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Objects & Giants by Eric Norcross
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“Objects & Giants”, published in 2015 by author Eric Norcross is the latest installment to previous reads such as “The Violin Diary” (2007). Readers follow protagonist Julian, who within the routine of a New York City cosmopolitan life, is forced to return home and acknowledge the brutal truths and realities of a past life. For the protagonist, the memories of growing up in a small town surrounded by a cast of stereotypical high-school archetypes and dead-beats are ones he has worked hard to forget. It is the reception of a phone call that he is forced to confront his reasons for leaving it all behind.

Simplistic and pragmatic in nature, the story characterizes a strong sense of ‘dirty realism’ towards the seamier and more mundane aspects of ordinary life in spare, unadorned language. Removed are the grandeur statements of drama drawn out between characters or the inflated ‘internal struggles’ that so often plague fictitious protagonists. Void are any references to the “hero’s journey”, “trials and tribulations”, or “good overcomes evil” narratives. This is, in a pure sense, reading within the format of everyday life and reality as it is, and unfolds.

Never while immersed within the reading was I bogged down by pretentious detail or extraneous filler. Norcross demonstrates an innate skill in showing the realities of a person’s life that is no more different to our own. Within this framework, everyday life proves to be refreshing. Readers are able to observe and assess the nature of Julian’s situation, and establish parallels between his choices and their own.

At no time does the author’s ‘voice’ intrude, nor impair the overall tone of the reading. The story itself becomes an examination of reality, the unintended consequences that arise from choices and how one acts or reacts. “Objects & Giants” heightens the humanism of life and the unforeseeable nature associated with decision-making. We are prompted to reflect on our lives, the nature of decisions made and ask how aware one is of their choices.

We come to ask ourselves simply: Is one able to comprehend the consequences that choices carry in life and that willingness to accept and/or confront the weight of those outcomes? ”Objects & Giants” forced me to answer this question, and in doing so, revealed the nature of decisions that has contributed to defining the humanism in my life.
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February 29, 2016 – Started Reading
March 10, 2016 – Finished Reading
March 30, 2016 – Shelved

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Eric Norcross Hello Mike,

Thanks for your review. You have provided a lot of insight into the many aspects of the book, and you ask a very profound question at the end of your review, which I'm not sure can be easily answered--except in the context of the book and its characters. In my observations, few people seem capable of comprehending the consequences of their choices, which probably explains why people make the same mistakes over and over again. This is an unfortunate reality of the human condition, and the reason Julian is such a tragic character. He's unwilling to accept much of anything he cannot control, and his confrontations are typically forced upon him by others. He's a character that lets things gnaw at him, and when he cannot bury his demons any deeper he either resorts to vices to cover up the pain, or will up and relocate.

Thanks again for the review, and keep at it!

-Eric


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