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The Blind Light

A Novel

by Stuart Evers

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The Blind Light by Stuart Evers
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2020
    544 pages
    Genre: Novels

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  • Linda W. (Summit, NJ)
    Now and Then
    I enjoyed the format that Stuart Evers used to write this book. He begins with a scene in current time that implies a possible conflict and tension rooted in a past event. The he goes back 60 years to a past generation and begins a story about a young Englishman. The narrative continues with alternating voices and leap frogs years to keep the characters maturing. He often makes allusions to past events to explain a current scene. Pay attention because the plot twists and turns, but it keeps you engaged in a story that is personal, profound and immersed in a bygone event that changed and scarred the main characters.
  • Shirley T. (Comfort, TX)
    The Blind Light
    This is a "true to the times" story set in England under the threat and fear of nuclear war from post World War II up to the present. It will be very nostalgic for older readers and provides a history of the times for younger readers.
    The story is told through the friendship of two men of very different social backgrounds but both are haunted by the fear of total nuclear annihilation.
    The tale of Drum, Gwen and their family is very well portrayed and believable throughout this book. Each man in the friendship, Drum and Carter, deals with the other in this complex relationship and, as they age, the pact they have agreed upon leads to a dramatic and satisfying ending.
    This is a skillfully crafted and very emotional story which remains with the reader long after it ends. I loved the book.
  • Melanie B. (Desoto, TX)
    Well Written Story of How Fear Dominates Family Dynamics
    The Blind Light is a very well written story of two families whose lives intertwine yet run parallel through a generation. The story of Drummond Moore and James Carter and their families reveal how a promise the two men make to protect and be there for each other ends up psychologically weighing on their families and shaping the outcome of each family member's life. This is a story of how fear of the unknown stunts the lives of those affected by it. I highly recommend this book.
  • Florence H. (Laguna Woods, CA)
    The Blind Light
    Having lived through the fearful years of the Cold War it was interesting to read of Doom Town and the after effects of being trained to survive a nuclear attack. The disparity of income status of the two men influenced their friendships and the future of their families. The next generation of these families continue with the conflicts. Both families experience problems with children. Wealth appears to be no guarantee of happiness.
  • Mary L. (Greeley, CO)
    History, family, and cold wars
    The threat of a nuclear apocalypse underlies the unlikely and often strained friendship between two British military men, one from the working class (Drum) and one from the wealthy (Carter). Though an atomic bomb never brings the destruction, the ensuing 70 years of the novel as the two men marry, have families, and live out there lives. Both positive and destructive human dynamics as well as historical events impact their lives. Not an easy novel to read and often one can get lost in some stream-of-consciousness, but it leaves the reader with much to ponder.
  • John A. (Austin, TX)
    Set in England, this multigenerational novel focuses on the interpersonal relationships between two families that started with the military service friendship of the two patriarchal figures. The book starts slowly as the reader is introduced to the characters and their backgrounds. In addition, the short chapters and the jumping around between the characters makes it challenging to truly get into the book until one has read more than one hundred pages. After that, the characters and their interactions steadily draw you in until you feel like you have known these people most of your life. It's a bittersweet story that reminds me of the emotions experienced when reading Stoner by John Edward Williams.
  • Julie M. (St Paul, MN)
    A Blind Light
    A Blind Light is a slow burn of a novel exploring the power struggles both in friendships and families. It follows two English friends and their families from the late 1930s into the twenty first century where the characters and their relationships were vividly drawn. This is not a "feel good" story and not everyone is cast in a favorable light which is what made it such a satisfying read for me.
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