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Sons of Adam

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Not for me 😔

An introspective, heavily masculine tale of artistry and what it takes to grow into your craft and into yourself.

Sons of Adam is a literary fiction work that explores, via biblical reference, content, and structure, the life of a creative. E. A. Rohrmoser describes the rises and pitfalls that come with creative success, guiding both Adam, the protagonist, and us the readers through this world. Much of the names and locations are purely referential, which gives the novel a liminal quality. It’s not fully in the world of mythology, nor in the tales of the Bible, but it is not grounded fully in our modern world. Adam’s struggles particularly speak to those drawn to the written word - poets, songwriters, authors, script writers - as that is his own course. He begins with a bitter chip over his shoulder, spawning from a lackluster familial presence and response, though quickly I began to suspect that this story suffers from an unreliable narrator. 


I was excited to find a book that used “faith-defining mythology” as its core mode of story telling. I was looking forward to a tale of struggle that revolutionized the same archetypes that have built the modern canon of literature. Instead, I was left with a not great taste in my mouth. Often characters who diametrically oppose the reader - somatically, economically, theologically, etc. - have to have something that draws the audience in. Even if Adam is at his lowest low - which he most certainly is in the opening of this tale - he should have had something to continue to draw me in and entertain me. 


Instead, I was shocked at his callous, misogynistic nature. He reveled in his man-pain (masquerading as the fear of rejection and fear of failure), heartlessly spurned those around him, and proceeded to lament for pages and pages about how difficult his journey had been. He is simultaneously the cocksure and arrogant protege, yet also the whimpering blind babe that women have to hold, cherish, fix. I held no sympathy for him, and that repetitive laments and staccato sentence structure left many of these pages a drudge to get through. 


This is the first in a series, so perhaps things pick up in later editions. But my impression is that this is heavily a tale for male creators, and not a story nor mindset that resonates with me. 

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I am based on the East Coast of the United States, I double majored in Anthropology & Creative Writing at Hamilton College. I am the founder of Ink & Intentions, a literature lifestyle blog, and I read pretty much all the time! It's one of my favorite past times.

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I am a self-published first-time author, raised by books, music, TV and film. I am currently working on a collection of stories that explore broken humans, people from the everyday and the everywhere, gifted with special talents that drive them to greatness, while challenged by tradition and dogma. view profile

Published on October 31, 2019

60000 words

Genre: Literary Fiction

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