Book Review: From Particles and Disputations
Rating: 4.5 of 5
Author: Philip D. Luing
Format: Kindle, ebook
Since its release in 2007, Rob Thomas’ single “Little Wonders”, whose theme of holding on to those small moments that together weave a tapestry of one’s life with friends and family, has held special meaning for me. As I read Philip Luing’s “From Particles and Disputations” echoes of Thomas’ song came back to me. Luing chronicles through his beautiful poetic prose the life he and his partner Jeffery shared over their twelve years together.
This is a wonderful tribute to a real and intense relationship. Through annual snapshots of their life in December, Valentines day, their anniversary, and Jeffery’s birthday, Luing conveys the intensity of a relationship between two very different people brought together by love. Readers journey into their early all consuming physical passion, the eventual questioning of their compatibility and the occasional distance felt by each, the reaffirmation of their love, the devastating entrance of HIV’s entrance in their lives, Luing’s tortured soul acknowledging the sickness enveloping his partner while at the same type trying to balance his own emotions to remain optimistic though he doesn’t feel such, and Jeffrey’s eventual passing and peace made while scattering ashes years later.
I wish I could do justice to these “Writings to Jeffrey” but I cannot. The raw words within “From Particles to Disputations” speak for themselves.
Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.