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LEMONADE REVEALED: A Philosophical Novel ~Will Chluho

“A boy is swept ashore on a faraway island into the embrace of three powerful Men: A priest, a Warrior, and a Trader.  Estranged, and tossing about in the undercurrents of abandonment, abuse, and betrayal, He finds sense in life, still.”  Book Jacket


I just knew I was going to like LEMONADE REVEALED from the very first moment of its arrival.  I pulled open the mailer and contained within was this bright yellow small book; 4.5” x 7” x 1.5”.   I knew this was not going to be an ordinary read.  It fit with a perfection into my hand and just summoned me to open and begin reading.   The problem was I had 15 books ahead of it to read and review.  So I put it on the shelf as a prize to come and I contemplated what it might be.

If life gives you lemons make lemonade?

The author studied philosophy in Rome; now studies philosophy in London.  Was this a clue? Would I want to read the whole thing?  Would it hold me in its grasp?  It was about a boy on the shore, would it be a hero’s journey or a coming of age story? Would the females in the story be violent or just beautiful?  Monsters and vampires galore? Would it be another Catholic digression into manhood’s verve and destiny?  Will it be a mystery package left at the door?  I had to wait.

A very interesting read and it did contain so many of the elements of good cerebral play and a good mystery story.  I did read it out in the sunshine after the marine air lifted and removed.  It contained an explorer, caves, tree houses, vampires (bats!) 3 sturdy fellows, a ship wreck, food, clothing, shelter, tattoos, a skinhead (not of the kind I know) and lots of ocean and questions.  ‘Who am I?’ and ‘What happened to me?’ – not the least.  LEMONADE REVEALED was the tart and sweet of this kind of pursuit, and it was clever and creative and “bright”.

I stuck lots of little slips of colored paper into the book so I could go back and read some pages again and again.  There were well placed words which were like small beams of light.  I am sure I will read it several more times before I pass it on or recommend to a book group.  I would definitely want to lead a discussion on this book or give a lecture about philosophical stories in general.

“Paddle with all your heart, but it is the horizon which comes to you.”

The writing in LEMONADE REVEALED was kind of stream of consciousness with an ascribed time line and directional map. I do not think the author’s first language was American English, but am not certain about this; I do know that many folks do not like to read unusual  syntax.

I thought about Dave Eggers several times and also Paulo Coelho’s Warrior of the Light: A Manual.

Will Chluho on Facebook 

tlc logoI am once again indebted to TLC Online Book Tours for sharing a copy of this book for me to review. Please read with a twinkle in your eye and dance steps in your heart – LEMONADE REVEALED.

“LEMONADE REVEALED offers philosophical contemplation on a sunny island.” – Indie Reader

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8 Responses to “LEMONADE REVEALED: A Philosophical Novel ~Will Chluho”

  1. Patricia Says:

    Will Chluho would like you to know that his first language is English but it is not his “mother’s tongue”. He has done all his study of Philosophy and Theology in Singapore with reciprocity of learning academies.

    He is pleased with my review of his debut novel.

    He is new to facebook and could use some followers there.

    I had to go to practice Liangong but I may add more from out conversation at a new date.
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  2. Megan Says:

    I love your reviews, Patricia, and you drew me in with this one. I like the sounds of a smaller sized book (but of course!), and the bright yellow cover seems to encase a terrific tale. Thank you for the time you take reading & reviewing every book that comes your way. You’re a gem!
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    patricia Reply:

    Megan,
    Thank you so much for your comment.
    I have been reading other reviewers on this book tour and all of them who wrote, spoke of how wonderful the size and color and feel of the book was and how it drew their attention.

    I just love to read Megan and such encouraging words from such a positive and motivating friend – who can truly manifest!
    Thank YOU

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  4. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I love that you had some many notes stuck in this book – it must have looked so colorful and well-read!

    Thanks for being on the tour!

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J
    It was a fun book – happy to be on the tour

  5. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    “I stuck lots of little slips of colored paper into the book so I could go back and read some pages again and again. There were well placed words which were like small beams of light.”

    Patricia — you’ve reeled me in: hook, line, and sinker!

    Patricia Reply:

    Laurie
    I definitely liked holding this book in my hand….very interesting read with some gems within