by Cliff Taylor
A cleverly crafted and engaging novel built around real events that shaped our modern world.
Sidney does not really wish to celebrate his one hundredth birthday as he struggles to come to terms with the choices he has made in his life and some of the choices that were made for him.
Passionate, well-meaning, and sometimes foolish decisions flit in and out of his ageing memory. Doubt, guilt, regret.
At the same time, to the south of Barcelona, there has been a discovery of a victim of the Spanish Civil War, buried with a silver locket. Taylor skillfully creates a tale that ultimately conjoins both events.
I consumed this novel in three sittings and found it a real page-turner. A fictional life story made real with interesting, subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, political commentary. Also made real by the creation of a centenarian who is really not sure if he has ever done the right thing in his long life, if he has ever loved or been loved.
Truly enjoyable read, Thank you Mr Taylor. I would recommend this work to anyone who appreciates the art of storytelling.
Author: Cliff Taylor
Publisher: Quentin Wilson Publishing