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solar bones

Solar Bones

Mike McCormacksolar-bones-cropped-cover

Tramp Press

 

The book opens abstractly with a lyrical passage, set out like a poem, describing the location in which the main character lives.  The book opens with a wide camera shot of rural landscape and rural community, doing its thing on an afternoon.  The camera is sent spiralling through this setting, settling for a moment to observe, to focus, before spinning out into a wider focus and moving on to observe another aspect of this world; spinning, spiralling, contracting and expanding until it seemingly comes to rest in a kitchen with our main protagonist, seemingly narrowing it’s focus on his life.  In fact, the camera keeps contracting and expanding its focus; an observation on his own life, leading to an observation concerning the life of his family, before widening focus to explore the world.  Or, on the other hand, beginning with a wide focus lens, our character comments on a thing that has happened in the world before turning the lens back on his own life, his inner thoughts and the life of his family.  The camera continually narrowing and widening its focus, showing connections between the experiences of the humanist individual subject and the wider society.  This means that the book gives the reader a clear picture of both the internal and external world of the 1990s/2000s. This book presents the connection between the inner psychological lives and external social worlds, showing the web of interconnections that connect us to each other and the wider world.  I highly recommend this book.

 

 

 

 

 

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