The River by Michael Neale
The River was an unusual book. It was not the type of book I usually read. It's a story telling of sorts: the stories of the life of Gabriel Clarke. Is he a fictional character? We're not sure at the beginning of the story. And when our narrator begins to tell the stories of Gabriel's life, fact and fiction are closely intertwined.
As the stories of Gabriel's life unfold, we realize that The River is an allegory, a representation of God at work in our lives. And as Gabriel realizes the impact that The River has had in his life and comes to know more about his father and The River by reading The Journal, we see the correlations more and more.
I didn't enjoy this reading. I think, perhaps, it is mostly me. It's just not my kind of reading. Gabriel's life stories are interesting- especially if you like hearing stories. The writing style is very conversational and made me feel as if the author truly were with me telling me about Gabriel and his life. The reading is easy. I finished the book in one evening of reading. There's not a lot of 'meat" here, and some of the allegory is rather fanciful.
I think readers who enjoy allegory, who enjoy story telling, may appreciate this read more than I did. The style reminded me quite a bit of stories like The Shack.
I give it a 2.5 stars and a G rating for being appropriate for any reader.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.