Becoming Moon by Craig A. Hart — A Review

becoming moon coverBecoming Moon by Craig A. Hart

RaeleighReads rating: 5 out of 5 coffee cups

“”There’s no such thing as free will…Never. We have no choice in the roads we take. We like to think we’re in control, but we are following a prescribed path, an ancient way. Every misstep, every triumph, every success, every failure — they are all part of the plan, landmarks on the journey.”

“You are getting a little into the deep end for me.””

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Hart certainly wades into the deep end with Becoming Moon. Sometimes timidly, sometimes boldly, always honestly, he wades into the deep end of life, the nature of creating, the nature of being. Reading Becoming Moon is almost a surreal experience, but one rooted in stark reality. It is certainly a book that can be read again and again, each time looking for new meaning.

I happen to admire people who have a point of view, perhaps especially when that view deviates from the status quo, and who are not afraid to share that view with the world. This book is honest, insightful, brave, and sometimes uncomfortable. It is also very well written. At one point in the novel, Hart mentions modern classics. I don’t know if it was his intention to create a modern classic with this book, but I’m going to go ahead and say it. For me, this is a modern classic. It will always have a place on my bookshelf.

What is a modern classic? To me, a modern classic is a piece of literature, written recently, that addresses major societal issues without bluntly mentioning the issues the book confronts. These works are subtle, masterfully crafted, with a unique perspective or unique construction. And all of that takes place underneath a story line that is simple and attention-grabbing so that any reader could enjoy the book merely for the story. But for those few who would perhaps like to look a little deeper, well, there would be plenty of material to keep those people questioning and arguing for years to come.

This review is quickly becoming an exposition on literature, and for that, I apologize. But isn’t that what great literature does? It makes us think, makes us question, makes us wonder. Becoming Moon accomplishes that for me.

It addresses several hot button topics and is arranged in five non-linear parts. Following the story of an author, it begins almost at the end and then jumps backward in time to acquaint you with the author’s past. His story is one that many will find familiar, and the choices he makes lead him down an inevitably difficult road. Those easily offended should read warily.

I’m recommending this to anyone who enjoys really great literature. I think those who enjoy an intellectual read will like this, and I think those looking for something interesting and different to add to their summer reading lists (or any reading lists for that matter), should give this a try.

“Life is ugly…That’s why it’s so beautiful. And take this with you: if we have no choice, then we are all doing our best. And how much easier is it to practice kindness on ourselves and others if we know we are all doing our best?”

Another opinion you may be interested in:

“The writing is beautiful, sincere and full of hidden philosophies and nuggets of wisdom…The main character is a complex person with a haunting past, and I loved the non-linear fashion in which the story revealed who he was.”– Tanya Aranguren on Amazon

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