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Ogni Cosa è Importante! (2009)

by Ron Currie Jr.(Favorite Author)
4.02 of 5 Votes: 5
880460140X (ISBN13: 9788804601401)
review 1: Provocative, well-written, touching. Simultaneously inspiring and depressing. Last star withheld because the writing was a bit bumpy/uneven and laggy in the middle.There was much that hit very close to home, in terms of issues that are often on my mind these days, e.g. mortality, meaning, destiny. author working out all the same existential issues that we all do, but that I’ve been really overtly struggling with lately, so it spoke to me.Currie develops deep, authentic characters and writes from these different perspectives amazingly well, believably and sympathetically. I love the tragic, heroic, long-suffering, self-sacrificing, Sisyphean father-hero, who is unexpectedly self-aware with a rich inner world. I missed Debbie’s/The Mom’s POV and wished we could’ve he... moreard from her again, both during her messiest, drunkest stage, as well as after she’d cleaned up somewhat. The female characters (aka Amy) did not seem to be as complex. I also missed more of Rodney’s perspective, which I imagine would have been extremely difficult to pull off after his childhood mishap and recovery. I thoroughly enjoyed the device used to bring Rodney’s perspective to life in that one chapter by using the transcript with the therapist; both ingenious and effective.The countdown and second person perspective was a bit odd/distracting and gimmicky in the beginning; couldn’t accept not knowing who the narrator is for a little while into the book. But I was eventually able to get used to it. I also wished for something SOMETHING a bit more in the last few paragraphs; something more enlightening, heartening, spiritually satiating - but that can alternately be attributed to my recent state of mind (“WHAT’S THE FACKING ANSWER ALREADY??”).The author's use of a ‘second life’ is a very impressive trick/device that works unexpectedly well. I do wonder why he didn’t choose an alternate universe where he could have prevented Rodney’s young cocaine-related damage, as well as his dad’s cancer - and maybe even his mom’s alcoholism - in addition to not telling Amy about the Destroyer of Worlds. Couldn’t he have saved them all in his second life?___________quotes: “You could not be more correct. It does matter. All of it.”“Listen: Everything ends, and Everything matters.Everything matters not in spite of the end of you and all that you love, but because of it. Everything is all you’ve got - your wife’s lips, your daughter’s eyes, your brother’s heart, your father’s bones and your own grief - and after Everything is nothing. So you were wise to welcome Everything, the good and the bad alike, and cling to it all. Gather it in. Seek the meaning in sorrow and don’t ever ever turn away, not once, from here until the end. Because it is all the same, it is all unfathomable, and it is all infinitely preferable to the one dreadful alternative.”“I’m not saying I have no regrets. Who would believe anyone who said that? When someone claims to regret nothing I just assume that he and I have different definitions for the word, and lave it at that.”
review 2: Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr. caught my eye because of the cover and title. I wasn't disappointed by my choice.This novel is a mixture of apocalyptic, psychological awesomeness. The story is told from numerous points of view, including that of an omniscient entity. As the title suggests, it forces readers to think about the importance of all aspects of life, even if they don't seem important at the time. Some portions of the story dragged and were a little dry, but, overall, Everything Matters! was a great read. less
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