The Reconstruction of Wilson Ryder is about and for artists, written by an artist. But it is more than that. It is a beautifully written novel for everybody who has struggled to transcend the conscious and unconscious wounds invariably inflicted on children by their parents. That would be all of us. Wilson Ryder's story compels us to look in the mirror and, without flinching, to ask who we are and what gives our lives meaning. Complicated, tender, wise, funny, heartbreaking, infuriating, and, ultimately, life affirming.
ByGery G. Ruddickon
I read The Reconstruction of Wilson Ryder about five months ago and have been intending all this time to sit down and write a review about an amazingly wonderful book it is. I loved the originality of the characters and themes. Was very impressed with the depth and understanding the author has of the art world. Was in awe of his writing. I've been recommending this book to all my friends.
A very enjoyable read
I loved Wilson Ryder. He stole my heart. How he dealt with his disfigurement and navigated is way through his life with such courage and hope. He made me look at my own life in a much different way. He will remain a beloved character in my heart and someone I will always remember fondly. I loved this book and will recommend it to everyone who cares enough to listen. Well-written and believable. I'm no expert on literature but I know what I like and I couldn't wait for my next opportunity to sit and delve into this character's next adventure. I was sorry to see the period at the end of the very last page. I wanted more. So much more. Bravo to the author. Thank you for bringing this complicated character to life.
Ranks up there with To kill a Mockingbird
This book ranks right up there with To Kill a Mockingbird. Has this yet been nominated for any literary awards such as the Pulitzer or Booker Prize?
I received this book for free from a Goodreads giveaway. I have not been compensated for this review.
Oh my God! I want to read this book over and over and over again! The only other book I feel the same way about is Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird."
A touch of Holden Caulfield, a smidge of Phillip Pirrip and a dash of Jean Louise "Scout" Finch. And let's not forget to throw in Miss Havisham as the distant mother figure. If I can be so egomaniacal to assume that the author snuck into my life and wrote a novel based on my self-perception, he could not have done better than this book. This is truly a masterpiece of character development.
READ THIS BOOK! If you can only read a limited number of books this year, this one should be at the top of your list. By page four, I was thoroughly invested in the characters. I normally have to give a book until page fifty to see if I will stick with it.
I am cautious to say much, because I want the reader to experience the full story for the first time by reading it like I did. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.