Dark Of Light – Book Overview

Dark Of Light
A Post-Modern Historical Romance Novel
Of The Ancient Mysteries .Of. Demeter At Eleusis

… … …
which, as usual in Romantic Post-Modernism,
has a Texas Cowboy stumbling toward Eleusis thru
a few wars & thru a Sacred Time Machine he hears of.
(. don’t worry .. author’s preface has a full apology for everything .)

Retail page{-Here-}

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.. A Note On Prose Style..

I’m trying for a net effect that might be called “symphonic realism”.
That is, I am trying to induce your brain to think about
as many things as possible simultaneously,
and so let your processes unveil whatever my Muses put in it.

And yes,
I was led in this by my heartfelt love for the “magical realism” style
of writers like Jorge Louis Borges, and painters like Frida Kahlo,
for they show Reality much like i experience it.

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.. Some Links ..

{-Here-} .. Retail Page: You can buy the paperback book
A standard type paperback for a reasonable price.
Size: 280 pages, 6 x 9 inches.

{-Here-} .. Excerpts in blog posts
Here’s how to preview the book. .. .. As i hope you’ll agree, this novel
contains so much interesting material that it cannot be previewed
here in this one post. .. .. This link gets a menu of the excerpts.

{-Here-} .. Blog Posts In Divine Sister Hecate’s Category
This is a separate menu than the option above. .. .. In the novel the
ancient hidden goddess HECATE is called “Mother Demeter’s Eldest
Daughter”. .. And She is the hidden driver of the plot. .. .. In these
posts i tried to find Her by understanding pieces that seem to
reveal Her. .. These posts mingle commentary with excerpts.

{-Here-} .. “The Illyrian Women” in blog posts
“The Illyrian Women” is a novella about the same religion as the novel
but set elsewhere later, .. .. For it’s during an economic collapse in the
Late Roman Empire. .. .. I wrote this while writing the novel, and did
a well-attended dramatic reading of it too, as a Comparison Study. ..
.. Here is the same faith in a time when you see Medieval Europe
hatching. .. .. Here it is in 5 blog posts.

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.. From The Book’s Back Cover ..

Would you like to learn the secrets of the old Greek Mysteries
the easy way, by story? By living story? That’s how they should
be learned. That’s how they were learned.

How about a story true and living now both in their time and
ours? That would be educational. Can that be done?

How about we weave a story in your mind, a story full of mental
magic tricks stepping off the page into your ancient brain, so
fully story that you give it life, so full of armillary spheres in
spheres that by electric turnings, in synaptic harmony and
dissonance, they echo chimes into, it seems, infinity and
by the play of shadow shapes display inside your eyes
some old undying present true realities?

Can that be done? That would be fun and interesting.
There’s lots of people in the story. People fall in love
and struggle with their possibilities and duties.

How would life be in a civilization with very high expertise
at crafting spiritual experience? We find that place amid
the fierce wild tumult of Pagan Greece in late antiquity
on the world-famous pilgrimage to holy Eleusis.

A priestess and conqueror fall in love, go seeking healing of
grievous wounds, and find joy twenty-three centuries later.
Each has their own utterly demanding work to do – their
own sacred duty, power, suffering, hopes, fears – so their
meeting on this mystic journey is a union of worlds.

Along the way of this tremendous journey there are many scenes
of dazzling beauty and some of fearful ugliness. And there is
sex. Sexual intercourse is presented as the key to love and
love as the key to all good. Frank, lyrical, philosophical
and funny by turns, this adventure is a true romance.

And it is certainly a post-modern novel. It is a ragged piece
of work. Chunks of plot go missing. Characters become
confused. Facts are tossed like juggler’s toys. But
the reader is lured into a lively chat with a
brilliant artist
and
they weave a vivid web that seems as real as life.

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