by: Paul Nicholas Mason
Published by: Cowley Publications (March release)
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Reviewed by Debra Kiefat
In the small village of Lakefield, Ontario, population 2400, a blue-skinned statue of Jesus playing a flute has been seen by thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. Battered Soles is the focus of one such walk along the Rotary Greenway Trail to St. John's Anglican Church.
This is the first time I have been introduced to Canadian playwright, Paul Nicholas Mason. His writing reminded me of the Garrison Keillor, both are great observers of human nature and have a keen ability to perceive humor in obscure moments while maintaining a respectful writing style. Battered Soles is steeped in reminiscing about the choices Paul Mason has made in life, while looking forward to the wisdom each person he encounters on this pilgrimage will have to offer.
Many times I laughed so hard my ribs hurt and I could not breathe. As Mason exposed the foibles of some of the more unique characters he met on this pilgrimage, it was apparent he also had compassion and acceptance for them. Definitely I would recommend this book for its comic relief--and its thoughtfulness.
Armchair Interviews says: A very good read.
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