Review by Sheila_Jay -- Filling Up a Hole

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Review by Sheila_Jay -- Filling Up a Hole

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Filling Up a Hole" by Jerry A. Greenberg.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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Do you ever feel incomplete? In the book Filling Up a Hole by Jerry A. Greenberg, the author writes about how each person has a ‘hole’ hence incomplete. According to the writer, for a person to be whole, the ‘hole’ needs to be identified and fixed. In this book, Greenberg uses multiple characters to show readers how everyone has ‘hole’ and its impact on self and those around.

The author explores various issues such as self-worth, family relations and equal rights by focusing on Clarence Dawson, Boyce Phillips, his wife Dodie Phillips, and their two sons Paul and Tommy Phillips. Boyce is the head of the family but very fragile and cannot handle stress while Dodie does not understand her family. She always focused on what her husband was not; eventually, she pushed her over the edge leading to a nervous breakdown. For Paul at only nineteen, he is often lonely and embraces prostitution. Paul realized that his dream to be pianist was not promising and since there was no one to support him, he got into hard drugs which led to his death.

I really liked the story as it explores some critical issues in society, including family relations and equal rights. I liked how the author used quotations throughout the book. I felt like listening to the characters speaking to each other. I found it fascinating reading the vivid descriptions that the author gave in the book, for instance, Howell, a small town located in north Texas, The City Café, and the Men’s Room. The detailed descriptions made me feel like I am in the town and visiting all these places that he mentions in the story.

Even though I enjoyed the book, there are some elements of it that I did not like. First, at some point, I felt that the direct quotes were overwhelming. It felt like just reading a lot of conversations without any clear points. Also, the author included too many characters whom he overly described and at some points, I lost the flow of the story. Additionally, the book lacks consistency. Some chapters have the word chapter, number and a title, while others only have the word chapter and number but no title.

Even though I generally enjoyed reading Filling Up a Hole by Jerry A. Greenberg, I rate it two out of four stars. The editing seemed okay, and I found no mistakes that are worth pointing out in this review. However, the book has several instances of words I consider profane. Further, the elements of the book that I disliked led me into dropping two stars, but the book is generally good, and some fine-tuning can make it even great. I would recommend it to adult readers who enjoy historical fiction and are comfortable with sex and profanity.

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This sounds like a vivid if somewhat depressing story. Thank you for your informative review!

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The metaphor sounds interesting, though I understand why it'd be confusing to have over-described characters. That would put me off too. Thanks for the information!

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Thank you both for stopping by to give your valuable comments.
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The use of the pun ( hole/whole ) is clever, but as you only rated it 2 out of 4, I think I will skip this one.

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It sounds as though this book has potential, but it needs additional work in order to be the best it can be. Thanks for your wonderful review!

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I'll be glad to learn how to feel complete. Nice review!
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It sounds like this book explores the psychological aspects of family relationships and what they may lead to. This certainly interests me. I appreciate the downsides set out in the review but I may still put in on my shelf, just not in the first priority :) Thank you for a fair review!
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I like the premise of this book, but it sounds like it misses the mark in its current state. Thanks for your honest take on this read.

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The premise seems quite interesting and I don't mind profanities, so I might check this one out. Thanks for the review!

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This sounds like an intriguing topic. It's too bad the book wasn't very well executed. Thanks for your honest review.

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Sounds like this book is not one which holds your attention. Thanks for the great review!

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diana lowery wrote:
20 May 2020, 06:48
The use of the pun ( hole/whole ) is clever, but as you only rated it 2 out of 4, I think I will skip this one.
Thank you for taking time to read the review and comment.
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Howlan wrote:
21 May 2020, 03:39
Sounds like this book is not one which holds your attention. Thanks for the great review!
Thank you for sparing time to read and give an honest comment.
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