Verdict: THE CONVERSATION offers spirituality through poetry in a thoughtful, meditative work with rich visual and emotional imagery.
The author recounts a spiritual experience in the form of a dream conversation with a mysterious being.
On a vacation to Ithaca in the Greek Isles, the narrator had a series of dreams that he believes unfolded to him at least part of the meaning and secret of existence. He found himself in a boat on the sea, with a companion who could communicate with him not only through words, but also through their deeper meaning and intent, mind to mind. He wrote down as much as he could of the conversation, which centered around the purpose of existence, the central nature of Love and its associated energy in the cosmos, and what happens to us during and after our human lives. The dream recollection is mingled with descriptions of the author’s activities on Ithaca with his wife and friends, which both mirror and enhance the philosophy revealed in the dream.
THE CONVERSATION unfolds in a dreamlike, visually and sensually descriptive way that reflects the tone of the author’s experience. Author Jeff Cannon has a gift for vivid details that set not only the scene but the emotion of a moment, and help to enhance the book’s message. The philosophy propounded is a gentle and caring one, without malice or being judgmental, and it is expounded clearly and thoughtfully. The relaxed, peaceful tone of the work encourages the reader to take time to consider and think on its meaning.
Sometimes the earnest eloquence of the writing can get a bit tangled and awkward – “It was the current of Love that I watched being shared as my wife laughed and smiled and enjoyed the pool of energy we all enjoyed each other in,” for example. The author’s philosophy, too, is based pretty much entirely on assertions made by his dream-companion, and does not contain the evidence needed to convince skeptics – a more literal, rationalist reader might point out, for example, that it is not Love but nuclear fusion that “sparks the light and burns the fires of the sun and stars.”
THE CONVERSATION offers spirituality through poetry in a thoughtful, meditative work with rich visual and emotional imagery.