Famous Music Critic Named Jake This Obsession With Jake Is A Mystery To Eve S Friends, And Also To Her In An Attempt To Solve This Mystery, She Returns To The Scene Of The Crime Israel, Where Jake Still Lives, And Where They First Fell In Love There She Revisits All Their Old Haunts And Struggles To Complete The Song Cycle She Started Composing Five Years Ago About Jake But Hasn T Been Able To Finish Gradually The Dark Mystery Behind Their Complex Relationship Begins To Unravel Eve Discovers The Forgotten Childhood Memories, Losses, And Desires That Are Encapsulated In Her Connection To Jake And Then, Inspired By All The Music She Hears Around Her Including The Singing Of Birds, The Crying Of Babies, And The Honking Of Cars , She Succeeds In Finally Completing Her Song Cycle And Setting Her Obsession To Rest This Novel, Filled With Music, Dealing With Themes Of Love, Grief, Early Loss, And The Power Of Art, Will Resonate Deeply With Anyone Who Has Ever Loved And Lost, And Will Continue To Resound And Echo For A Long Time Afterward The Dead Man is a fascinating fictional study of obsession and how one woman learns to overcome it through coming to terms with her past and the sources of her own pain Eve is a music therapist who can help others overcome trauma, but has trouble helping herself She is unable to get over a love affair she had with a married man, and becomes so obsessed with him that she begins to question her own sanity This is a novel that is perfect for those seeking insight into human psychology, and is written with great perceptiveness and sensitivity. The Dead Man was an incredible read which I consumed in just three days Sometimes, there s a book which just comes to you at the perfect moment, and this was the book I needed I needed a break from YA, and something a bitadult and a bitgrounded in reality What this book really did for me was reawaken my passion for writing But that s not what the protagonist, Eve, has a passion for Eve has a passion for composing music and lives to continue working on this in her life She listens to music, hears it as she walks along the street and writes it whenever she feels inspired From reading the book you gather how immersed she is in the musical world, and it strongly reminded me of what it means to truly love what you are passionate about It s been a while since I ve felt that with reading and writing, but this book managed to make me find it again I can t wait to be fully immersed in my own passion again This novel is also grounded in culture The protagonist of the novel is Jewish, and the entire story is occurring while she is in Israel Some of the descriptions we get of the country are beautiful, and I did get to know quite a bit about Judaism a religion I admit I don t know much about Although there wasn t an overwhelming amount of it in the novel, it still was present enough for it to set a tone to the novel This was also the first novel I ve ever read about an obsession with a relationship It was entirely new to me, and I have to admit it is what intrigued me most about this book What deepens this obsession is that Eve was the other woman as we say these days, and was fully conscious of the fact that Jake had a marriage as they had their affair It astonishes me that she can t let it go, and what she does in her mind Gradually throughout the novel,hints and clues are revealed as to while she feels this way When every piece of the puzzle has been put together, it wasn t quite the mind blowing revelation I expected But I wasn t disappointed either because this answer was realistic and so plausible it was hard for me to think that the mystery behind her obsession could have been anything else I should ve known.I do think that some will find how much she goes on and on about Jake annoying or too repetitious It didn t go that way for me because there was meaning behind every recount of old memories and every time he was mentioned But maybe this stylistically, isn t for everyone, and I feel that s why it s worth me mentioning in this review I loved Gold s writing style It was beautiful This novel is truly a piece of literature Maybe because I was reading between my essay writing as steady breaks, but my literature analysis mode was on and I could see so much clever symbolism inserted when she connects small everyday life to happenings ofweight Reading this, I could see how clever the author had been in everything they had written, and it made me appreciate the novel evenI think I would even enjoy analyzing this book.The ending wrapped up beautifully The imagery, the meaning, the title and the music everything made sense all at once And once I d turned the last page I had this ultimate feeling of satisfaction Of course, I am eager to readworks by Nora Gold A fantastic book I highly recommend.Gif Summary image error An introspective music therapist travels to Israel and manages to throw off the shackles of a love affair from 5 years previously, mainly through self diagnosis Very interesting and therapuetic at times as Eve reflects back on the affair as well as her own family issues that have left emotional scars on her.Full review here Nora Gold has a marvelous capacity for character development The protagonist in this story goes on a life changing journey and I was riveted throughout to see where it will end up This is fine fiction with a gripping plot I give it 5 stars and recommend it highly as a must read.
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- 288 pages
- The Dead Man
- Nora Gold
- 05 January 2019 Nora Gold