Official Review: Home is the Prime Meridian by Bill Felker

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Official Review: Home is the Prime Meridian by Bill Felker

Post by MarisaRose » 09 Dec 2017, 12:08

[Following is an official review of "Home is the Prime Meridian" by Bill Felker.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Home is the Prime Meridian: Almanac Essays in Search of Time and Place and Spirit by Bill Felker is a collection of non-fiction essays set in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The essays vary in length from one to four pages. As the title suggests, the essays focus on three topics: time, place and spirit. Told in sequence, these essays follow the seasons one experiences in a year: winter, spring, summer and fall.

Home is the Prime Meridian is a literary lover’s delicacy. The author utilizes masterful control over language to touch upon all five senses. Felker further adds an emotional element to his writing to create a strong connection between the reader and the enchanting setting in which these essays take place. The tone throughout the collection is impassioned, sometimes nostalgic, and at other times, hopeful, but each essay is imbued with the same sincerity and reverence for nature. The writing is crisp, and the author’s word choices are eloquent, making one want to read, reread and reread again the short essays compiled in this collection.

The book is a collection of essays, but I think the author’s work would better be categorized as poetic, story-telling non-fiction. His way with words clearly sets the scene for the reader and transports one to the exact time and place being written about. Although I have never been to Yellow Springs, Ohio, I could taste the harshness of the cold winter months; I could see the emerging color in the spring; I could hear the tranquil summer days, and I could feel the loss brought by autumn. Instead of feeling like an observer looking in on the author’s memories, I felt as if I was in a trance, imagining and remembering the very things described in each essay.

There are forty-two essays in this collection, and each one stood out as a unique and equally intriguing work of art. Many times, collections like this can feel repetitive or become tedious to read due to similar writing and use of the same literary devices over and over again. However, that is not the case with Home is the Prime Meridian. Each essay is thought provoking in its own way: some essays are lighthearted and easily decipherable, others are more obscure and require interpretation. However, I found each essay was as enjoyable as the next, and none failed to capture my attention. Further, whether we are reading about plants, animals, constellations or landscapes, each poem is somewhat introspective and all revolve around so much more than just the natural elements we think we are reading about. Loss, aging, spirituality, change, mortality, and the perpetual cycle of life are just some of the themes touched upon in Felker’s essays.

I devoured these essays one by one. Each time I thought I had found my favorite essay, another came along and impressed me even more. “Wow” was my reaction to the author’s words over and over again. The layers of meaning behind the short, sometimes simple words had me in awe of this writer’s ability to mold language and evoke emotions long buried in my mind. This is a collection I will cherish and return to frequently. I strongly urge lovers of nature, earth and the naturalistic to read this collection. I have never felt so strongly about a collection of essays; Home is the Prime Meridian is truly a treat for the senses and a writer’s delight. In my mind, this book deserves far more than four stars, but as that is the highest award I can give, I rate Home is the Prime Meridian a strong 4 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Anjum » 10 Dec 2017, 06:54

I have never read such books but it sounds really unique and interesting, so I am gonna give it a try. Thanks for the review.

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Post by Mercy Bolo » 10 Dec 2017, 07:37

I'm speechless. This is exactly my kind of book. You even made it more appealing by killing the review. :tiphat:
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Post by kandscreeley » 10 Dec 2017, 08:23

Great praises. I'm not sure I'd enjoy a collection of essays, but I'm glad you did. The writing sounds amazing, though.
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Post by inaramid » 10 Dec 2017, 11:57

If the contents of the book are as thought-provoking as the title, then I'm so in. Very informative review!

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Post by kislany » 10 Dec 2017, 16:45

The review was very convincing. I'm not sure the book is for me (I'm not one for essays generally), but it does look like it has some great writing by the author.

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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 11 Dec 2017, 06:49

I have never get my hands on essays but your review alone made this book appealing especially when you addressed the thought provoking part. I think I will give this book a try. This is a great review indeed.
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Post by Tango » 12 Dec 2017, 19:33

I love essay collections - and your beautiful, articulate review has me quite eager to get ahold of a copy to read by oil lamp, haha!

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 13 Dec 2017, 06:31

Time, place, spirit, this is definitely a book for me. Looking forward to read it.
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Post by powergirl » 14 Dec 2017, 14:42

Great review.i hope i would read this book.It looks very interesting and enjoyable.
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Post by bookowlie » 15 Dec 2017, 10:41

Great review! You made the book sound so interesting. For me, an author's writing style and use of language is so important in making a book shine. I love your phrase "a literary lover's delicacy." A perfect line for what sounds like a perfect book!
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Post by Fatima70 » 16 Dec 2017, 06:41

Thanks for sharing your impressions. The enchanting eloquence of the accounts and the inviting indulgence that you have shared might be a treat for many of us. It might be interesting to further explore, each of the underlying themes, the book builds upon.

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Post by BookHausJ » 23 Dec 2017, 03:57

My first impression of this book is based on the Title of the Book itself. "Home." I'm thinking of some place or venue of a loving family together. Maybe I should read this book to understand it. Though the review mention that this book is a collection of essay, but still I'm expecting of some more related to the title. Thanks for the review.

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Post by pinklover » 25 Dec 2017, 06:00

"Home is the Prime Meridian is a literary lover’s delicacy. "
your review makes me sad because I remember how important a family is for my parents got separated but your view gave me hope for my future family. Thanks!
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