"That which the dream shows is the shadow of such wisdom as exists in man, even if during his waking state he may know nothing about it...." - Paracelsus
|The End of Athens|
set in the distant future, author Anthony Karakai's dystopian novel looks at one man's quest to find his purpose in life and to explore the means to fulfill it.
the story is really quite simple but it is Mr. Karakai's storytelling prowess that elevates the book to a different level. although it takes place in Greece, the events related could happen or are happening right now across the globe. economic inequity, political malfeasance and heroism are some issues that are discussed heavily. they are not fanciful ramblings nor exaggerated perceptions by the author. just tune in to your local news and you will agree that they all ring true. this makes the story thought-provoking, realistic and disturbing at times.
the main protagonist's forays into the world of dreams and the way they are described is impressive. the worldbuilding is also noteworthy.
overall, i loved the story. it might have been depressing because of its realism but it also had enough entertainment value to sustain my interest until the very last page.
*The End of Athens is available at Amazon. for more information about Anthony Karakai and his work, please visit http://www.anthonykarakai.com/
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