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Revelations by Sandy Cohen

Monday, August 29, 2011
Travel along with Manny Markovitz and his guide, Abis -- part Native American, part madman -- as they take you on a wild, always funny, sometimes poignant journey from the wilds of Greece to the bogs and barrier islands of south Georgia, USA in search for Abis's boss, Willy Love. Enter with them into a world of imagination, wild adventure and absolute delight as Manny wakens back to life and love after a great personal tragedy. Perhaps you will, too. Critic Erwin Ford calls Revelations "a Candide for the 21st century." PRAISE FOR SANDY COHEN AND REVELATIONS: "I love it! And I'm jealous. . . you're quite a writer. Such pure, unadorned dialect; good strong story. Your characters live." -- Janice Daugharty, author of Earl in the Yellow Shirt (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize) "Moving . . . powerful. . . ." -- Elizabeth S. Morgan "A fine prose-poem." -Wayne Brown, author of On the Coast (winner of the Commonwealth Prize)

Goodreads Summary

This was one of the most unique books I have ever read.  The characters all have their own quirks and traits that are very memorable and distinct.  The reader will connect to Manny and Abis and will enjoy following their story as they search for Manny's boss, Willy Love.  Along the way, the characters forget about their "normal lives" and turn to, perhaps, their natural selves-without society interfering.  This occurrence brings about many humorous, contemplative, and intriguing scenes. 

Abis is the character who gets Manny to loosen up and relax.  He is the trickster, the funny one, and the one who serves a double purpose-comedic relief and to get the other character to forget about societal norms.  Manny at first appears completely normal...and at the end of the book, he is still normal-perhaps even more so, how he would have been had he not been ingrained with societal rules. 

This book could be considered philosophical, however, if a reader doesn't typically enjoy that type of genre...the book is many other things as well.  There is humor, mystery, adventure, etc... that the reader will also appreciate.  This book is recommended for adults.

4 Stars


  1. Susan T. said...:

    I love books with a good dose of humour!