4 out of 4 stars
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Spirit of the Season by Brian Lamont is a fascinating tale that allows us to follow the life of a humble candle maker who stays unnamed to the very end of the book.
The author narrates about the candle maker's childhood with his father in a distant house in the woods. He helped his father to make and sell candles, the only source of light in the neighborhood. The boy was shy and used to avoid people. He didn't change even when he grew up and inherited the workshop from his father.
Years passed by, the candle maker found a loved one and lived happily with her for a while. But she died, giving birth to their child who didn't make it either. In despair, the candle maker shut himself in his lonely house. Then something quite miraculous turned him back towards people and gave sense to his life again.
This book is about the solitary person struggling to adjust himself to the ever-changing world. It tells us that progress very often has an ugly face. Also, it's about faith and how to keep it.
This relatively short book has 134 (128) pages, and it is divided into 12 chapters. The book captures our attention from the first page and holds it to the final one. The author makes the characters, among them a boy that helps the candle maker in his workshop, a storm-beaten tailor he unexpectedly meets, and even village people, very vivid and reliable with just a couple of strokes.
The writing style gives this book a flair of the ancient legends, making the narrative even more engaging.
The only thing about this book that left me uncertain was the tailor's character. He remained obscure, and it was not quite clear whether he finally found peace with himself or not.
I did not find any errors, so I concluded that the book was exceptionally well edited. Thus, it is my greatest pleasure to award it with 4 out of 4 stars.
It is needless to say that the book has no profanity or any adult content at all.
I recommend it to a large audience because everybody can find there something inspiring and heartwarming. The book is suitable for adult readers, and a young audience can enjoy it as well. Also, this book is for all those who love making an occasional gift just to brighten someone else's day.
The book teaches us that we are able to create a fairy tale for ourselves or those around us, no matter how hard the times are. It gives hope that anyone can become a light bearer to all who are sad, scared, and heartbroken.
In conclusion, I would love to add that this book is a possible biography of the very well-known figure. The author lovingly adds detail after detail to reveal his identity at the very end of the story. It is a beautiful journey for those of us who believe in good and kindness, no matter what.
Spirit of the Season
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