Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sentiments of Blue by Garasamo Maccagnone

Set in a Michigan factory, the title story takes readers inside a workplace dominated by a ruthless bully and his cronies. While explaining the actions taking place around him, it becomes clear that the narrator yearns to escape the blue-collar life handed down to him from his father. “Perfect Game” unfolds during a minor league baseball game with Chi-Chi Gomez on the mound, a fearless pitcher who never fails to brush a few batters back from the plate–a space he considers his personal property. Along with other stories, the book also features original poems including “Uncle Nardo’s Store,” “My Father’s Foot,” and “The Malediction of Miss Holstein.”

I was disappointed with this book in the fact of the language that the author chose to use (see my post on curse words)  very frequently the author uses harsh language, talks about drinking, getting drunk and sex acts.  I was so sorry that I couldn't say loved the book, but I didn't.  The book is written in first-person.  back of the book says..."Intended for mature audiences, the stories include scenes that convey the fear, violence, lust and joy of real people living imperfect lives."  And it does live up to that.  Would I recommend it?  No, because what I read and recommend should be Christian and help a person live a Christian (God-honoring) type of  life.

Garasamo Maccagnone is a writer and entrepreneur. The founder of a successful airfreight business, Maccagnone now focuses on his literary career. He is the author of the novel St. John of the Midfield, the novella, For the Love of St. Nick, a collection of short stories entitled, My Dog Tim and Other Stories, and a children’s book titled, The Suburban Dragon. Sentiments of Blue is his latest short story collection. Maccagnone currently lives in Shelby Township where he is working on his second novel, The Sorrows of Pebble Creek.

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A copy of this book was provided for review by Pump up your Book tours


1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Thanks for reviewing Gary's short story collection. I figured his writing style might not be to your liking, but I'm glad you gave it a shot.