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Fiction or Biography? (1 Viewer)



Reviewed By Tracy Farnsworth

The opening statement found within Jack Daley's SUNDAY MORNINGS states:” Dedicated to those family members and friends who served as models for this work of pure fiction." Though it says it is a fictional tale, I had a hard time buying into that, especially when the main character's name is Jack Daley. It seems awfully autobiographical which limits the range of the novel, in my opinion.

I may be slightly narrow-minded, but I truly only think biographies of those who have made a huge difference in the world today are really marketable. As far as I am concerned, SUNDAY MORNINGS will not grab everyone's interest. The author's family and friends may enjoy a peek into the author's life, but for someone who doesn't know the author, the story will probably not have much appeal.

SUNDAY MORNINGS allows the reader to peer into the life of the character. From Jack's experiences with coyotes and students to a taxicab ride involving a hooker-obsessed passenger, there are many stories told throughout the book.

The character, Jack, is a sixth-grade teacher, and from my own viewpoint, he's not very likable. I am big into my children's education, so to hear a "teacher" say, "snotty-nosed sixth graders" or "...with the God damned sixth graders for the rest of my life", well quite frankly, it makes me really dislike the character. Perhaps others may agree with the character's viewpoint, but as the parent of a sixth-grader, I would pull my son from any classroom in which the teacher has such a negative attitude. Because I found I disliked the character, my reading experience soon turned to a "who really cares" stance regarding Jack's adventures.

I recently recevied the above review for my novel Sunday Mornings. I wonder if the reviewer has read Henry Miller or Jack Kerouac, or William Saroyan, or Thomas Wolfe, or.... Read 500 words of Sunday Mornings and let us know what you think. Is it fiction or biography?