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Seam Pronunciation: \ˈsēm\ Function: noun Definition: the joining of two pieces (as of cloth or leather) by sewing, usually near the edge. By its very definition, a ‘seam’ represents the place where one piece ends, and another begins. What you can expect to discover in these pages, is what lies between the pieces. An unnamed character in an unnamed town is drowning in routine, and has grown to resent everything about his underwhelming existence... until all that he loathes about his lackluster life comes screeching to a halt. This nameless character is suddenly thrown headfirst into a journey toward a city of lights and the promise of a fulfilling destiny. The world as he knows it is ending, and a new life has not quite begun. This is the story of his stumble through the seam, and all of its absolute uncertainty.
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Mar 31, 2010“The Seam” by Patrick Watters. “The Seam” is a novella written in the first person, detailing every painstaking moment of leading an empty, meaningless life. Each chapter begins with the lyrics from a Dark Days or Fair song, the inspiration for the book. The lyrics are generally give an idea of what the chapter will be about. Through the use of extensive description (and at some points, a little excessive), we are taken into the world of the primary nameless character as he goes through his mediocre life. As a reader, and as a human being, there is much to relate to. A personal favourite moment of mine comes early on in the story, in chapter 4: “Cleanliness is so temporary in any way you look at it – skin, clothes… soul – eventually we all take on stains. It’s like that favourite shirt you bought a year ago. You loved it from the first day that you tried it on and wore it more than any other shirt. But of course over time the seams start to tear, opening to a view of the honesty... More > hiding underneath. Spaghetti and pizza sauce, over time make their marks along side of the slowly separating seams. I’d rather be happy with a worn-in, holey, speckled shirt, then part with it and turn it to rags.” The author uses imagery in such a way that makes it impossible to think of words in merely the literal sense, but rather to look deeper, and to find the hidden meaning, even if it isn’t necessarily what is suggested. There are so many different ways to look at the world, and how you’re feeling at that very moment can impact how you view a leaf falling, a cold breath, or even darkness. A word repeatedly mentioned, perhaps more than any other, is guilt. This is first explained in chapter 3 when the character describes his guilt for wishing death upon his sick and dying grandfather. The author does an excellent job of describing the form his guilt takes, a ghost. By the end, our nameless character ends up in the hospital, scared and alone, until he is greeted by a woman, who instantly calms him. He is in love, and for once, feels alive. I would have liked more description at this point, rather than at others, as this seems to me as the moment when the story gets the most interesting. It seems as though too much time was spent establishing the dirt and the darkness. We all can relate to the darkness, but we all strive towards the light. A good, quick read, especially on a rainy day.< Less
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- Patrick Watters (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- March 13, 2010
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.4 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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