Jumat, 14 Oktober 2011

Must read for anyone involved in the justice system

Trial Fallen Angels James Kimmel

Trial Fallen Angels James Kimmel

I didn't really know what to expect from this novel - from the premise it sounded like a mixture of fantasy and mystery. And even now, after finishing it, categorizing it into a genre still proves rather difficult. Kimmel explores a lot of big themes here in his fictional debut - justice, forgiveness, truth, good, evil and the interconnected nature of humanity. The book deals with religion, too, but in a vague and rather non-specific Christian way (though Judaism and Islamic faiths also play a part). This rather undefined spiritual aspect seems to be Kimmel's attempts to avoid his fantastical Shemaya from offending any readers and to appeal to as many different religions as possible.

The story itself that these issues are wrapped around is that of thirty-year-old Brek Abigail Cuttler. This young lawyer/wife/mother arrives abruptly at an abandoned train platform and her afterlife unravels from there. Slowly, Brek comes to term with all the histories and lives of others that led not only to her own life, but to her untimely death. Kimmel throws in a lot of connections (but your disbelief should already be suspended from the very premise), leading to many surprises as the complete story unfolds. A surprising amount of World War II history is included throughout the novel, too.

Kimmel's prose describes a vast and ever-shifting setting his Shemaya (there's even a visit to Tara!), along with the intimate details of the lives of many characters. The clear writing prevents confusion and allows readers to be swept along with Brek's journey. It is a tragic story, but beautiful and completely captivating. Kimmel captures Brek's point-of-view very convincingly and manages to evoke plenty of empathy for nearly all of the characters introduced. It is a strange and wonderful novel and one that completely took me by surprise. I certainly hope Kimmel continues on as a writer of fiction - I am very curious to see what he writes next!

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5 komentar:

  1. Deidre Nicholson13 Desember 2011 06.32

    This is an interesting tale which draws on religion, ethics, morals, justice, retribution, and finally: forgiveness. I picked up this book with no expectations but was quickly engaged as the story's mystery unfolded and led to a tale of forgiveness of oneself and one's enemies.

    BalasHapus
  2. I didn't really know what to expect from this novel - from the premise it sounded like a mixture of fantasy and mystery. And even now, after finishing it, categorizing it into a genre still proves rather difficult. Kimmel explores a lot of big themes here in his fictional debut - justice, forgiveness, truth, good, evil and the interconnected nature of humanity. The book deals with religion, too, but in a vague and rather non-specific Christian way (though Judaism and Islamic faiths also play a part). This rather undefined spiritual aspect seems to be Kimmel's attempts to avoid his fantastical Shemaya from offending any readers and to appeal to as many different religions as possible.

    The story itself that these issues are wrapped around is that of thirty-year-old Brek Abigail Cuttler. This young lawyer/wife/mother arrives abruptly at an abandoned train platform and her afterlife unravels from there. Slowly, Brek comes to term with all the histories and lives of others that led not only to her own life, but to her untimely death. Kimmel throws in a lot of connections (but your disbelief should already be suspended from the very premise), leading to many surprises as the complete story unfolds. A surprising amount of World War II history is included throughout the novel, too.

    Kimmel's prose describes a vast and ever-shifting setting his Shemaya (there's even a visit to Tara!), along with the intimate details of the lives of many characters. The clear writing prevents confusion and allows readers to be swept along with Brek's journey. It is a tragic story, but beautiful and completely captivating. Kimmel captures Brek's point-of-view very convincingly and manages to evoke plenty of empathy for nearly all of the characters introduced. It is a strange and wonderful novel and one that completely took me by surprise. I certainly hope Kimmel continues on as a writer of fiction - I am very curious to see what he writes next!

    BalasHapus
  3. Rosalinda Higgins21 November 2013 04.32

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful book! I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I found the premise intriguing so I gave it a shot and am I ever glad that I did. I was captured by the author, and could not put it down. I don't want to give away any of the story line as it is very precious and I want for you to be carried away with it like I was. Simply beautiful. It will definitely get you thinking about forgiveness and seeing things from different perspectives. I will keep and treasure this book always.

    BalasHapus
  4. I generally enjoy books that have a depth in them. Kimmel's "The Trial of Fallen Angels" of angels fulfills that and even more, touching on subjects as wide as the values that we cherish as humans (love, kindness, forgiveness, empathy, truthfulness etc) and forces that are out there to corrupt our souls (evil forces like hate, jealousy etc. This story confirmed a lot of the insights that I found in some of Janvier Chando's stories like The Sweetest Madness, and The Grandmothers. Kimmel's narrative style stands out. He is also very descriptive and engaging. I am looking forward to reading Kimmel's other work.

    BalasHapus