“Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.” – J.M. Barrie
Author Frank Scozzari’s novel ‘From Afar’ is a biographic story about a man’s search for romantic love and the sights & sounds he encounters along the way. Morgan Stanfield’s journey from California, America into the heartland of Russia is a long adventure into discovering various facets of life and in the end gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of the notion of love itself.
An American hero travels to Russia but not to fight masterful spies and save the world but to win the heart of a girl he met on the internet. And along with the love story, you will be greeted by a wonderfully apportioned travelogue of Russia that is high on romanticism and is also culturally rich.
The narrative is quite clever in that it provides plenty of hints and clues to the reader as to lead them to believe the direction the story is moving forward while simultaneously moving the story in a different course from what it had you thinking. The hero Morgan is witty, poetic, hopelessly romantic and yet pragmatic about life.
At times there is this dark, melancholic side to the proceedings, partly reflective of the mental state of the lead protagonist. And this mood is something anyone who has ever loved someone will be able to relate with. You will once again fall in love or at least with the idea of romantic love.
From afar and from near, this novel shines through because of its understated brilliance in writing and conception. This one’s for all the lovers in the world.
Paperback: 198 pages
Publisher: Solstice Publishing (March 5, 2015)