Posted by: irenesroth | February 20, 2015

Paddy Bostock Book Review

71+K6qkSZyL._SL1050_[1]Peace on Earth
By Paddy Bostock

This is a very thought-provoking adventure-type novel which will keep the reader reading and reflecting on the absurdity of life and what we humans do as a matter of habit. I just couldn’t put the book down.

This book has a very unique story line. The characters in this book are quite off the wall and even foolish. They seem to be unable to grasp the magnitude of what they are really searching after. I wonder if the characters resemble our culture that has always been at war and is unable to somehow come to terms a peaceful world because it too is out of their grasp. We have always been fighting and at war. So, it would seem that we don’t know what peace means and we are always living in strife, even within our own communities.

From the peculiar blend of people and incidents ensues a quest that seems to be of mock-epic scope for an object whose origins are nebulous and current location which is cast in doubt. The outcome of this storyline results in a wild chase one which is unexpected for an adventure story of this kind. Peace on Earth seems to have a bit of resemblance of a rewrite of the Grail Quest.

Paddy Bostock’s rationalizations throughout the book are so irrational, illogical, and even nonsensical in places that they serve to boost the overall mood of triumphant futility. There is also serendipity to some of the coincidences in the book, one that will keep the reader guessing and wondering what will happen next. This is further enhanced by some magnificent coincidences which serve to enthrone serendipity.

Despite this, Peace on Earth contains a very serious message which involves the lengths that humans will go to self-promote themselves and self-flatter themselves over and over again—believing that they are more important than they really are. Can this kind of self-importance ever be attained by human beings? Why do we keep being so ambitious? Peace on Earth shows how vain human beings are and how we focus on the wrong things to better ourselves. It makes us pause and examine the real worth of the goals we pursue unreflectively and busily continuing as if we are pawns on a chess board. If only we stepped back and took stock first. Or, have we become too busy for that?

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth


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