Is a verbal portrait a valid concept? If so, these pages contain two vastly different portraits- one of a dying drunk, another of an 18-month-old child. The preface makes it clear these are not... More > stories. The first portrait is drawn within an old farmhouse. The second portrait is drawn with an amusement park in the background. Like traditional portraits, these two verbal portraits may be analyzed from various angles. But, ultimately, the viewer is seeing the portrait painter himself. "Every man's work," said the novelist, Samuel Butler, "whether it be literature or music or pictures or architecture or anything else is always a portrait of himself."< Less
Julianna, the lead story in this collection of short stories, is the seed of Dan Carroll’s Slum novels—the award winning Slum, and the sequel, Slum Song.
The short story, Julianna, was... More > originally thrown onto the “scrap heap” as Dan explains in the Preface, but because of the potential of its characters—
Julianna, Alba, Robert, and Donna—the story had been reevaluated and the characters reappear in the novels.
Presented in this book are ‘stories of passion.’ In addition to Julianna, a story of impassioned love between Robert and Julianna, Caresse exemplifies the passion of lust, Holding Hands the passion of infatuation, Purge the passion of fury, and Christmas Tears the passion of a young girl struggling to become her own person.
Many of Dan’s short stories are the result of his global adventures which have ranged from the Middle East to the Czech Republic to countries of the Caribbean and Central America. Stories in this collection reflect some of
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SLUM is not the typical boy-meets-girl love story.
Their situation is impossible. Robert is a sophisticated president of an organization in New York. Julianna is a former stripper living in a slum... More > on a Caribbean island. Besides, Robert already has a girlfriend; he is not looking for someone else, especially not a married ex-stripper from the far-away Cienaga slum!
But, as fate would have it, a six-year-old child, Alba, is the force which brings them together into a rebellious and passionate entanglement which transforms both of them into a deep passion for life itself.
An intoxicating love story? A tale of hope for a dying child? A philosophical drama on morality? Reviewers have said SLUM has it all.< Less
With his headquarters in flames, and the slum in a state of panic, Robbie must curb his idealism and confront the reality of an island convulsed in revolution, while at the same time support and... More > comfort Julianna, who struggles to bring life into a world that knows only death.
Romance, love, passion, and suspense drive this fast-paced adventure which takes twists and turns to the point where Robbie and Julianna have difficulty holding on to the life they'd built— a life which disintegrates before their very eyes.
SLUM SONG is the second novel in Dan Carroll's Slum Trilogy. Already published is SLUM. The third novel, SLUM FEVER, will be published by Vanity Press Books in 2015.
“Safe to assume that the realism… emanates from Dan Carroll’s firsthand knowledge and experiences in the slums.” —Clarion Reviews< Less