A playful and moving book of essays by a "born storyteller" (Seattle Times) who invites us into the miraculous and transcendent moments of the everyday
When Brian Doyle passed away at the age of 60 after a bout with brain cancer, he left behind a cult-like following of devoted listeners who regard his writing as one of the best-kept secrets of the 21st century. Doyle writes with a delightful sense of wonder about the sanctity of everyday things, and about love and connection in all their forms: spiritual love, brotherly love, romantic love, and even the love of a nine-foot sturgeon.
At a moment when the world can sometimes feel darker than ever, Doyle's writing, which constantly evokes the humor and even bliss that life affords, is a balm. His essays manage to find, again and again, exquisite beauty in the quotidian, whether it's the awe of a child the first time she hears a river, or a husband's whiskers that a grieving widow misses seeing in her sink every morning.
Through Doyle's eyes, nothing is dull. David James Duncan sums up Doyle's sensibilities best in his introduction to the collection: "Brian Doyle lived the pleasure of bearing daily witness to quiet glories hidden in people, places and creatures of little or no size, renown, or commercial value, and he brought inimitably playful or soaring or aching or heartfelt language to his tellings."
A life's work, One Long River of Song invites listeners to experience joy and wonder in ordinary moments that become, under Doyle's rapturous and exuberant gaze, extraordinary.
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- Amazon Customer
Listen. With your heart and your mind. Listen.
Our book club read this book. I was late to the game so chose the Audible version. Oooo sweet blessing. I listened. And listened again. I laughed, I cried, I groaned - it is an interactive blessing of thoughts. Listen.
- Marianne Murphy Zarzana
Essays by a Master Storyteller
This collection of essays pulled me in from the start and never let go. Brian Doyle has the Irish gift for telling true tales of the extraordinary shining right there in the everyday. His well-wrought words weave strands of wry humor and humility, faith and doubt, gratitude and wonder. The narrator was excellent, with a voice that brought the author's words to life with natural ease and grace. This book was a balm to listen to at the end of 2020 and start of 2021. I've already bought copies as gifts and will highly recommend this Audible version to others. My heartfelt thanks to Brian Doyle who left these words behind and to all those who labored to share them with a world that mightily needs them.