Saturday, April 9, 2011

America Coming

Title: America Coming
Author: Ken Potter
Publisher: Devine Destines
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Genre: {M/F} Contemporary; Short Story
Rating: 1.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Sometimes, in order to figure out where we are going, we must look back to where we have come from. They say we are all the sum of our experiences. As two people head out on a journey that awakens memories of long ago, they have the chance to contemplate all that they are and take the opportunity to decide on their future.

America Coming is a thirteen page story that seems to encompass the spirit of an age as two people try to find their place in a society that they have grown up alongside. Unfortunately, I am not at all sure if this is what the author is trying to portray, as I was confused by a lot of what was happening, but that is what it seemed to be about to me. As the main character lets the reader in on his memories of a brief meeting with Bobby Kennedy as a child; a memory that sets the scene for his present day journey into the unknown, I am left with little warmth for the character. The negative descriptions of the people he observed as a boy that day were, to me, unnecessary and left an unpleasant taste in my mouth that stayed throughout. Also, there were hints of him being unable to commit to a relationship with his companion because of being too focused on his own development to let somebody else in, which I feel could have been explored more. By the end, it is a shame to say that I wasn’t sure what conclusions the characters had made from their journey, or what was in store for them in the future. Maybe that was the point.

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