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The Opposite of Art

The Opposite of Art A great artist is cast into the icy Harlem River by a hit and run driver His heart stops and he sees something that defies description Presumed dead by all who knew him and obsessed with the desire t

  • Title: The Opposite of Art
  • Author: Athol Dickson
  • ISBN: 9781416583486
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Paperback
  • A great artist is cast into the icy Harlem River by a hit and run driver His heart stops, and he sees something that defies description Presumed dead by all who knew him and obsessed with the desire to paint the inexpressible, he embarks on a pilgrimage to seek help from holy men around the globe But is it possible to see eternity without becoming lost within it AfterA great artist is cast into the icy Harlem River by a hit and run driver His heart stops, and he sees something that defies description Presumed dead by all who knew him and obsessed with the desire to paint the inexpressible, he embarks on a pilgrimage to seek help from holy men around the globe But is it possible to see eternity without becoming lost within it After a quarter of a century, when the world begins to whisper that he may be alive, two people come looking for the artist the daughter he never knew existed, and the murderer who hit him on the bridge all those years ago.

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    1. Merge Chaim Potok's Asher Lev with Ralph Ellison's invisible man to get a present yet absent, passionately artistic narrator searching for something ineffable. Place him in an ever-changing landscape with lush juxtapositions of the profound and the absurd that wander into whimsical magical realism. This is THE OPPOSITE OF ART. While I was initially put off by Athol's brisk sentences and the self-absorbed, misogynistic narrator, by the end of the second chapter I couldn't put the book down. That [...]

    2. Wow! This book has already been added to my favorites list. Very artistic and spiritual. This was food for my soul. Awesome. This book gets my highest possible recommendation.It went on my must read list when Athol started talking about it on Novel Rocket. He predicted although probably his best book, it would also be his biggest commercial flop. Why? Well, in addition to being very “edgy” for the CBA market, in other words realistic, it’s also his most literary book.So of course I had to [...]

    3. The title intrigues, causing us to think, to wonder. The opening line awakens our imagination.The opening paragraph lets us know on no uncertain terms that we’re in the hands of an artist.Perhaps the author is a little like the protagonist, Sheridan Ridler – a genius with oils whose search for the perfection of beauty drives his life. Though only in his twenties, he’s already making his mark on the art world. That is, until the winter’s night he’s thrown into the Harlem River by a hit- [...]

    4. Magical realism and Christian fiction - The Opposite of Art shows that these are not mutually exclusive concepts! Strange and exaggerated - yet somehow familiar - elements abound in this unique and brightly painted canvas of a novel. Dickson's writing is beautiful with all of its symbolism and mystique, serving as a great candidate for meaningful discussion and contemplation.Ridler, the world-renowned artist, is a man on a mission. His goal is to paint the Glory that he felt in the instant he wa [...]

    5. Christian fiction; first book that I have read by Athol Dickson. This is a book with layers: there is a surface layer and then the many ideas and emotions that accompany the substrata. A reader can take this book at face value or dig deeper into Riddler's search and perhaps their own. Loved the discussion of art in its many forms and the look behind the curtain (so to speak). Mr. Dickson, I am intrigued and will read The Cure next. Recommend.

    6. Thanks to First Reads and Howard Books for my ARC of Athol Dickson's The Opposite of Art. I absolutely loved reading this and could have easily finished it in a day, if life were not so busy! :) This is an incredible story of faith, hope, love and art that is extremely hard to put down. It's hard for me to find words for this book without giving something away to those who haven't read it. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a great read and I look forward to reading more b [...]

    7. "The Opposite of Art" by Athol Dickson is a splendid journey. To say too much in this space would be to rob potential readers of a quest through time, memory, and art against a backdrop of love and murder.Content warning: Sensitive readers may find some content objectionable, although I would counter that it is included because it is objectionable and shows the spiritual distance the character must travel.Highly recommended for readers desiring mold-breaking Christian literary fiction.

    8. I just posted my latest book review on my blog:kammbia1.wordpress/2012/08Athol Dickson is becoming one of my favorite novelists and after reading The Opposite of Art continues enhanced that for me.I think he is a descendant of Walker Percy, Graham Greene, and Flannery O'Connor in stretching the boundaries for Christian Fiction. I believe he deserves a wider audience outside of those genre ghetto walls.Enjoy,Marion

    9. There are few authors who can both craft words with story to create a page turner that's amazing to read. Athol Dickson is just a master at putting a wonderful and redemptive story with paragraphs that stop you in your tracks. Another winner.

    10. After making it to chapter four, I had what one could call a realization: torch the book. I was quite excited when I found this book in my bookstore on sale a while back, having loved a previous work by Athol Dickson. This one, however, is more filled with evil than insight.The writing was actually not too enjoyable, being vague, spontaneous, and wild. It feels as though it was trying to be more deep than it actually is. Sin here was plastered on the pages, filled with vulgarity, crudeness, and [...]

    11. This was good until the end, it left some loose ends and left me confused. All in all, I still found it very worthwhile reading.

    12. Athol Dickson in his new book, "The Opposite Of Art" published by Howard Books brings us into the life of Sheridan Ridler, a master painter.Before Athol Dickson became a master storyteller he was a master architect. It takes great creativity, imagination and "smarts" to design a building that will fit within the specified acreage and have all the required components and still be spectacularly beautiful. Now that Mr. Dickson tells stories he utilizes all the skills he developed in building buildi [...]

    13. Ok first off, I'd have to say that I struggled with the idea of this book being a 'christian' book. Within the first few pages I found myself debating if I should keep reading. Obviously, I did. I committed to review it so I continued. It certainly isn't your typical christain novel, but it does accurately portray a person in search of Someone greater than himself. It is true to real life none of us get 'prettied up' before we are saved and many of us will delve into a myriad of things in search [...]

    14. First of all, what a great cover. If you cannot tell, it is the back of a canvas piece of artwork. I didn't pay much attention to it when I first got the book, but when I finally looked at it, I thought it was really clever!In the book, Sheridan Ridler is a brilliant artist whose life is cut short too early, or at least that is what the world thinks. When Ridler is thrown into the Hudson River, everyone thinks that there is no way he could survive; but he does survive. He just disappears. Over t [...]

    15. The Opposite of Art by Athol Dickson is a thought-provoking look at art, faith, and love. Sheridan Ridler is a great artist, and unfortunately, he knows it. He views the world as created for him and lives only for his art. When his girlfriend Suzanna walks out on him because he refuses to respect her faith, Ridler follows her into the night. During the chase, he is captivated by the image of a building in flames and begins to run to see the image better in order to capture it. But while Ridler c [...]

    16. Title: THE OPPOSITE OF ARTAuthor: Athol DicksonPublisher: Howard BooksSeptember 2011ISBN: 978-1-4165-8348-6Genre: Inspirational/contemporaryRidler loves one woman and one thing. The woman, Suzanna, is from Harlem, and knows she’s wrong being with Ridler, but she can’t stay away. Ridler loves painting and he is good at what he does. But he isn’t so good with money, so the man that shows his art is getting rich, robbing Ridler with every painting he sells. It all falls apart when Suzanna dec [...]

    17. There are books that strive to hit a deeper chord, and it can be a difficult thing to achieve when you're struggling to convey in so many words the complexity of humans. Athol Dickson take on the task of showing the intricate way a man's mind works after losing love, and seeking faith. A man who is supposedly been declared dead is still alive, but has disappeared in a search for faith. His lover from the past, and an old friend receive messages supposedly from him that lead them in a search for [...]

    18. The Opposite of ArtAnthol DicksonHoward booksArtist Sheridan Ridler expresses himself in faceless art. In love with Suzanna, he is unable to verbalize how much she means to him. As a Christian she comes back to her relationship with Christ and realizes her relationship with “Danny” is unhealthy. He chases after her and ends up in Harlem. Attentive on his mission Danny doesn’t not see the car driven by his own agent Talbot, intentionally hit him and throw his lifeless body into the river. S [...]

    19. If Jack Kerouac had been a Christian, I believe he would have written a story like The Opposite of Art. Long before I became a Christian I was a big fan of Kerouac’s work, but he just does not suit my tastes any more. I liked being able to read a Christian novel that had some edge to it with writing that was reminiscent of Kerouac without certain themes common in Kerouac’s books. I was very quickly impressed by Athol Dickson’s writing and the way he developed this story. There were some pl [...]

    20. I am astounded by this book. First, it really surprised me and made me really apprehensive. *Warning to readers* It has some inappropriate material in the beginning, but never re-occurs. Also, the main character, Sheridan Ridler, travels around the world, exploring religions from Buddhism to Judaism. This is not unlike Solomon's Biblical journey searching for something meaningful. He did many sinful things, indulged in many wrong acts, and found they were empty. Ridler eventually works his way t [...]

    21. Wow, excellent! The story is creative and original, the writing is rich and intriguing and the characters were each complicated and real. From the first chapter, I was drawn in and committed. Most importantly, this book got me thinking, philosophizing and feeling my faithwhat a truly amazing surprise from a book I only picked up because of the title! :-)Ridler's great search, need to possess and missing the point all together has been written before, but the pieces of magic thrown in on the sly [...]

    22. As I said before, this book was not what I expected. Coming from my mother, I knew it would be a Christian novel. As I glanced, for once, at another review, I would have to agree that it certainly doesn't read like a Christian book especially in the first chapter (if not a few of the chapters following). It hits its stride slowlyah, slowly.I cannot say I was in love with this book, but I wanted to finish. I did want to know how it ended. That seems a compliment to any author that something about [...]

    23. Amazing! -- So I must say I was blown away by this novel. My first Athol Dickson. I really liked the descriptions, but then the cover wasn't much, so I didn't pick it up for forever. But I did. Yesterday, 12 hours ago. And haven't been able to put it down except to do a few life chores!Now I am in no way, shape or form really one to say really literal things about books. Deep, me not so much. This book is not to be read lightly, just skimming through. You will want to read, ingest, reread each s [...]

    24. I'm always on the lookout for literary fiction with a Christian theme. To see the world through the eyes of a painter intrigued me. Dissatisfaction with his work and a quest for artistic perfection send the artist on an intense spiritual journey that ultimately brings him to "the poverty of self-awareness." At once a spiritual travelogue and a sophisticated fable, the story line grounds us in the everyday (people have to eat), whisks us to exotic locations, and veers into magical realism. The li [...]

    25. An arrogant, unpleasant artist has a vision that changes him forever, causing him to seek the Glory (what he saw and wants to paint) in various places all over the world and in different religious groups: Buddhism, Sufism, Judaism, etc. He ends up traveling with a circus, constantly annoyed by his inability to recreate what he saw. I found the attempts to describe the vision and subsequent paintings very amusing: lots of vague words that just swirled around like the fictitious art. The writing f [...]

    26. This was a really interesting novel, especially because I believe it's in the Christian fiction genre, but so different from all the others! Very creative as far as the plot goes, and amazing language throughout. I loved the writing itself, the symbolism in the story, and the core theme. It was, however, a little too artistic for my taste. You really gotta love art to get everything out of this book.

    27. Powerful story, written beautifully. I love Athol's imagery, his word pictures, the deep soul-digging of his characters. I think--no, I know--that he is my favorite contemporary author. When a book pulls me in, won't let me go, and forces me to change in some elemental way--even if that change is merely to ratchet up my appreciation of some word or vision or moment--then it carries seeds of greatness. Thank you, Athol Dickson, for another few hours of blessing.

    28. Story was engaging, but it felt unfinished at the end with an ending that didn't fit the story. Would make a good book club discussion book as the quest his search takes him on has a lot of odd twists and turns worth discussion. If you are looking for a book about how the artist actively hids from his hunters this is not it. This is more of a spiritual journey for three of the main characters where they finally arrive content after many years of missed opportunities.

    29. The idea of the story especially intrigued me. I love ideas that are new to me and instrospective. I could even feel some of the "glory" moments. Alas, I did find myself wanting to put the book down several times. The ending, though satisfactory, felt rather short given the long journey searching for an end.

    30. This was just a case of different tastes. I could recognize the elegant, off-beat, strong writing, but it didn't connect with me. While I didn't finish, I did read enough to feel the tug of the Glory, and stories where souls are searching for meaning and truth (as I did myself) are so important, because I believe everyone at sometime in their life is searching.

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