Have you ever wondered about Eden? Was there ever a true paradise on earth? Yes, and that world was the prehistoric world of the middle Miocene. The future is dystopian, but time travel is discovered. Accidentally. Now begin a journey back to a lush world gone by. Opalescence is an imaginary tale of a real world. A world that very few know anything about. Come now, come visit the middle Miocene.
on Feb. 09, 2014
Mike Harris knows how to write. I know because I read Romantic History, and this story will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you want to throw it at the wall in frustration.
Paul Siebert is a man with a life, a reporter at several newspapers living on the beautiful west coast. He could be going somewhere with his life, yet he throws it all away on a mind boggling obsession with Maggie, a troubled girl he meets at a halfway house. They have a fling, and by the looks of things - notably her indfference to him - that should be the end of it. Instead, Paul can't stop thinking about her, and as the years drop away, the precious years of his life, his obsession becomes increasingly self-destructive until the final, inevitable, climatic moment decades later.
I'm not going to lie to you, this read depressed me, how could it otherwise? Still, it is an apt and unrelenting commentary on the human condition, a condition that many never see, except in the lost souls we ALL see shuffling the streets in rags or sleeping under bridges. Life made tragic, and we wonder what happened. What seemed romantic in the beginning - a life free of encumbrances - becomes instead it's burden.
Romantic History is a merciless expose, raw pain, the sunburn of modern life, a reality that millions quietly endure everyday. Read with a good tether to hope.