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I Was Someone Dead [Paperback]

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Hieronymus Zoo has fled civilization to live on his own private island, away from the stress, pain, and drama that come from associating with other people. His idyllic lifestyle is shattered, however, by the nightmares that plague his sleep, and a horrifying monster that rises threateningly from the sea. But is the monster real, or just another creation of his mind? And what will Hieronymus do when a very real woman ends up on the island with him? It could end in tears, or maybe in love... or maybe the end of everything they know.

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Pages   136
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.4" Width: 5" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 29, 2005
Publisher   Oni Press
ISBN  1932664262  
ISBN13  9781932664263  

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A Fairly Good Book   Apr 17, 2008
The book is descent enough, but covers a topic that has been done several times in other books and movies, not only that it has also been done better. Still if the subject matter does not feel tired, you will find this book to be good. My suggestion is to give the book to a teenager or someone about to become a teenager. I believe this book would be at it's best as an introduction to this type of subject matter, being that it is simply written and easily readable.

Overall it is a descent read and takes little time( I read this book in about 4 hours). If you are new to reading books about finding one's self and understanding one's demons this will be a good book, but if you have read books like these before you may find it lacking anything new.
"The memories we select to share are what we use to let other people in"  Oct 22, 2006
This story examines a man (but it could just as easily have been a woman) who constructs a controlled environment for his world. His name is Hieronymus. He literally moves to an island "with his fish and a dog and as many books as he could fit in the walls," an island with no other people. "A person could live decently with only books," he reasons to himself.

When Hieronymus approached the edge of his world on the beach, an obscured and hard to describe "Thing" would consistently "arrive in a shriek of pain, linger for a handful of moments . . . then sink away," terrifying him regularly. The narrator asks, if The Thing only visits the man when he sleeps on the edge of his domain, and never when he sleeps in his bed in his home, why does he continue to sleep on the beach? Because it "brought him his greatest terror" and "his greatest peace." This book is about the struggle to overcome internal reasoning that leads to avoiding socialization.

Hieronymus takes great pains to avoid interacting with other humans. He has all his supplies delivered to the far side of the island while he is asleep at night. One day his ordered crate of books arrives with something extra . . . And that is where the plot summary portion of this review ends, because it is a clever plot, and I don't care to spoil it for readers.

This book is funny and smart. I laughed repeatedly, especially reading the Zen parable of Enyadatta. I enjoy stories of people overcoming personal hardships, and I like metaphors of slaying giants, but there was too little insight and wisdom into Hieronymus' final catharsis. It was a little too much, "just face it, beat it up, and keep on trying hard for one more day." Ironically, those ideas can be counter productive or insufficient to help many people who deal with these types of disabling social issues. While I learned things along the way and I recommend the book, I wanted more innovative & practical ideas and less cheerleading in the end.

A close friend of mine asked me, "What is the book you were reading about?" I didn't want to be insensitive or miss the point of her question, so I didn't say, "It's probably about more things than I understand." Instead I paused to think up a considerate answer, "It's about a person who has lost connection." "Why did they do that?" she asked. Again, the book is very good and there are probably many answers to that question. But I sensed she wanted a brief answer, and not a long discussion about the many possible answers, so I chose, "Probably because they never were taught how to connect."

"Does he ever connect?" she asked. This question was more than I could answer simply, so I finally yielded softly, "You would have to read the book to find out that answer." I didn't want to ruin the book for her, and to me, the answer is not clear for the following reasons: I tend to judge "coming of age" and "romance" stories not by whether or not the author tells us in the end either "he became more wise and mature" or "they found a love that was true and would last." Instead, in a coming of age story, I look to see how many really good ideas the protagonist learns. And in a romance, I look to see if the characters' interactions make their chemistry apparent and enduring.

In this book, the author tells us in the end that genuine change has occured, and a war has been won. But I'm not convinced the ideas and the means discovered by Hieronymus support the dramatic end declarations. And for me, that keeps this very, very good novel from being better.

If you want a better Jamie S. Rich story, with more realism and less dependence on fable, symbolism, & metaphor, I recommend "12 Reasons Why I Love Her" - a book that I give 5 stars.

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