THE LOVE SONG of J. Alfred Prufrock
A Modern Reimagining
An experimental novella reimagining the main figure of TS Eliot's classic poem of memory, hopelessness, and loss in a contemporary setting. Approximately 20k words. "No one wants to hear a lonely middle aged man talk about cities or memory. No one wants to know that the world exists in a kaleidoscope of colors. For one man, indigo is life, and he does not have time for the man for whom yellow is."
Classic stories are just that, classic. The author took this story and retold it in a modern way. I like certain kinds of poetry but I did find this book THE LOVE SONG of J. Alfred Prufrock by Eliot one of the few that I have re-read several times. I didn't recognize any of the characters except Emily. It wasn't until I was about half way through the book the names of the characters started being told. I felt that not knowing their names gave some mystery to the book and made me want to learn more about the characters.
Another thing that I found that was interesting was the story is written in two different time frames. The present and the past. Ms. Daltry weaves the past and present together so that there is no confusion or lapse in the events. It was amazing seeing J. in his younger days and the memories of the past. Beautiful memories of his being in love and his world. The book had references to the original poem. They were rather hidden in the story but as you're reading you find them.I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the original THE LOVE SONG of J. Alfred Prutfrock or not, or maybe you like poetry.This story is just about people and the many things that go on in their lives, love, lost of love, death, lust and so much more. Poetry is like music to the heart. It can be sad as it can be happy.
I was given a complimentary copy of THE LOVE SONG from Sara Daltry for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.
I would give this book 4 HEARTS.