Book Review: Angel
Today I will be reviewing Angel by Sebastian Michael
This book was captivating and interesting because it managed to take concepts that are extremely old but make them unique to this story and intrinsic to everything that is happening. A person so perfectly beautiful that everyone falls in love with him, but the idea that this isn't necessarily a gift and could easily be seen as a curse.
The story flowed extremely well and was fun and interesting the entire way through. I think the author did a really good job of bringing the story together and adding in some really cool characters and situations, and I liked the way in which Damion spread chaos wherever he went through no fault of his own.
There were a few missteps in the story, but in general the messages of 'beauty isn't everything' is a great counterbalance to just how obsessed our culture is with beautiful people and the idea that beauty is equal to worth.
All in all, I'll give this four-stars.
Certainly recommended for the right audience, written well enough to read in one sitting and with a lot of uniqueness. Looking forward to more from this author!
About the Book
"A delight to read. So delicate, casually cruel, wickedly funny and wildly alluring."
- Stephen Fry
Damion is a boy so beautiful that everybody falls in love with him. This, his greatest advantage in life, gradually turns into his heaviest burden and so as he reaches adulthood, Damion, in an act half wanton, half heroic, destroys what for most people - but not for him - has come to define his essence. - A classic tale of a young man in search of his destiny.
About the Author
Sebastian was born in Manchester, UK, into a Swiss family and grew up in Basel, Switzerland, where his first two plays were staged while he was still at school and university.
Since moving to London at the age of 21, he has written several stage plays, among them The Power of Love, Love Hurts and Time After Time, which together now form the Love Trilogy and each of which individually reached the shortlist, long list and final ten respectively of Soho Theatre's Verity Bargate Award in separate years. His play Top Story was presented as a rehearsed reading at the ICA in May 2008 as part of the Accidental Festival and then became the last professional production at London's legendary underground venue, The Old Vic Tunnels, before it closed in 2013. In 2014, he wrote and also performed in The Sonneteer – a play on power, passion and possession, about William Shakespeare's Sonnets and The Fair Youth, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Earlier plays of Sebastian's were seen on the London and Edinburgh fringe and include QED, Sisters and All the World. He also wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Monstersound which made it into the final round of the Musical of the Year Competition in Copenhagen and the book for Icon, which, after a rehearsed reading and a Fringe production in London, was invited to the New York Musical Festival (NYMF) 2016.
Sebastian has written and directed two short films: Twenty-Six Takes on Life Without Allen which was screened at festivals in Chicago, Los Angeles, Lisbon and Padua, and The Study of Bunkers & Mounds in a Temperate Climate (Relatively Speaking) which was in the official selection for the International Film Festival Locarno 2007. His first feature film as a writer/director is The Hour of Living was completed in February 2012 and has since been nominated for the Basel Film Prize in the Best Feature category and shown at Festivals in New York, Australia and Italy. Sebastian is currently working towards realisation of his second feature film, Soho, Night 9X9.
Sebastian has so far written one novel, Angel, and he is the writer of A Genius Planet, a collaboration with Professor Ludger Hovestadt and Vera Bühlmann of ETH Zürich, which postulates a networked energy model for the Digital Age, and is due for publication in 2017. He is also contributing author to A Quantum City (Birkhäuser, 2015) and he is the author of the ongoing online project EDEN by FREI – a concept narrative in the here and now about the where, the wherefore & forever, which can be found at EDENbyFREI.net.
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