This book is not about poetry, even though the title and limericks sprinkled within might lead you to that notion. This book is not about sports, though many of the characters connect as coaches or teammates. This book is not even about a father and son, even though it deals with a man and his recently deceased father.
This is a familiar tale of family, friendship, community, loss, and the renewal of faith. Even though the book takes place over the course of only one week, its message delves deeply into life and living.
We all question the usefulness of our past, the course of our present, and—on our more challenging days—the point of our future. We wonder about the significance of our efforts. In other words, this book poses the question we often ignore through activity, defy with arrogance, or accept as unanswerable: “What’s the point?” In the vein of film classic It’s a Wonderful Life, author Antony Saragas reminds you that life is worth living and that sometimes your friends and family are your angels.
Dylan nicknamed Oskie is a budding baseball star. His father is the coach. Each of the characters in this novel went by a different nickname. The coach meant well but the overall presentation left a lot to be desired. The cover alludes to “One Week, Three Lives, and Three Deaths,” not a happy premise going in.
Each of the chapters ended in small poems or more accurately simple rhymes. I wanted to get more enthusiastic about the book but the entire presentation seemed rudderless and scattered. The development of young men with a strong character in their lives is important. Team sports certainly helps to develop those characteristics but I felt the thread of that development was broken in many places.
As the book rambled through many phases of the young players’ development I was hoping for a more concrete plot. I was hoping that a couple of them would join the military and have further direction in their lives. This didn’t happen and the lives lost were avoidable. 3.5 stars-CE Williams
Rosepoint Publishing: Three Stars
Genre: Limericks and Humorous Verse, Literature and Fiction
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Print Length: 136 pages
Publication Date: September 10, 2020
Source: Author requestTitle Link: Once Upon a Rhyme [Amazon]
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The Author: [Goodreads] Antony L. Saragas is a father, coach, attorney, judge, and writer. He has worked as a sports journalist and radio broadcaster and founded the Harlan County Boys & Girls Club in his hometown of Harlan, Kentucky. He now lives in Savannah, Georgia, where in addition to his career and writing, he enjoys any time with his kids, any nearby weight room, and any sunrise at the beach. His newest venture is The Average Man’s Adventures podcast. He is the author of Tales of a Small-Town King, which was published in 2018. –This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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