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.
MY REVIEW (3.5-4 stars)
James Parrish has written a wonderful, strangely relevant story about the fate of American democracy, interweaved with conflicts of the family. The main character, Franklin Jefferson Adams, finds himself in a position of power he never wanted and is forced to take action.
I found the story engaging and liked that we got to get such a close look at the internal conflict within Adams’ mind. His dream-like state added an extra flavor to the story that I found aesthetic, dark and revealing of his character. There were only a couple times where I felt that the lead-up into these scenes were forced, where other characters had to tell Adams – you need some sleep – before a vignette would start.
As the story went on, however, they seemed more natural. I found myself interested in both stories happening, in the internal conflict that Adams was forced to face as well as the external, physical, violent conflict that he had to face on the surface. In a way, his character seemed to have two personalities, one of self-doubt and the other seemingly confident, and I liked that. It just further proves the conflicts he is facing.
My biggest critique would be that I found the enemies in the novel one-dimensional. Between Benedict Rothersfield and the unnamed terrorists, there were points when I felt like the enemies weren’t very real threats. However, I still enjoyed the tension that emerged from the violent attacks we do get to see and hear about, as well as the critique of America that remains relevant today.
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.
DISCLAIMER: 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.