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One Soul by Ray Fawkes
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Apr 11, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: graphic-novel
Read in June, 2012

This is really something of a minor masterpiece, in both it's scope and ambition. It is made even more endearing by legacy, in that it is dedicated to the authors son, who had died in childbirth. The book explores the conventions of death and the mysteries of a godless existence. It is done remarkably well, considering the complexities. I went into the book completely oblivious to the unusual structure, and was taken aback briefly, wondering how to proceed. Once the structure became clear, it is not at all difficult to follow the progress of each individual character, and at times they coalesce into a cohesive whole.

The one that has stayed with me the most is the first death... a boy who meets a senseless death (if there is any meaning to death) Such a meaningless death, no purpose given, just slaughter at the hands of a faceless enemy.

A thought provoking journey through the lives of seemingly disparate beings who are connected by an invisible force. Whether these are cases of reincarnation of one soul in various lives, or patterns of life similar but separate, I am not sure. But the larger questions, of god, of the meaning of existence, and the futility of life are universal mysteries that man has asked since time began.

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