By James R. Parrish
Published by Dreaming Big Publications
Reviewed by Laura Martinez
ABOUT THE BOOK
A compelling, moving, life-or-death story about the survival of American democracy and Christian morality. A Paper Pauper on the Whistle Perch is a heart-rending sensitive, moving story of fear and danger, pain and struggle, futility and immorality in American democracy, which, like all other democracies throughout history, is destroying itself. Franklin Jefferson Adams represents the rank and file American - a non-politician who wants all Americans to be able to pursue "the American dream" and to be able to vote in a system in which he is no longer forced to vote for "the lesser of two evils." Adams is the average American caught in a deteriorating government and society. In his fantasies, which are complete vignettes, he suffers the agonies of almost all social and religious problems in American today.
3 out of 5 stars
Political novels are normally not my cup of tea but I found A Paper Pauper on the Whistle Perch to be an interesting read. Despite being written in the 80s a lot of the issues addressed in the novel are the same issues our country faces at the moment such as immigration and terrorism. Considering this year is also an election year, Parrish’s novel gives an alternative perspective. Although there were a lot of times where I felt the author was trying too hard to push his own political views upon readers. The overall plot of the novel didn’t really grab my attention and I found Franklin’s dream sequences much more entertaining than the actual story. But I would recommend this book to anyone who has a strong interest in politics.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The author had 37 years as a public newspaperman, teacher, and public relations official. He taught English and journalism for 22 years on the university level. He taught at Wallace Pack II prison, Windham School System, and Texas Department of Corrections. His B.S. degree is in English-journalism and government-economics. His M.A. is in English, and his work for the Ph.D. was in communications with a minor in political science. He attended the following universities: Texas, Stephen F. Austin, Oklahoma, Missouri Southern Illinois, and Southern Mississippi.
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.