3 out of 4 stars
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Review of “Entanglement – Quantum and Otherwise.”
[Following is a volunteer review of “Entanglement – Quantum and Otherwise” by John K. Danenbarger.]
A morbid ride into a dark past full of deceit, abuse and abandonment, spanning three generations, is what “Entanglement – Quantum and Otherwise” – by John K. Danenbarger’s book is all about and more. Kevin’s murder of his father – by ‘drowning’ his father in his own alcohol, during one of their camping exploits with the boys’ troops – to protect his mother from his father’s emotional abuse – runs deep in unmasking the childhood trauma that Kevin had to go through and the defence mechanism tactics that he employed and consequently shaped his later life into one of dread, as he built in him, a penchant for killing his adversaries as a revenge.
Set in the future, the storyline’s positive aspects denotes a weaving of events from the past to the ever present time, giving one an illusion of time travel that allows the mind to sieve and dissect the happenings to an understanding that runs deep in the realisation of the genesis of character disintegration. Case in point - Davis alias Cricket. He was adopted into the family of Kevin and Beth. He had a troublesome childhood that led to his first murder in his teens; then another in his adult years, of a man he thought was his father, and just when everything was spiralling down around him, he met and deeply fell in love with a lady who changed his life for the better and with whom they expected a baby; but all that went down when he lost her to a fatal lightning strike that left him completely distraught and with nothing to live for, he became self-destructive and neglected himself and this drove him to kill himself – in later years, by veering a bus off the road after killing the driver, which then rammed into a tree.
Of the negative aspects, the weaving of one storyline to a completely different one, then back to the one at the beginning, is in my opinion quite confusing as the detail is in tying up the knots in order to fully understand the plot of the story. A good example is where Beth’s life is brought to the fore from her early childhood when she ran away from home, then two years down, rescued and nursed back to health by a young man her age, up to the point where she was given to a couple that sailed with her to Bermuda and then abandoned her there – then the story weaves on to a young man going about his business and meeting a priest at a café, struck a friendship – then back to Beth in Bermuda sold as a slave unknowingly – and back and forth the story weaved along ….
I rate the book a 3 out of 4 stars. Despite its interesting storyline, the author portrays brilliance in character execution, fit for a non-fiction narrative.
If you have a liking for gruesome and excruciating drama interspersed with bits of romantic nuances, then this book is for you.
Entanglement - Quantum and Otherwise
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