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  1. Kurt Brindley Kurt Brindley says:

    BOOK | FICTION | LITERARYTHE WILD HORSES OF HIROSHIMAby Paul XylinidesRATING ★ ★ ★ ★I could have spent the time writing this review of Indie Author Paul Xylinides's novel The Wild Horses of Hiroshima comparing and contrasting it with other similar works of literary fiction or I could have attempted to apply the story's highly powerful poignant theme against the larger social and political woes of our time but I am not going to do any of that at least not as fully as I would had this been a typical review of mine I'm not going to because if I had it would have meant that too much focus would have been on my knowledge of other such similar books or other such woeful contemporary issues rather than focusing on why Xylinides is so important to the Indie Author movement as I believe he just may be the author who proves in a most definitive way that literary fiction of the highest sort does not have to be blessed and published exclusively by the traditional literary gatekeepers of days gone byMy Kindle account is cluttered to near capacity with books I have downloaded from my partake of the many many Indie Author giveaway promotions that are always going on Unfortunately I am sorry to have to say I am unable to finish most of these books that I attempt to read The reasons are many but it all boils down mostly to the books being either poorly edited or without a compelling story There is so much Indie Author detritus out there perhaps even including the work of yours truly that it can become disheartening to even the most fervid believers of the Indie Author movement But I am one of those fervid believers and it is because of this belief that I host the Indie Author Book Selection Review The IABSR is my means to help me find the best that the movement has to offer and a medium for which to share these finds with as many readers as possibleI am very happy to have found Xylindes's work and even happier share my high regard of it with all of youWhen I read a book with the intent to review I always read with pen and notebook at hand for one way I make judgement of the work is by highlighting the good and bad of it the good with the marks of stars and exclamation points and the bad with the marks of strike throughs and uestion marks Regardless the book I read whether it's published independently or traditionally it always receive markups of both kinds with the indie published books typically having way of the bad kind than the goodHowever Xylinides's book had so many stars cluttering the margins that it became a pointless endeavor His ability to craft a sentence is magical And they are some of the best I have ever read The way he describes the scenery below and the mental reflections of the pilot as he observes it from above just moments before he drops upon it the bomb that forever changes our view of warfare and of ourselves is both heartrendingly tragic and breathtakingly beautiful all at once And then his description of the impact of the explosion and the death and damage it causes moved me such that I had to put the book down for a while in order to collect myself Those are just two examples of such fine craftsmanship found all throughout the book This highly evocative read at times channeled in me the feelings I had of when first reading something along the lines of a Flaubert or a BalzacYou may be reading this zealous perhaps even overzealous promotion of Xylinides's book and wondering to yourself if it is as good as Brindley says it is then why only four stars? Why not five?Good uestion As good as the book is it is not perfect Most books aren't In fact if I remember correctly there is only one five star review that I've written And where Xylinides's book succeeds it is also where it while not failing at least causes enough disturbance in my appreciation of it to knock it down a starWhat I appreciate most from a good read is not its crafty sentences but its ability to take me away from reality for long periods of time What is most critical to me when reading is attaining that Zen like place of verisimilitude The longer a book is able to hold me within that heavenly zone of literary satori the overcome by and appreciative of it I will be when finished The truth is Xylinides's writing was so impressive and so often so that it literally pulled me from the story because of it And after a while it almost felt like a distraction as I would have to then work to get back to that inner space where the magic truly happens Another distraction and I almost hesitate to mention it because compared to all the other attributes the book possesses it may sound petty but the lack of commas ended up being a pretty big deal to me I believe that if there is a natural pause in the momentum of a sentence then that is where a comma belongs A comma's job is to signal and allow the reader to take that natural break that the sentence is calling for Unfortunately Xylinides does not follow this comma convention of mine and it left many of his sentences without guideposts that are essential for fluid reading and deep comprehension Now I do not believe Xylinides does not understand this; I believe he does but chooses not to follow convention perhaps as an artistic statement of some sort His is a challenging subject that he took on as a matter of literary courage and conviction I suspect it was not an easy challenge for him to overcome Why then should we the reader have it any easier? His success in overcoming such a challenge must be ours as well As that for which we work hardest for is that for which we appreciate most Still a distraction is a distraction regardless how artistic and stylistic it may beWhile these distractions are significant to me they are not nearly weighty and serious enough for me to lose my faith in Xylindes's ability pick up the guidon of our movement and hold it high as he leads us in our charge toward Publishing Independence and Literary Respect The Wild Horses of Hiroshima certainly ranks as some of the finest writing of the Indie Author movement; additionally I feel very comfortable saying that it just may rank as some of the finest contemporary literary fiction being written regardless the publisher or lack thereof But my opinion of the book is just one which is why I strongly encourage all of you who are also believers and supporters of the movement to purchase this book and if you feel as strongly about it as I do to review it and continue to spread the word that it is truly a work to be reckoned with as it just may be the template of success that all Indie Authors nay all authors wish to attain This review originally appeared at kurtbrindleycom


  2. Jason Greensides Jason Greensides says:

    Elegiac Profound and Astoundingly Beautiful Paul Xylinides’s The Wild Horses of Hiroshima An incredible thing happened to me this week While searching Twitter for literary authors one tweet blurred into a myriad of others bubbled to the oily surface of my handheld device It was a sweetly succinct and poetic sentence tweeted by someone with a painted profile picture giving me the impression it was some spam tweeting robot that merely posted inspirational uotes from famous dead people It being Twitter I continued to scroll until that bizarre sentence finally seeped through the vestiges of my sleep deprived consciousness and I found myself scrolling upwards again to give it a second look I had just discovered Paul Xylinides who might very well turn out to be one of the most important novelists of our time The Wild Horses of Hiroshima begins where you might expect the destruction of that city played out through the eyes of Miyeko a little girl whose father in the wake of war banned her from reading The Last of the Mohicans – another novel about racial identity in times of war The destruction of Hiroshima as seen through the eyes of Miyeko and a B52 pilot manages to be both devastating and arrestingly beautiful a feat incredibly hard to pull off which in lesser hands might come off as twee but which actually plays out like the rest of the novel something akin to Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima mon amour written by a nineteenth century poet novelist Although the bombing of Hiroshima sets into motion the events of the book the pain and confusion of all the characters might well be placed into a broader context of the past humanities violent history a wound Miyeko’s son Yukio through his own fiction attempts to address and absolve us from All the characters are affected by the bomb – Miyeko herself Jonathan Springborne Yukio and Satoko the ‘fictional’ creations of Yōkō and Mura – in a story as much about diaspora and existential survival in a world where everyone feels “cold distant and outside of time” Strangely however although they find themselves outside of mainstream Japan they still remain inextricably linked to it not just through the shock waves of the bomb but through earthuakes and tsunamis and the violent and lingering presence of Japanese history These themes are of course subtextual in a novel entrenched in nineteenth century literature yet for all that the work is deeply modern There is a postmodern metafictional aspect in the novel the story within a story where the lives of Yukio and Satoko are mirrored in the ‘fictional’ lives of Yōkō and Mura Both Yukio and Yōkō have dead fathers both were rebuffed by girls at an early age and both seek a balm for their wounded souls through physicality the former through sumo wrestling the later through gangster life What’s interesting and really uite cool about this is that when we read about Yōkō we do not follow him through words written by Yukio but through the narration of Xylinides himself which blurs the lines between the story within the story between fiction and non fiction making the wavering border of a Japanese inner and outer life fluid and translucent But for all its fluidity it’s only fair to mention that often Wild Horses is a difficult novel possibly exacerbated by the lack of commas early on; however even if these commas been there it would still not have been an easy read but at least the author’s style of prose although at times difficult is always rewarding Which beings me to my final point Because if you were in any doubt about whether this novel was worth your time based on what I’ve said so far I’m hoping that what I’m about to say will not only sway you towards reading it but will be the thing you enjoy most about the book the thing that really blew me away The prose The elegant mind twisting sentences This guy can weave sentences – some of the most beautiful poetic and perfect sentences you could ever hope to come across I do not say this lightly He’s written some of the most incredible sentences ever put on paper There were times when I laughed out loud in pure joy at the sheer mind boggling wizardry of Xylinides’s writing I was going to pepper my review with some examples but you really should discover them for yourself But for those in any doubt here’s a short one“Dark twisted tree branches spouted leaf hung filigrees where a breeze folded origami from the air” If you have any interest in literary fiction it’s essential you read and review this important and dazzling book Oh and in case you’re interested Xyclinides tweets random sentences from his works in progress and that was one of the tweets I stumbled upon and I’ll leave you with it “A spider web of stars caught the struggling mind until sleep brought an illusion of escape” This review was first published at jasongreensidescom


  3. Simon Simon says:

    I'm no literary expert far from it but I like to think I know a great book when I read one I think books for me fall into two categories enjoyable leave your brains at the door and enjoy and then there are those who are talk about because of their literary elouence and wider contribution to literature This is one of those books that fall into the latter I fear any summary I provide will fail to do it justice and will just say it was one of the most moving books I have read


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The Wild Horses of Hiroshima ❰Epub❯ ➞ The Wild Horses of Hiroshima Author Paul Xylinides – Thomashillier.co.uk “Think of a city whose inhabitants respect than each other and their own interests Its destruction would not be a crime against humanity but a crime against life They might not bomb such a city “T “Think of a city Horses of PDF/EPUB ¶ whose inhabitants respect than each other and their own interests Its destruction would not be a crime against humanity but a crime against life They might not bomb such a city “There is no moral reason for humanity to continue if its ends are limited to itself And this is how we must stop seeing ourselves This is why we destroy each other If we disregard the life around us why The Wild eBook ß should we not be eually disregarded” Mura a young performance artist in The Wild Horses of Hiroshima.

  • Paperback
  • 244 pages
  • The Wild Horses of Hiroshima
  • Paul Xylinides
  • English
  • 15 January 2016
  • 9781502428844

About the Author: Paul Xylinides

This profile has to Horses of PDF/EPUB ¶ reach as far back as it can since in this case meaning begins there No one knows my grandfather’s original name At an undetermined age he fled Russia’s civil wars in the early th century and arrived in Greece where he fashioned an identity for himself that was uniue and yet of its place Xylinides translating as one occupied in some fashion or other with wood ξύλο n.