I am excited to announce that The Feet Say Run is now available! I met Dan maybe about a year ago on a poetry forum. First of all, he’s an incredibly gifted poet and wordsmith. His poems tell stories with humor, great imagery, beautiful turns of phrase and–something the musician in me especially appreciates–a beautiful flow and rhythm.
Not surprisingly, we got to talking about writing, and he mentioned Lisa 33, a book he’d had published by Viking some time ago, a quickly written satire on modern society, set entirely in a chat room, written in the format of a chat room conversation. He’d also, he told me, written two more serious and far better works. I asked to read them.
I was amazed and impressed with both! I rarely have time for reading these days, and hate reading on a computer screen, but these books drew me right in and kept me hooked. What struck me about both books was their true to life capturing of real people, real problems, caught in situations beyond their control, and doing the best they can.
These are flawed characters, just like all of us, and I think they’re powerful insights into human nature. Yet Dan writes with beauty and with great humor. The Feet Say Run is a tragic, horrible story in many ways–a boy growing up in the years just before World War II, in love with a Jewish girl, yet under pressure from many sides to join the Wehrmacht. His adult years are scarred by the consequences of his actions, the trauma of war, those he lost, the things he’s seen, and in his final years–we learn as the story begins–he is shipwrecked on a desert island with six other survivors.
Tragic. Horrible. Awful. We see death, we see the worst of human nature. Yet we can’t help but laugh as his fellow castaways continue to argue about politics, as one decides to become a nudist, as Hans talks about coping with his late wife’s final illness.
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