Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Review: "Say Not What If" by Andrew Friedman

Kindle File Size: 120 KB
Print Length: 52 pages

Paperback: 52 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace (July 11, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1463627319
ISBN-13: 978-1463627317
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.1 inches
Paperback Review Copy Courtesy Of:  Andrew Friedman, Author 
(in exchange for an honest review)

Synopsis Via Goodreads:

“Say Not What If” is about a man on death row, and has as its theme the concept that time is our most valuable commodity. As someone once said, “waste anything but time, because we really are promised no tomorrows.” This theme is explored through the life of a man who sacrifices his marriage and everything else for his career. He realizes much too late the terrible consequences of this decision, and then desperately tries to regain those lost years by making a much worse choice. The resolution of this latter choice involves an additional examination of the concepts of accountability and responsibility, redemption, and the morality of the death penalty.

Note from Author from Goodreads:

"Say Not What If" is a nearly 10,000 word story written as a long rhyming poem. I have never seen a story written in this format. It has characters and dialogue just like a regular story, and is extremely easy to read and understand, regardless of whether you have a GED or a PHD. You can read it in about an hour, so it doesn't require a lot of time.

Saph's Review:

"Say Not What If" is a unique blend of poetry written as a short story.  It focuses on a man who, throughout his life, has always pushed his career ahead of anything else in life.  In a desperate attempt to change things and right the wrongs, he finds that he's made his life much worse and ends up on death row.  We get to see into the life of a prison inmate as he endures his days behind bars.  

It's very important to live in the now and be there for those in your life that you love and cherish.  Spending too much time in pursuit of a career, material goods, prestige, etc. while sacrificing time spent with loved ones are things you can never change.  You can never get back the 20 hour days you spend at the office, the baseball games you miss, the family togetherness (in whichever way it's spent) that gets pushed aside, or other things.  While an extreme example, "Say Not What If" really drives those points home.  Plus, you can't outsmart death; whether it be naturally, due to accident, illness, or, as in the book, a death sentence due to unwise choices.  

The flow of "Say Not What If" is smooth and flows well.  The rhyming pattern makes the book read smoothly and quickly without become dull or monotonous but sometimes I felt that it distracted from the ultimate message.  If nothing else, though and you can adapt to the poetic tones, this book makes you step back and ponder your own life.  Of course, whether you self-assess and make changes or not is up to you, not me or the book, or the messages conveyed.

This is definitely an interesting approach to writing.  


Buy Links:

As of today's day, April 25, 2012, the Kindle version on Amazon is free (this can change at anytime and I'm not responsible if costs change.  Make sure you look at the pricing before you buy it.)  Simply click the link below to be taken to the page to buy the Kindle version:

Paperback:  (Note:  This is NOT free)

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