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End Of Eden Kindle Edition
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To be honest, I bought this short story as I recognized the talent through the 'Look Inside' feature (ah shame on me!), but not in that I kept this story on my kindle reading it several times. I love the prose and the way the story puts life and innocent wisdom in perspective. It absolutely puts the 'shivers' down your spine at the glory of life so beautifully written.
So recently I revisited this authors product page to grab some more of his/her gems and found this short story cover had been changed. Hope the author did not change the content ... it is a classic!
Just one last note, I pitied the grand-daughters Zoe and Angela, because little did they know ;)
Having said that, this is one of the most profound stories I have read outside of literature classes. Extremely touching. Although I certainly enjoy a good plot-driven story, it is very refreshing get away from that now and then, and to read a book like this one. If you understand its message (yes, literature tends to have a message within, rather than just an entertaining sequence of events--imagine that!), it will bring tears to your eyes. What a lovely work this is. Luckily, I had a box of tissue near.
STOP READING HERE IF YOU WANT TO THINK THE MESSAGE THROUGH FOR YOURSELF.
Of course, as with any good literature, "messages" can be interpreted differently by different people. Here is what I got out of it: that of the rift of values and attitudes between the generations of yesteryear and the generations of today, and also, the tendency we all have as human beings to travel down our own singular path and trivialize that which others have cherished through their entire lifetimes along their own path. So many profound experiences for each of us that mean absolutely nothing to others. It could even be rendered down to the theme of "selfishness." Also, there was allusion to the way technology has stripped us of so much, in addition to giving us so much. You could consider that as a major theme here as well. The story is fertile ground for literary allusion. I can think of a few more, but I'll stop. You decide.
This was an extremely sad story for me because I've seen this same story play out over the course of my lifetime several times amongst various family members. The story is so well-written that it is well worth reading even if you don't "get it" at first. Read it a few times and ponder. Perhaps some of you in the younger generation will better understand a different perspective than that of your own after having read this story.
Beyond all of that, it's a lovely story even if you are only reading it for the prose and writing quality--eloquently written. Enjoy it! I certainly did...