To each his own - this is one of my most beloved books. I just finished reading it a second time and am sure I will read it yet again. I gifted it to friends on my birthday after initially reading it, and I have just ordered 3 more gift copies. I am inspired by the story of a spiritual quest and the discovery of fulfillment in a life of utter simplicity. It is not an action oriented book but one of philosophy. I recommend it highly to those so inclined.
Jan 19, 2009
After a man is given a short time to live by his doctor he travels from the west where he has two grown sons and moves to Alabama. This book is a well-written account of what might have been his thoughts and actions. He was a reader and his favorite author was Tolstoy. He also enjoys poetry. Brewer entertwines the facts from his life with the possibilities of his thoughts masterfully.
Oct 23, 2008
Poet of Tolstoy Park: Fantastic
Loved it from page 1. Seven of eight of our book club members agreed. Made me want to get over to Tolstoy Park ASAP.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-02-14 A dying man's decision to move from Idaho to Alabama becomes a quixotic spiritual journey in Brewer's ruminative, idiosyncratic first novel, based on a true story. In 1925, widowed Henry Stuart learns that he has tuberculosis and will probably be dead within a year. Stuart's initial reaction is optimistic resignation, as he regards his illness as a final philosophical journey of reconciliation, one that sends him back through the writings of his beloved Tolstoy and other literary and spiritual figures to find solace and comfort. Despite the protests of his two sons and his best friend, he decides to move to the progressive town of Fairhope, Ala. There, he begins to build a round, domed cottage where he seeks to "learn in solitude how to save myself" and earns himself the sobriquet "the poet of Tolstoy Park." The plot, such as it is, runs out of steam when Brewer makes an ill-advised decision to jump forward in time in the last chapters, but the heady blend of literary and philosophical references and some fine character writing make this a noteworthy debut. Agent, Amy Rennert. (Mar.) Forecast: Book world support for Brewer-who owns Over the Transom Bookshop in Fairhope, Ala., and is the editor of the annual anthology of Southern writing, Stories from the Blue Moon Caf?-will be strong, as evidenced by blurbs from Pat Conroy, Robert Morgan, Rick Bragg and Winston Groom. Six-city author tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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