The person you love most, your soul mate, is dying from a vile, rare, painful, incurable cancer. You have to watch on, helplessly, as she struggles with the mental and physical pain, knowing you can do nothing to fix it, or take it away from her. She never complains, or wears her illness like a badge. History is repeating itself, bringing back similar, painful memories from years ago. What do you do? Well in reality there is nothing you can do, except care and love. Do you ask your God for help? Why do bad things happen to good people? David writes about his feelings of loss, desolation, and impending loss, sometimes using explicit language. But also injects humour, because it helps him survive. His thoughts lead from places and things which inspire, to real heroes, then to others, some of whom are in positions of authority, and would never match up, because they bulge with self importance. His thoughts, sometimes bizarre and banal, through unpretentious verse, short stories, and biographical episodes, provide an insight as to what drives him on, taking the lead from his lover and best friend, to never give up, and to survive.
David Wood's book 'In The Shadow of Amiantus' falls into this latter category. As a work of prose, poetry and autobiographical short stories, it
is rather unique; not only for it's cutting insights into human nature, but also for the humour and the tragedy woven into the text. Unusually composed, In The Shadow of Amiantus is far more than just another collection of memoirs and amateur poetry; it is a brave and uncompromising look at life, and at the fragility, futility and incredible resilience of
the human condition.
Read it. You won't be disappointed.
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