The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #150822   Message #3628976
Posted By: Amos
29-May-14 - 04:04 PM
Thread Name: BS: Delightful Novel: Beyond the Cascade
Subject: RE: BS: Delightful Novel: Beyond the Cascade
An unexpected and embarassingly positive review from a Belgian reader has appeared on Amazon. Really, you should read this book this summer!

"A stylish, wise and passionate novel, May 21, 2014
By Bob Van Laerhoven - Belgian novelist - See all my reviews
This review is from: Beyond the Cascade (Kindle Edition)

As a professional Belgian(Flemish) author for more than 20 years, I can - in all humbleness - say that I've read quite some novels in quite some genres, styles and topics. In that huge pile of books, A.H. Jessup stands out, just as Kafka, Curzio Malaparte, André Baillon, Flaubert, Malcolm Lowry and other great writers stand out. In my eyes, a synopsis doesn't give this multi-layered novel enough credit, so I'm going to pass that. Others on this review page have done their best in that department.
I was deeply impressed by the wisdom of this novel but also by Jessup's style and the scope of his story, not to forget the originality of the theme(s). It is truly beyond me that "Beyond the Cascade" apparently hasn't been published by a quality Publishing House. Maybe Jessup didn't want that, knowing that the current book market tends to be more a fairground - vampires or zombies anyone? - than an outlet of the great art of literature. Well, this is literature, no way around it.
When a reader loves a novel, the author has done a very nice job. When a fellow author - a colleague and, yes, in a way, a competitor - loves a novel, the author truly has done an outstanding job...