Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Review of Differential Equations by Julian Iragorri and Lou Aronica
This evocative, moving, and gorgeously detailed novel is the story of Alex Soberano, a contemporary man in crisis. A tremendously successful New York businessman, Alex finds it difficult to embrace joy and accept love. When his life threatens to boil over, he escapes for a brief respite on the West Coast. What waits for him there is something he never could have imagined.
When I first received the copy of Differential Equations, I was intrigued right off the bat with just the book cover. Here is a man at the edge of a mountain looking out over New York. His appearance at first thought is desperation. Or is it a breath of fresh air with his arms outstretched.
Getting into the book the reader is introduced to Alex, a 21st century, hard core business man who has made his mark not only from his great intelligence but his uncanny ability to read people. The story opens just as he has backed out on a business deal, argued with an ex-wife, has disappointed a current girlfriend and decides to go visit an ashram. This is all just in a few short pages.
As you continue to read on in chapters you are introduced to three other people in different time periods.
There is Vidente, a mysterious but well respected woman of her community who can read people through visualization of color. She learns of a trip that she must take that will alter her existences forever.
Then there is Khaled, a man who leaves his country for a better life for his family. He is hard working and establishes his own. However, tragedy seems to befall him but life smiles on him too.
Finally, there is Dro. A young man who arrives in the U.S. in order to start his life as a student at M.I.T. He is extremely intelligent in mathematics and economics. His story is complex and at times heart breaking but his tenacity and hard work always move him forward. Or does it?
At first when I started reading, Differential Equations I was confused as to what these other characters in years gone by had to do anything with Alex. It really made absolutely no sense but I kept reading!
The way the stories flowed, I could not help but get immersed in these characters. As I went on, I came to understand exactly what they had to do with each other. That very immersion happens when Alex goes to the ashram. What he thinks is going to be just a relaxing time, turns out to be oh so much more. For me, it was a mind bender.
I wish that I could indulge this book to you, my readers, but to do so, would give away the interesting plots and intrigue this book brings.
If you want to read an excellent fictional book, then this one is the one for you. It was for me as I read it in one day.
This book is 5 stars, hands down!
Disclosure: I was give a copy of this book for my open and honest opinion. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. This review was also part of the Providence Book Promotions Tour.
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