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One is Me...Across the Street, down the Block, and Everywhere else
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Publisher:  Aventine Press ISBN-10:  1593304633 Type: 


Copyright:  March 17, 2007 ISBN-13:  1593304625

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A mythical look thorough the eyes of a cynic, child....minister and neighbor speaking up for their individual rights and together as one.

 One is an almost mythical relationship between people and places of the past and present as seen through the eyes of a cynic, pessimist, child, traveler, caretaker, teacher, minister and neighbor as they speak of themselves throughout the entire book.

What is remarkable is that throughout the book, the characters interelate their stories with fresh dialog, as if they are talking to each other, about each other, with surprises around many corners.

The chaotic flow of events, from the terrors of growing up, senility to sex scandals, death, crackpot clergy, afternoon delight, menopause and deceit, all interspersed with poetic snippets from moments in the characters lives.

The uniqueness of the writing leads you to believe that all the characters may be individual characters alone by themselves or may be one character alone in a constant state of change.

While mixed with sympathetic and idiosyncratic traits, the characters offer a "shoot from the hip" frankness about life with many surprises. W.R. Mertens leaves those answers up to the individual reader.
"This house was a real love land haven for afternoon delight passion".

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The book ONE IS ME... seems to be about a character or characters that are growing up and experiencing life and all the terror of it. I found this book to be very interesting because from the beginning, the character seems to be tellinga story from when he was younger and the problems his family has had. The character of the book seems to have had a rough life growing up and experiencing his father's taxi service that in the end led them to go bankrupt. These are problems that most of us are sometimes faced with. It kept my attention through the book as he was experiencing them. I found that the writing was very powerful and miving and sometimes difficult to understand just what things were and that the main character seemed to be more than just one person. Life is made up of many different people and places that all interact with each other. Throughout the book, the characters all come together to become one or someone who is telling about his own life. For soembody that does not read very much I found this book to be one of the best books I have read. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys reading. I really found ONE IS ME... worth my time to read. I read it and when I had gotten to the end of the book I had wanted to go back to the beginning and read it over. I found that the book left me feeling happy about myself and I want to read more. I want to read more titles by Mertens. - DYLAN NOLF

ONE IS about a boy who goes thorugh all these problems when he was a kid and thorughout his life. The people he met and relatives he dreaded are all throughout the book.

I think the purpose of this book is really the pursuit of happiness in every persons life. The boy grew up loosing his father, grandfather, brother, grandmother, other relatives and his mother. He had to get by all these obsticles just to have a happy life. Like when he was eighteen, his mother packed up and left and he had to get out of the house in 30 days. Later finding a home that he could afford. He had to get through that all by himself. He also had to get around his aunt which he refers to her as Hitler. She always controlled everything that was going on, including the poor dears husband. The author does get his meaning through and thats what matters. Among other strengths I found were being able to get deep into though and make you really think. I totally agreed with the author on all his arguments and statements because they were really thought through. The book had many moments that were terrible for this man, but somehow he overcomes them all. The book left me with the impression of never giving up for anything. Never to exit and stand up for yourself. An impressive book! - ZACH PAVEK

In ONE IS ME... shows the struggle in life. The ups and the downs. Mostly the downs. A touching grip on human emotions is when the main character's mother passes away and he meets up with her family member/sister called Hitler. A mean, freedy, shellfish, control freak. Hitler just wanted to get control of the family fortunes and was caught making funeral arrangements even before the relative was even dead yet. The book is an exceptional read and shows the struggles of life and how things really go. Not like a Walgreens commercial where everythings perfect and peachy. - GEOFF KEPKA

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