Friday, May 10, 2013


What makes a novel great,
One hard to put down?
It’s pregnant with meaning --
Every verb, every noun.

The characters are alive,
Caught in history’s maze.
The author’s done his research;
He’s ‘master of the phrase’.

There’s love, sex and violence,
Loyalty and deceit.
The villains get comeuppance;
Heroes know victory and defeat.

The book leaves a feeling,
Of having learned something new;
Of returning from a trip,
With an altered point of view!

I’ve just read such a book,
Rich with people and events, 
A story skillfully told,
With style and relevance.

Titled The Given Day,
Written by Dennis Lahane,
It’s a work of genius,
Deserving literary fame!

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