[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of “Dialogue” by J.K. Pascall.]
4 out of 4 stars
Review by Donnavila Marie01
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Did you experience listening to a song then tears start to cloud your eyes? This book will bring you more tears. Dialogue by J.K. Pascall is a compilation of his excellent poems. This book is a sequel to his book entitled, Living Through 2016 – Beyond Fiction. I did not have the opportunity to read the first book but I still find this book relatable and I consider myself lucky to write a review about it.
Pascall clustered his poems into three themes. The first theme which is entitled “Me” is about him. It composes 13 poems. The reader will find his or her life written in one or more of the poems. For example, the poem entitled “Hiding” talks about me. I found myself reading about me because I lack self-confidence and sometimes my enemy is my inner self. His question, “what makes me act like me” provoked me because this philosophical question is the very question I ask myself every day.
The second theme is about how he sees others. It has 11 poems which touch the issues on the long-term effect of subjugation, racism, discrimination, and cultural entropy caused by poachers. This theme invites the reader to look back in time and read between the lines of the poems. The last theme is about how he sees humanity. The following line from his poem, “Blind Ambition” captivated me: “An appetite for clarity, suggests maturity, to use knowledge, productively”. We all crave for knowledge but are we capable of acquiring it?
I love everything about this book because it used poetry in an awesome way. Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement and Pascall made it in his poems. It is also a means of the poet in communicating his different emotions to the target readers. Pascall sends his anger, frustration, and agony about the events in his own nation and to the world. He leads the readers to transcend and look beyond the facade of reality through his poems. The purpose of poetry is to strike the reader, or maybe more. It is a wording of the poet’s own highest thoughts. Most of the lines of Pascall in this compilation of his poems are in the highest level of emotions.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because it is a rich source of philosophical thoughts and it is informative. I recommend this for the adults and young minds. This is also useful to those who are aspiring to become poets. This also serves as an inspiration for those who belong to the social sciences, philosophy, and literature. The reader must not read this book in a single sitting because the reader needs to dissect each poem. Each poem is set to send a message. Reading the poems in a single sitting could lead to misunderstanding.
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