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Official Review: The Theory of Talking to Trees

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Official Review: The Theory of Talking to Trees

Post Number:#1 by e-tasana-williams
» 09 May 2017, 20:41

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Theory of Talking to Trees" by Karl Dehmelt.]

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4 out of 4 stars
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The Theory of Talking to Trees, the novel by Karl Dehmelt, is a complex story about two men struggling with mental illness. Stephen Christiansen is a successful author, and engaged to Phoebe. He proposed seven years ago, and Phoebe insists other conditions must be met prior to setting a wedding date. Isaac Sellers is a down-on-his-luck factory worker, and engaged to Olivia. A man of modest aspirations, he struggles to survive day to day. Stephen and Isaac's paths cross during a near-fatal mugging and they become fast friends, partly based on their shared pathologies. Without including spoilers, both of their relationships are changed dramatically through the course of the story.

Both Stephen and Isaac suffer from lives touched by mental illness. Isaac, from a poverty-stricken background, has little to shield him from the ravages of schizophrenia. Stephen, on his way to becoming a best-selling author, is more functional, until he's not. Mental illness or not, the characters have good advice for us all. One example is when Isaac tells Stephen, "I can only judge myself, and base my actions on being better than who I was yesterday." (P. 158)

The Theory of Talking to Trees is about mental illness, but it is also about the relationships experienced by its sufferers. Although the specific diagnoses are only named briefly, the audience gets a snapshot of the complexities and cruelties involved. The Theory of Talking to Trees also spotlights the writing process. Both Stephen and Isaac use writing as a coping mechanism. Stephen works for a publishing house and Isaac has a manuscript he would like to publish.

Readers of literature can appreciate this novel. Artistically written, it is reminiscent of a good short story. An example is the abundant use of simile and metaphor found throughout the tale. One memorable metaphor describes a family's experience after a near-fatal accident: "They scrape the morsels of optimism from a full plate of tragedy, fearing the young man might not awaken from his comatose state." (P. 7) While he writes about writing, Mr. Dehmelt uses lyrical prose to add yet another layer of complexity to the work.

The book appears to be professionally edited, with less than a handful of errors noted. This is an important point for a work about a professional editor working for a publishing company! Nice touch, Mr. Dehmelt. I rate The Theory of Talking to Trees 4 out of 4 stars. The writing is poetic, I found myself rooting for the intriguing characters and the descriptions of life with mental illness are authentic.

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Re: Official Review: The Theory of Talking to Trees

Post Number:#2 by Amagine
» 11 May 2017, 07:28

I love that this is book that addresses mental illness because it is something many people suffer from. I also like that it is an inspirational read with quotes that can be applied to everyday life.

Great Review! 💜
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Post Number:#3 by godreaujea
» 11 May 2017, 07:31

Nice review! This sounds like a poetic read. :)
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Post Number:#4 by kandscreeley
» 11 May 2017, 08:06

Sometimes its difficult to write about mental illness in an authentic way. It sounds like this author does a great job. It sounds like a book with a message for us all yet entertaining at the same time. Thanks for the review.
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Post Number:#5 by DennisK
» 11 May 2017, 10:28

Thanks for the review, e-tasana-williams. I'm looking forward to reading it.
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Post Number:#6 by Chrys Brobbey
» 11 May 2017, 14:04

The author seems to have cleverly used the medium of a novel to bring attention to mental illness in society - which is a good thing. The story line is interesting, and seems to be well executed. Kudos for the review.
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Post Number:#7 by abriana favors
» 14 May 2017, 19:48

Wow it actually sends like a good book to read. It got my attention because I love to read books that are different like this one. I love how he had titled the book which makes it even more interesting to read.
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Post Number:#8 by Jaime Lync
» 15 May 2017, 09:16

This sounds like a book you read in one sitting. Great review. I love that you mention that the writing is poetic.
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Post Number:#9 by Ella Rose Orocio
» 17 May 2017, 09:53

hmmmm its nice
maybe,i can read the whole story
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Post Number:#10 by Sonjastaples100
» 17 May 2017, 20:42

Great review...
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