The Dust in Sunlight

The Dust in Sunlight is a hybrid compilation part memoir, part fiction of travelers tales by new writer Christopher Rees that run the gamut from contemporary social realism and globalism to mystical realism These deeply reflective stories mainly told through the eyes of the peripatetic Daniel Lookfar span several countries and continents Afghanistan, France, GuaThe Dust in Sunlight is a hybrid compilation part memoir, part fiction of travelers tales by new writer Christopher Rees that run the gamut from contemporary social realism and globalism to mystical realism These deeply reflective stories mainly told through the eyes of the peripatetic Daniel Lookfar span several countries and continents Afghanistan, France, Guatemala, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and the United States In this intriguing collection, Rees illuminates how politics, wealth, history, migration, and culture influence human interactions to create fate From the leafy heart of a forest in the south of France, to cornfields in the Dominican Republic, to the dusty expanse of Afghanistan, The Dust in Sunlight reveals worlds at once foreign and familiar, with unforgettable characterizations and frank observations of human behavior.The stories In Shoes, Rees explores the symbiotic relationship between visitors to the small community of Olancho and its inhabitants Along with the traveler s sense of dislocation, language, wealth, and the status of the outsider all play a part in what arises when the first world meets the developing world each hoping the grass is greener on the other side.In The Peanut Man we find a gentle force of nature, a curious emanation of uncomplicated beauty and tranquility originating in the figure of a humble Guatemalan peanut seller, spending his days under the harsh Central American sun Rock Steady is a singular story, an enigmatic tale set in France that conveys an undercurrent of mysticism and a shamanic fascination with sacred spaces and mysterious forces The Caseta Pepsi tells of dreams come true against the backdrop of a small snack bar at the foot of the Rio Dulce bridge The na ve hopes of its owners and the ironies of their experience are seen through a convergence of viewpoints, as the spiraling narrative leads the reader on a journey to the heart of paradise in a Mayan village Thank God It s Raining tells the story of an archetypally good, simple, subsistence farmer and his warm, companionable, hardworking wife their love for the land and their faith persist in the face of adversity The Rinse Bowl at the Mexican Dentista recounts an experience, at once painful and funny, that takes place at a dentist s office in a dreamlike, late 20C, vaguely mythic Mexico.These and other stories form the fascinating composite of travelers tales that make up The Dust in Sunlight.
The Dust in Sunlight The Dust in Sunlight is a hybrid compilation part memoir part fiction of travelers tales by new writer Christopher Rees that run the gamut from contemporary social realism and globalism to mystical r

  • Title: The Dust in Sunlight
  • Author: ChristopherRees
  • ISBN: 9781453721162
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Dust in Sunlight”

    1. Before I start anything, I'll have to admit that I have always gone for those light-hearted novels that do not involve too much thinking. But this sure needs thinking. Lots, in fact.I'd received this book from the author (which I am very grateful for) last December and I'd promised to read it the moment I can. Well, took me long enough. Preparing for the first term exam was really no joke and I barely make it out alive.This book is beautifully written, complete with vivid characters that have di [...]

    2. I was fortunate enough to win "The Dust in Sunlight," by Christopher Rees from the giveaway (Thank you Christopher). This is a collection of powerful short stories that are part memoir, part fiction. The cover of the book to me fits it beautiful simple, but vivid.

    3. I'm having a lot of time organizing how I feel about this book. I generally enjoyed the read, although I can't put my finger on exactly why. It doesn't have any of the elements I normally look for in a book. While not an extraordinarily well written book per se, the writing is somehow very vivid. The writing is simple, but it also paints some really beautiful pictures. I actually really liked the perspective changes- sometimes Daniel is merely in the background; sometimes he is the narrator; som [...]

    4. All in all, good little stories written in a very sensual way.There were a few storys and characters which I really liked.The best part was the final story, the letter exchange between Daniel and Helen.I finished this part in an instant cause I know how much a friend, a lover can mean to us, even if they live far apart, and rarelly we can meet with them. I had, and still have friends from all over the world, even if we dont talk everyday with each, I still miss some of them and recall them frien [...]

    5. I've received the book for free through First Reads a couple of months ago.The book is a collection of strange stories. The writing aims to be "sensual and vivid" (stole these words from other reviews), but it just didn't work for me, didn't pull me in. Probably because the third-world country setting is not for me at all. (It's something I'm not interested in, I'm indifferent to the things that appeal to the writer.) But I did enjoy the personal parts of the book. I can see the fascination wit [...]

    6. There was something very real about his storytelling which drew me into each story. I was a little disappointed with the ending after his intense conversation with the woman half way across the country - I almsot expected it all to work out between them, but the last minute twist of him returning to his more exotic life with a far more exotic woman made me appreciate that he was being very true to his free spirited nature. I could identify with his desire to explore, travel and to almost become [...]

    7. This would have been a 3 if it wasn't for the last, longest story, which was such an emotional punch to the guts that I still haven't recovered.

    8. I loved The Dust in Sunlight , some of the stories made me think, all of them sent me travelling to the country where the story unraveled. Great book!

    9. I really wanted to have the paperback too add it to my collection of the short story but I can't wait for the paperone to read "its great short story "

    10. I received this book for free in a giveaway. A praise worthy combination of memoir and fiction. i wish i could give it a 3.5

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