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*Read Epub ç Marcel Malone ⚜ Dr Vera Lewis has a difficult but intriguing patient, Marcel, whose symptoms result from multiple levels of rejection from family, colleagues, relationships, and those journals that receive his poetry submissions Desperate to achieve a breakthrough, Vera prescribes a very unusual treatment that begins to desensitize Marcel to rejection, albeit with unexpected side effects It is only when Vera brings poetry into their therapy sessions that Marcel begins to reveal his deeper problems, and is able to confront the demons of his past As for Vera, she has her own problemsSet mostly in Washington, DC, Marcel Malone is a story of how the love of poetry can lead to personal transformation Marcel Malone is the first, short but ambitious novel by the poet scientist engineer Lew Watts Watts has published in many haiku journals over the past decade and it is likely that Marcel Malone inhabits a landscape populated with carefully crafted poems and poets because of Watts familiarity with the meter, discipline and beauty of poetry In this novel insights into life s emotional dilemmas are inevitably revealed by discovering and distilling one s experiences into a haiku of less than Marcel Malone is the first, short but ambitious novel by the poet scientist engineer Lew Watts Watts has published in many haiku journals over the past decade and it is likely that Marcel Malone inhabits a landscape populated with carefully crafted poems and poets because of Watts familiarity with the meter, discipline and beauty of poetry In this novel insights into life s emotional dilemmas are inevitably revealed by discovering and distilling one s experiences into a haiku of less than seventeen syllables.Marcel Malone is also the namesake character of the novel He is a 30 year old accountant and the only child of an Italian American mother who died of cervical cancer when he was 15 His father is an Irish American who, in Marcel s estimation, wanted an athletic engineer for a son and was disappointed with Marcel s interest in poetry, music and fly fishing Since the death of his mother, Marcel has become increasingly afraid of both being alone and being rejected As a result, his relationships with everything, his colleagues, his apartment, his potential romantic partners, his food, and his imagination are fragmented, transactional, and despairingly played out in iambic pentameter.Finally, Marcel Malone is also the title of a journal kept by psychologist Vera Lewis, the protagonist of the story The first words she writes in her journalprecisely describe the journal s true subject My name is Vera Lewis Vera is the Washington D.C therapist for the character Marcel Malone and she is fascinated by Marcel s use of poetry to both bury and, eventually, excavate his innermost emotional injuries and the invented behaviors that have locked him within an everdysfunctional life Early in their relationship, Marcel uses the reliable rhythm of sonnets to carefully contain and camouflage every conversation to its least threatening illusion Vera purchases the 1992 edition of To Read a Poem by former U.S Poet Laureate Donald Hall to better understand her patient s staggering reliance upon cadence Vera discovers the ability of great poems to reveal powerful insight and truthfulness, uncovering a dark cache of her own, long buried, painful memories.This novel is ultimately the story of Vera s and Marcel s journey towards the adult selves that had otherwise remained undiscoverable, save for the knowledge poet Donald Hall describes as the essence of Haiku two images, the second of which is a surprise Both characters construct conventionally familiar lives, beneath which lie feelings of hopelessness and subjugation The behaviors and characters they lock themselves within provide a distraction from the rather hard work of being in charge of their own lives They both also create surrogate personalities, filling their waking hours with supplemental layers of distraction to help them avoid memories increasingly lurking just beneath the surface and growing in their destructive power at every emotional intersection Vera s constructed identity might otherwise pass for a successful, professional life, filled with good looks, an advanced education, challenging and thoughtful work, beautiful rewards, busy schedules, important responsibilities, smart colleagues and fine food In Vera s case, problems begin to emerge when the external forces of life continue to change A husband decides to trade his moral principles for better pay A supposed friend leaves the country without a word Another friend crashes her marriage into a wall of deceitful sexual dramas, making Vera an accomplice The reliable, static identity Vera has come to depend upon is flatly unable to adapt or respond.As the novel progresses, Vera increasingly finds herself wanting less scripted andmeaningful interactions than she or her friends and relatives are willing to offer She finds her husband s increasingly liquid character traits reprehensible and she resents the lack of emotional reciprocity of her two flaky friends, as anyone would Somewhat mystically, Vera finds emotional salvation and intellectual fulfillment in the directness of poetry, but even this feels like a false floor upon which Vera hopes to stand While her exploration of poetry s ability to reveal truth and experience has an intensity unlike any other ambition in her life, it becomes a distraction, another compulsive layer of new obligations, bolstering the emotional barrier between her and the past that she had previously hoped to tear down.For Marcel and Vera, rescuing their authentic selves is a difficult process, requiring the candid confrontation of both painful memories and childhood misconceptions The story that Watts tells feels slightly heroic Marcel finds the courage to confront his past and attempts to climb out of the emotional enclosure that his rigidly bound, sonnet filled routine has created But Vera s heroism reads far less convincingly Watts casts Vera as a professionally engaged yet personally distant and passive aggressive actor Each step Vera takes serves to create another deceit Vera lies to herself, to her colleagues to her husband and to Marcel, skillfully avoiding the ugly and painful realities that keep her running towards the exits.Near the end of the novel there is a dissatisfying rush towards plot resolution that involves a surprise cultural identity and geographic shift for Vera She abandons her personal relationships, assembled over many years, to escape a life she finds too dissatisfying to continue Vera trades them for yet another work obsessed relationship with another man in another place While I m not certain this is the resolution Watts was looking for, it underscores the human capacity to run from pain and personal responsibility.Watts first novel is a tale that captures many of the distractions and pitfalls of the fast forward information age in which we construct our professional adult lives, today His writing imaginatively captures the flavor of the superficial, obligatory cocktail of corporate friendships and the way children are dragged along behind the tragedies and accidents of their parents lives The novel considers the question of whether contemporary human adults can ever stop the flywheel of self destructive emotional habits internalized after decades of emotional trauma or chasing the illusion of success along a meandering pathway of least resistance Ironically, the patient Marcel Malone demonstrates to the healer, Vera Lewis, that a route out of the hell of social pretense can be found Vera hopes that the magic of poetry can propel her out of that hell and into the arms of an authentic and impassioned life In her journal, Vera writes about the optimism suggested by the poet laureate Donald Hall When we read great poetry, something changes within us that stays changed This novel is a splendid way to consider whether personal hope or social convention is thepowerful authority Enter to win a signed copy of Marcel Malone and see my Q A with the author Lew Watts readrantrockandroll.com The giveaway starts 12am 7 30 17 and ends 12am 8 6 17.I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book Marcel Malone is a first novel for Lew Watts and one that is definitely unique.Vera and Raymond are a married couple living in DC Vera is a psychiatrist who lacks attention from her husband as he placesimportance on his job as a lobbyist Raymond worries about his Enter to win a signed copy of Marcel Malone and see my QA with the author Lew Watts readrantrockandroll.com The giveaway starts 12am 7 30 17 and ends 12am 8 6 17.I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book Marcel Malone is a first novel for Lew Watts and one that is definitely unique.Vera and Raymond are a married couple living in DC Vera is a psychiatrist who lacks attention from her husband as he placesimportance on his job as a lobbyist Raymond worries about his reputationthan anything and lacks the ability to pick up on Vera s needs.The focus in the story is mainly Vera and her life with her patients A particular patient that she becomes almost dependent on is Marcel Marcel enjoys reading and writing poetry which is something he and Vera have in common They share their thoughts with each other and Vera looks forward to these conversations The result of this relationship and Vera s own curiosity results in a story with interlaced poetry which I thought was unique, and the poetry just might be what they both need to unleash the pastNear this rose, in this grove of sun parched, wind warped madronas,Among the half dead trees, I came upon the true ease of myself,As if another man appeared out of the depths of my being,And I stood outside myself,lines from The Rose by Theodore RoethkeAs Vera learnsabout Marcel, she learns that he s had a hard time with rejection in the past and Vera prescribes a new experiment of paradoxical intervention and journal writing to see if it might help him as a sort of rejection therapy This becomes comical at times, but the outcome she receives from this is unexpected and Vera finds that her own demons and life choices need to be addressed.The story kept me interested enough to finish it and the ending was quite emotional for me There were a few times where I became bored with the story as there wasn t a lot of excitement, but then something would happen or a mystery would be introduced which would yank me right back in again I ve always enjoyed poetry, especially Haiku, and I think that anyone who has an appreciation for it will enjoy this book Even those that don t particularly care for poetry willthan likely enjoy it I have a goodly amount of authors and books to add to my list now after reading it and I d like to thank the author for sharing a complimentary copy of this book with me.4 This was an very interesting read First off, it had a subtle or an invisible hook that pulled me right into the story Initially, I thought it was the finely drawn main characters that I liked despite the two of them having less than admirable traits Marcel and Vera patient and Therapist At our introduction, we see and learn that Marcel routinely curls up in a ball on the floor of his therapist A shrinking violet A coward Flawed Someone that needs a grip, for sure Vera is not much bette This was an very interesting read First off, it had a subtle or an invisible hook that pulled me right into the story Initially, I thought it was the finely drawn main characters that I liked despite the two of them having less than admirable traits Marcel and Vera patient and Therapist At our introduction, we see and learn that Marcel routinely curls up in a ball on the floor of his therapist A shrinking violet A coward Flawed Someone that needs a grip, for sure Vera is not much better as she willingly accepts a lesser role in her marriage a marriage that centers on her husband s DC Lobbyist career along with her supporting position in the circle of their friends and associates The story eventually has Marcel and Vera in a sought of soft and positive entanglement as Therapist helps patient and patient helps Therapist The dance starts out when Vera introduces Writing Therapy poetry in this case and a curious method of intervention rejection conditioning a dating service in this case Poetry eventually seeps back to the Therapist and it begins to have a good effect on both of them Throughout the story poetry is used beautifully to move the story along The Authors writing style was the strongest aspect of the book A skilled fisherman with an invisible hook embedded in nearly every line He pulls with barely a trace of tension, save a few necessary moments along the way Near the end, when I couldn t put the book down, I discovered the truth of it It was the merging of poetry and prose that put the story in the net The book might just as well have been titled A Poem Runs Through It.If you like psychology, poetry and excellent storytelling, Marcel Malone is the book to read I look forward to Lew Watts next great work Psychologist Vera Lewis has joined a clinical practice started by co founders Carolyn and John Mainly business professionals are referred to her Most bore herthat is until Marcel Malone Marcel spends therapy sessions curled in a pose of rigid fright He struggles with melancholy and repeated rejection Vera, John and Carolyn meet weekly to discuss their patients A plan emerges to try to help Marcel.Vera s therapeutic method includes Writing Therapy and Paradoxical Intervention Vera sug Psychologist Vera Lewis has joined a clinical practice started by co founders Carolyn and John Mainly business professionals are referred to her Most bore herthat is until Marcel Malone Marcel spends therapy sessions curled in a pose of rigid fright He struggles with melancholy and repeated rejection Vera, John and Carolyn meet weekly to discuss their patients A plan emerges to try to help Marcel.Vera s therapeutic method includes Writing Therapy and Paradoxical Intervention Vera suggests that Marcel keep a journal to express his feelings He chooses poetry as his vehicle of self expression Marcel produces sonnets that are stilted He creates poetic verse and speaks in meter that simulates the beat of music This beat provides him with cocoon like comfort Additionally, Vera recommends that Marcel register with a dating service hoping that each new date and rejection will desensitize him and free him from his social struggles Personal pain of rejection will be lessened because Vera sets the target behavior absolving Marcel of any responsibility for being rejected.Vera not only reads Marcel s poetry, she purchases poetry books and explores them as a means to connect with Marcel As Marcel s life opens up, Vera s life is deconstructing She needs to learn to embrace her own advice She needs to journalize her feelings for husband Raymond and her self absorbed friends Poetic writings will be the catalyst for Vera as well Marcel Malone explores the techniques of Bibliotherapy, Writing Therapy and Paradoxical Intervention to help Marcel by using his love of poetry to create clarity, clear the hurdle of deep feelings of isolation, and create opportunities to build self esteem Marcel Malone was a very enjoyable tome An impressive pairing of psychology and poetry Marcel Malone by Lew Watts was a unique, fascinating 5 star read Thank you to author Lew Watts for a review copy of Marcel Malone in exchange for my honest review