Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Charlene Reviews: Say Not What If by Andrew Friedman

ISBN #: 978-1463627317
Page Count: 52
Copyright: 2011
Publisher: CreateSpace


This short story, written in poem form is about a man on death row. His message is that our time on earth is a commodity not to be wasted. This theme is explored through the life of a man who sacrifices his marriage and everything else for his career. He realizes much too late the terrible consequences of this decision, and then desperately tried to regain those lost years by making a much worse choice. The resolution of this latter choice involves an additional examination of the concepts of accountability and responsibility, redemption, and the morality of the death penalty.

Charlene's Review:

Say Not What If is an unusually written story. Channeling Dr. Seuss, Mr. Friedman takes us on a rhyming journey through a man's life, and how easily bad choices can take away everything important. There is much to learn from this story, regardless of its format. The virtues of being a husband over workaholic, the price of a life, and the morality surrounding the death penalty are all examined. The paradox of a mans dying despair with the lyrical rhyming was intoxicating. Easy to read, and emotionally provocative, Mr. Friedman has written a truly unique short story. Look forward to seeing what he comes up with next!

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