Joseph is an enigma. He speaks the truth, quotes great books and does good deeds. Word spreads and before long he has a following on social media and has spawned a new wave of kindness throughout the world. These acts do not go unnoticed by those in power. Who is this man? Where did he come from? Why is he striking a chord with his kindness and awakening a response humanity? Does he have an agenda? All of these questions pull you into a narrative that is both mystical and pragmatic. You keep reading because you want to absorb more of a world where one man can make such a huge difference by taking action. His simplicity and directness make you believe that all is that’s needed in the world is a dose of good old fashioned kindness.
From the first page, I was drawn into the world of Joseph. His eloquent quotations were inspirational and the candour in his delivery made each conversation a witty sparring match. This is a therapeutic read, something that resonates and offers a different outlook to the grim reality we all have faced in the first half of 2020. Ellory offers so much by using quotes from great writers on each page and lamenting the sad fact that few people bother to read books these days. It’s a whirlwind journey through literature as well as a story in itself. Ellory weaves a colourful tapestry of words from prominent writers and thinkers such as Bukowski, Hemingway, Dickens, Mark Twain and Tennessee Williams to name but a few. To add to that, each character has the name of a famous writer such as Emily Bronte or Rudyard Kipling. This increases the whimsical sense of fantasy in the book. Although the introduction of each does get a little repetitive, I found it gave an edge to the humour of the story.
R.J.Ellory described this departure from his usual storylines as “…funny, uplifting, life affirming and I’m sure it will entertain you.” The proceeds from the sale of every book will go toward funding the NHS. This is another reason to go ahead and buy a copy in solidarity and support of those who have supported us during the pandemic. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who needs a bit of humour and enlightenment in these challenging times.
This is independently published ISBN 979-8642397916