Recent Reviews for T. William Phillips
Restless Heart (Book) - 9/14/2010 12:47:35 AM|
Everything in this book, right from it's title, fits so well. The main character,Konrad Quintero de Leon,takes us on a wonderful journey,(where we learn so much about the history of the nineteenth century in such interesting style), as seen through his eyes, and because the story is written in the first person, we come to know Konrad and what he experiences and feels very well. All, from the imagery to the questions that are raised are presented so well, that it is incredible to me that someone so young could write with such ease and grace.
Restless Heart (Book) - 8/10/2010 9:58:55 AM
by Barbara Miller - Pacific Book Review
T. William Phillips emerges on the literary stage of greatness with his destined-to-be-epic novel Restless Heart. “To thine own self be true,” echoes from William Shakespeare, whereas “Justice by God. Truth by will. Duty by heart,” will be etched in the memory of the readers of T. William Phillips’ exquisite novel.
The book is appropriately titled Restless Heart, as “restless” is indeed the proper adjective to describe the heart of Konrad Quintero de Leon. The reader is taken on a journey throughout the expanding United States of America during the mid 19th Century, a formative era often overlooked in contemporary literature. Written in the first person, as if it were an ambrosial diary professing the most intimate thoughts and observations of Konrad, the reader gets immersed within this novel. It is fair to say the book is written within Konrad’s mind. The events are seen through his eyes, the dialog from his words or to his ears, his destiny chosen by his thoughts, revealed only to him as well as to the privileged readers. This creates a most memorable experience, transporting one into a surrealistic zone laying witness to this man’s life from within his mind, through the words of his narration, as honest as a confession to God.
Phillips writes a complex storyline not unlike how Charles Dickens’ told his story in his novel Great Expectations, is reminiscent of love’s passion and tolerance similarly to Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, and exhibits the power of destiny like in Doctor Zhivago from Boris Pasternak’s novel. Yes, those are bold statements, I realize, but that’s the tone of Restless Heart. Take, for example, an excerpt when Konrad was fighting with the Texas Rangers Phillips writes:
“What if I die here today? I asked myself. What if this is the last thing I ever do? Has my time come so soon? Could it be? Is it possible that my fate is to die here in the walls of this Mexican city? If it is my fate to die now, will I be happy with the life I leave behind? No! There is so much more I must do! So much I don’t know!”
T. William Phillips has certainly done his research establishing his characters with complete credibility, conviction and confidence. Paralleling history with exact adherence to people and events which helped shaped this country; he interlaced human conduct within his characters with an inherent wisdom beyond his years. The self-evident amount of work that has gone into his creation shows a humble respect for those fortunate enough to find the opportunity to read his novel. My advice to all is if you can’t find the opportunity to read this – make it. This book should be required reading by English Literature courses and novelist’s workshops. Impeccable in presentation, T. William Phillips is by all accounts destined to become renown in our day as a contemporary literary force and an inspiration to all writers
ReaderViews Review (Article) - 9/2/2010 11:31:58 PM
I ordered my copy a few days ago....am so looking forward to reading this.
The Accursed (Poetry) - 10/26/2012 5:56:13 AM
Too bad he cursed poetry so young ... or maybe not ... though he should have cursed Paul Claudel before he hid ... powerfully done!
Song of the Vagabond (Poetry) - 12/6/2011 8:16:50 PM
An epic delight to all lovers of travel and adventure indeed!
Enjoyed this earthy, moving song poem,T!
Looking forward to more...
~ Z B McClure
Song of the Vagabond (Poetry) - 12/24/2010 4:09:40 PM
Absolutely Beautiful! I love it. This helps the vagabond part of me feel honored rather than the loathed I've grown accustomed to.
Restless Heart (Poetry) - 9/14/2010 6:18:33 AM
An outstanding poem, T, I like it a lot.
Restless Heart (Poetry) - 9/10/2010 1:18:25 PM
Absolutely beautiful! I can relate to this very deeply as I live a similar life and have realized that all roads lead to. . .me.
Song of the Vagabond (Poetry) - 9/7/2010 6:04:28 AM
T. William, I Love Your "Song of the Vagabond"
This poetry offering is visual & so expressive
It Reads Out Loud Perfectly!!
Thank You For Sharing
& I am very pleased to read you
Wayward Beggars-n-Paupers Thoughts
The Accursed (Poetry) - 9/3/2010 6:46:45 AM
The Accursed (Poetry) - 9/3/2010 5:10:02 AM
Very well written poem.
The Accursed (Poetry) - 9/3/2010 2:55:56 AM
Wonderful writing sweet man..enjoyed very much..stay safe and well..Hugss
The Accursed (Poetry) - 9/2/2010 11:49:39 PM
Word choices, phrases and the repetition of, "Ah! he curses and he curses well," all work together to make this a masterpiece. I have a feeling that you are a poet who writes from life experiences along with an incredible imagination. I also think you are a writer who causes readers to "take notice." Yours is an exceptional talent for someone so young.
Song of the Vagabond (Poetry) - 8/30/2010 1:14:25 AM
"Who not only taste the food, but the hands that prepared it" and "O! you brave vagabonds, hair of wheat and clothes of wool Youthful and mature, reflecting eyes of constant wonder Hardened and sensitive, a kiss for every stranger that you meet," I love these lines. Filled with wonderful imagery...you take us along for the ride.
Restless Heart (Poetry) - 8/30/2010 1:09:26 AM
Powerful yet gentle at the same time...you have a wonderful use of language...am happy to have found your work. Heartaches, heartbreaks,loneliness, restlessness...the list goes on...all parts of the human condition...but as for hopelessness...I learned long ago that there is always hope...sometimes we just need to look a bit harder to find that glimmer. Like this, very much.
Song of the Vagabond (Poetry) - 8/1/2010 5:05:54 PM
quite a creative journey ... solid imagery melding nicely with tone and diction ...