Someone Else's Life

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When Edward saw the link on Craigslist that asked "Do you wish you could live someone else's life?" he thought that he did, but it was too good to be true. Weeks later, when he'd lost his cat, his girlfriend, and his job, Edward returned to the link, He didn't care that it may be a hoax. But what he found was that he could indeed be another person, but not in the way he had imagined. More
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Words: 12,130
Language: American English
ISBN: 9781311127372
About Cedrix E. Clarke

Cedrix E. Clarke is a pseudonym for a Kentucky writer that has written his entire adult life, but only recently began publishing. Cedrix has a professional day job in a small town in Kentucky and writes at night, and like most comic book heroes, he must protect his identity. Cedrix does not fight crime...not yet, anyway.

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Review by: Toni Smalley on April 08, 2014 :
"Someone Else’s Life" by Cedrix E. Clarke is about a man named Edward who feels like he has lost everything important in his life. All that defines him has disappeared, leaving him in a deep “well” of apathy. So, with nothing left to lose, he answers an obscure Craigslist ad: “Do you wish you could live someone else’s life?” Without even knowing what The Wheaton Foundation is advertising, he throws himself into an experience that will place him on a unique path to rediscovering himself.

The story is very entertaining in itself, but I was equally impressed by how Clarke weaves the underlying themes into the narrative so effortlessly. Edward’s journey illustrates how perception dictates our emotions and outlook on life by presenting simultaneously the differences between how people interpret experiences and relationships. By understanding how another perceives life, Edward is able to start unraveling his own opinions and views in an attempt to reach that moment of contentment when, even though one’s position is exactly the same, one values where they are in life and feel blessed with how they observe and experience the world around them.

Clarke’s descriptions are vivid, beautiful, and at times very poetic. One of my favorite descriptions is: “It was the only dish that Edward thought he could make, so simple and yet it had the complexities of flavor that made Edward think of a symphony, with instruments playing different parts, but all fitting together.”

I relate to Edward in how he chooses to escape the misery he feels for his situation by flinging himself into the experience the Wheaton Foundation offers. When I don’t want to deal with the things in my life, I escape by getting lost within a book. This made me realize I often avoid my feelings instead of dealing with them. I think that is just one of the messages that will apply to many readers. I don’t often take lessons from stories, but "Someone Else’s Life" did, and I highly recommend reading it.
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Review by: A. G. Bierce on April 03, 2014 :
There is no way someone can read this story and not wonder what they would do if it happened to them. Or go a step further and wonder if it could happen to them.
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Review by: Crystal Martin on April 03, 2014 :
This story "Someone Else's Life" is a real treat. It asks honest questions regarding human loneliness. Cedrix E. Clarke always writes with an authentic energy that doesn't preach or seek to answer those questions, but leaves the reader to think. I highly recommend giving this author a read. He's an up and coming speculative fiction writer that you don't want to miss.
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