Emancipation of B reviews

This novel is a real achievement. The characters are all very real and alive, but especially “B”. It is as if you portrayed in him something that lives in everyone, the stranger in society, family, a need to escape… Wonderfully written and really engrossing reading. The novel’s real achievement for me is that you portrayed the heroic journey in the most unlikely of circumstances, in the ordinary, urban situation, of a man who would seem to most a failure and yet, in the end, was the victor.

Lucinda Vardey – author of The Flowering of the Soul and God in all Worlds

 

When I was a student of literature and theater, one of the important rules about characters was that they change over the course of the drama. Another was that the novelist or playwright must create a character that the audience will care about. Sometimes that means we root for them, and sometimes it means we want to see them caught and stopped. Either way, we care. In this slim novel, the character B is almost the only one we see, and he is usually alone. Oddly enough, I felt mostly curiosity about him, yet quite eager to keep turning the pages to see what he would do next. He does change (hence the title), but the reader gets a definite sense that it’s only the beginning. This novel is a testament to inward attention, as the odd character of B can only reach emancipation by going into and through practices of intense stillness. It would not surprise me if he declared that the Light had let him see his “thoughts and temptations,” as George Fox said, and that mercy, power, and strength “came in,” in Fox’s words again. Emancipation sounds like an apt word for the process. Friends Journal, March 2016