Book Review: “The Opposite Of Art” by Athol Dickson

October 26, 2011 at 6:09 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Athol Dickson in his new book, “The Opposite Of Art” published by Howard Books brings us into the life of Sheridan Ridler, a master painter.

Before Athol Dickson became a master storyteller he was a master architect.  It takes great creativity, imagination and “smarts” to design a building that will fit within the specified acreage and have all the required components and still be spectacularly beautiful.  Now that Mr. Dickson tells stories he utilizes all the skills he developed in building buildings to build stories for us.

Sheridan Ridler, master painter, was also a selfish drug-user until a hit-and-run plunged him into the Harlem River. For several minutes, Ridler’s heart stopped beating. While he lay dead, he saw a beauty that for the next twenty-five years he’d wandered the globe trying to capture on canvas. His daughter, Gemma, who he did not know he had, when she heard he might still be alive, begins an active search for him. Gemma is not alone in her search.  The man who thought he killed Ridler twenty-five years ago is also looking for him and this time he intends to make sure he succeeds.

When Athol Dickson tells a story he builds it like an architect, start with the foundation and then each floor goes up methodically after the previous floor has been built.  When we finish an Athol Dickson novel we are left with a hugely satisfying sigh because we have enjoyed ourselves immensely.  But “The Opposite Of Art” also has beautiful themes such as can a person change?  What is the importance of a father to a daughter? and the wonder of family.  “The Opposite Of Art” is an amazingly beautiful story of how God can take our hurts and turn the bad into things that are good.   I liked this book and recommend this highly!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Glass Road Public Relations.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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