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Thread #150822 Message #3650825
Posted By: Amos
13-Aug-14 - 08:51 PM
Thread Name: BS: Delightful Novel: Beyond the Cascade
Subject: RE: BS: Delightful Novel: Beyond the Cascade
A Belgian author has recently posted an enthusiastic review of Beyond the Cascade out of the blue:
Bob Laerhoven's review Aug 13, 14
5 of 5 stars
Read in May, 2014
"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 for 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..."
Pass the word. If you haven't read it, it's not too late!! See the link upthread.