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The Loss [Paperback]

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The Loss by Wyatt Van Wendels

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Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.87" Width: 4.96" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.53 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2005
Publisher   Writersprintshop
ISBN  1904623352  
ISBN13  9781904623359  

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Death & Grief > General
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Death & Grief > Grief & Bereavement
3Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > General

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Awful. Seriously awful.  Dec 9, 2005
A memoir deconstructing a young man's response to his mother's death makes for worthy subject matter, certainly. But The Loss is so poorly written, so desperately in need of developmental and technical editing that it's simply unreadable. A drink, on me, for anyone who can give me an accurate exclamation-point count on the book. 'Cause there's a freakin lot of them! Admittedly, I did enjoy the book. Once. That is to say, one night, my friends and I (mostly attorneys, all of us would probably fall into the "semi-intellectual" category) were all stoned and I read a couple passages aloud and we loved it. But except to be used like that, you know, to get a few yucks and feel superior by mocking others' work, which is just mean, the book is just dreadful. In fact, I have to believe that those giving good reviews are friends or family members of the writer. They just have to be. Beware the self-pub'ed book!
Good Work  Nov 27, 2005
Maybe I'm easily impressed. I don't think I am. I believe if someone is telling a true, true story then how can it be bad. We are looking in on someone's life and experience, and I don't believe that can be a bad thing. much like this book. Here we have an account of someone losing a parent, and the effects this has on someone. It was interesting to read, even if you haven't experienced anything similar (I think most people would have) I think it had a nice easy to follow flow, and the styling was nice too.
Personally I would have like to have found out more about the family and maybe even a more intense insight into the state of mind of the writer but that is down to my opinion, and doesn't take away from what is already written.
Nice work
A great objective true story  Nov 10, 2005
I enjoyed this book. It's written with a real honesty, and the writer speaks as himself and not using terms, or language to be dramatic, or to contrive interest.
Reading it, I got a real sense of the person writing it, and the feelings he expressed.
I think the way the chapters alternate between era's is clever and more importantly fluent. As a reader you don't become lost.
The language is simple, and that is a plus not a negative. It's simple and mature, and I think it's done that way in order for the reader to see it as simply as it's written, and not because the writer lacks the ability to extend the vocabulary of the settings.
I've no doubt many more stories could have been added to the family history, and maybe even more emotions after the death, but it may have become diluted, and cluttered.
This way it's all clear, concise and well put down.
Good stuff
A nice book with a good honest story.  Nov 7, 2005
I've never felt the need to write a review before, but having read this book and seen some harsh comments here, I feel it's only fair to give another opinion.
I spent many years editing and proof reading magazines, and various publications, and can't understand why people are trying to pull this title to bits! Yes you could reason there are a few technical errors, but then we have websites dedicated to pointing out the mistakes of multi million dollar films that employ hundreds of people supposedly to avoid such things. They happen.
The story is written honestly and with maturity. It is also quite clearly written by someone who has been through an experience. So often today we read of people "telling" their story, but what we have is either someone else writing vast chunks for them (if not the whole thing) or a proof reader changing so much, that it hardly resembles what the writer started it out as.
Like most people who have read this title, I have experienced a similar loss, and I can relate to it, and was fascinated reading what someone else went through.
Whether the book was published by the top publisher in the world or by a printshop at the end of the authors street is irrelevant. Quality control is in the eye of the beholder.
A nice read, well put together, and worthy of some more positive attention
I really enjoyed this book  Nov 5, 2005
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was really easy to follow, considering it is constantly backwards and forwards from the present to the history, but without it being superficial.
It's a very personal story, but due to the subject matter, I think just about anyone can relate to this. You can empathise with the writer, without actually feeling alienated as someone who doesn't know the writer or his background.
It's a great insight into one person's loss, that all of us will have experienced at least once, in some form, in our lives.
Well worth a look

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