Tales of Jonathan
When Paul Garner begins preparing his part for a sixth form play, he forms a close friendship with Bethany who is to play a goddess. Because of an abnormally reserved and secretive nature, Bethany has always seemed inaccessible to those about her. From being a small boy at primary school, Paul... show more
When Paul Garner begins preparing his part for a sixth form play, he forms a close friendship with Bethany who is to play a goddess. Because of an abnormally reserved and secretive nature, Bethany has always seemed inaccessible to those about her. From being a small boy at primary school, Paul has felt a fascination for Bethany but until now has been unable to befriend her. He begins to learn the extent of her strange imagination and becomes haunted by the doubt that she herself may be a product of his imagination. Paul sets out on a journey into the Tales of Jonathan, allowing the power of his and Bethany's creative thought to take him into worlds beyond the boundaries of reason. He becomes lost within and between the tales, where characters change one into another. Place and time lose significance. Experiences are revisited in different lights. Attempting to redirect the tales, he finds that they merge and become intertwined so that the places, though seemingly different, share common themes. His ability to distinguish between himself, and Daniel, the character he plays,becomes obliterated. He is lost within the narrative, which often moves in directions not of his choosing. The reader accompanies Paul through the tales and between fiction and reality, becoming lost with him. Tales of Jonathan is a self exploration of one person's mind, culminating in his discovery of truth in the deepest chamber. By transcending the restrictions of rationality, he finds a new reality. Dreams which have no end are no longer dreams. His previous loss and grief have become the fiction; the tales of Jonathan are now his reality. It is a story about the power of faith and love. I believe that with reflective thought, the reader will find it a challenging and rewarding book.
Publish date: February 13th 2007
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English