Join Corbin Cobbs as he embarks on an unprecedented journey into thirty works of classic literature. In the process, he will interact with some of the most beloved and reviled characters ever created for the page or stage. It is an excursion of a lifetime, transpiring in the course of a single day that will change Corbin's perception of his world forever. More
Corbin Cobbs is a forty-three-year-old English teacher who is disenchanted with his mundane existence. In a span of fewer than fourteen hours, he will traverse the fields of his inner mind in order to discover the significance of his life. But he is a tormented soul, besieged by an illness that robs him of his consciousness at random times throughout the course of this day. It is in the midst Corbin’s “episodes” that he transfers himself into the pages of literature to interact with an assortment of the most beloved and reviled characters ever created for the page or stage. As the tale ticks by, with each chapter unfurling in linear time, Corbin learns about love and infidelity from the likes of Sir Lancelot, Hester Prynne, and Charles Bovary. He questions his valor and sacrifices during encounters with Hamlet, Henry Fleming, and Sydney Carton. He ponders the numbing effects of loneliness and manipulation through discourse shared with Frankenstein’s Monster, Grendel, and Iago. His mind transports him toward Chaucer’s medieval pilgrimage to Canterbury, and the tiered horrors of Dante’s Inferno. He will battle impulses of vengeance and the duality of his own nature by conversing with Captain Ahab, Mr. Kurtz, and Mr. Edward Hyde. What will become of Corbin as his life interweaves with the most memorable characters in the classic canon? The lessons he learns, of course, will endure for as long as the literature itself.
on Feb. 23, 2013 :
This creative and highly imaginative work is full of insight and wisdom. The realistic depiction of the protagonist's life drew me in and kept me reading. A disillusioned high school teacher, a cheated husband, and a man who has too long denied his desire to be a writer: Corbin Cobbs is on a quest to find himself again. The author's prose requires some effort to read. If one is able to overlook its faults, the book is a rollicking read.
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on Aug. 18, 2012 :
This is one of the best books I've read all year. It is an innovative and beautifully written novel that focuses on current-day issues that take place in our schools seen from the eyes of a teacher, who himself is plagued with tormenting conflicts of his own. What makes it original is the way the works of classic literature are seamlessly interwoven into the story and anyone who loves and has a passion for literature will appreciate the minute details that capture the essence of each classic work. It is a must read for students and adults alike, and I highly recommend this book.