"If you string together a set of speeches expressive of character, and well finished in point and diction and thought, you will not produce the essential tragic effect nearly so well as with a play which, however deficient in these respects, yet has a plot and artistically constructed incidents." - Aristotle, Poetics
|Vine: An Urban Legend|
in Louisville, mortals and gods conspire together and/or apart from each other as the production of The Bacchae , a Greek tragedy by the Athenian playwright Euripides goes underway.
reading Michael Williams' novel was both a strange and exhilarating experience from start to finish. the story is populated with an assortment of characters that are either made of flesh and blood or of divine origin.
the author's writing style is unconventional yet wonderfully executed. he uses contemporary language and combines prose and poetry with shifting points of view resulting in a surreal mesmerizing drama.
i did find the story difficult to follow at times. nevertheless it had its own appeal that continued to pique my curiosity until the last page.
overall, this book is a unique fusion of urban legend and Greek tragedy that may not be for every reader but it informs, entertains and never disappoints.
*Vine: An Urban Legend is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. for more information about Michael Williams and his work, please visit his blog at http://michaellwilliams.blogspot.com/ and follow him on Facebook.
my personal rating is:
Vine: An Urban Legend contains material not suitable for younger readers 15 and under
Disclosure of Material Connection: i have not received any compensation for writing this post. this is a fair an honest review and as part of a First Rule Publicity Tour i am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”