Today's Book Review is going to be one of a very unusual nature. It's not fantasy or sci-fi—heck, it's not even fiction. Instead, it's a collection of haikus (Japanese poems) and short stories that I found intriguing. The book can be found on Online Book Club
, and it's one I would say is definitely worth reading.
Life Expressed in 25 Words or Less: Distilled Wisdom for Life
From the Author:
Hi. Welcome to my world of word pictures. They represent selected random thoughts that span a period of almost twenty-five years, from my time in Japan to present day. The next version will include moments from before that time as well. Here’s a reading tip for maximum enjoyment: 1. Read the prologue for background. 2. Read the first aha moment. 3. Pause. 4. Read the next one. 5. Pause. 6. Keep repeating the process.
This book has been published in a limited printing run for sharing with friends, family, and business colleagues. I hope you get the picture as you read. Some are written for humor. Some are simple observations of life. Others are either events that triggered expressions of faith or simply thoughts that popped up in my head. Thanks in advance for taking the time to read. I would appreciate feedback too.
My Review: 5 Stars
I'm not a poetry reader, but I found these haikus to be surreal and breathtaking. They reminded me of growing up in Japan, and all the hours I spent laboring over the perfect haiku. I was transported to the realm of the author's mind and memories. I feel somehow lighter, happier after reading them. An amazing work of poetry, even for a non-poetry reader like myself.
About the Author:
Jack Cantwell is the owner of SkyLimit Marketing in Lebanon, VA. When Cantwell lived in Japan in the late 1980s, he became interested in the concept of haiku, which is creating word efficient word pictures, according to a news release. He started observing life and created his own rule that is to express himself in 25 words or less. It prompted him in writing “Life Expressed in 25 Words or Less: Distilled Wisdom for Life.”
Find the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FULED9M/
Find it on Online Book Club: http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/shelves/book.php?id=88810