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The Why Cafe by John P. Strelecky
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Mar 07, 12

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Read from March 04 to 07, 2012

This is definitely a cool book, and especially for those who feel frustrated, trapped, or unfulfilled in their daily lives.
The small stories and probing questions presented are great. One of the best ways this is carried is that throughout the book there is no "one size fits all" method. The author recognizes that different people have different needs, wants, and ways to carry those out. A lot is left to the readers' interpretation, which is one of the book's highest qualities.
The setting and introduction to the ideas is well conveyed, in how John, the hero, finds the Cafe, but the Cafe itself seemed mildly bland for how surreal or ghostly the author seemed to try to make it. The characters that exist in the Cafe are interesting, mysterious and full of insight and great allegories, but it seemed like the only reason they would talk is purely to set up a story. The dialogue seemed very boring or cheesy most of the time, unless a character was telling a story.
John himself was presented well. The author tells of how he came across the Why Are You Here Cafe on his way to a vacation away from his frustrating place of work. The reader never learns what John does for a living, his faith, his education, his family, and I think that was a good choice. This allows the reader to insert their self into John's place without excluding anyone.
This is a good book for readers looking for something more, but have not begun that journey yet. As someone who is on that journey already, some of this seemed basic, but as above, this would be great for beginners, or those who haven't started at all.
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