“Journey in the Dark”December 15, 2009 at 9:59 am | Posted in Fiction | 1 Comment
Journey in the Dark is essentially a rags-to-riches story. Martin Flavin gives us Sam Braden, a boy driven to wealth by the demons of his poor childhood, only to find that his vision of success may not be all he had imagined after all.
This story was tough for me to read. The protagonist and I both started working at age 10, and there were many other parallels between this fictional life and mine. It’s a sad tale, relieved by a few moments of humor. The title seems to refer to Sam’s fumbling attempts to find a place for himself in the world, without a clear idea of where he’s going to wind up.
Why read a book if it’s going to bum you out? This question seems to be cropping up a lot lately. For me, a book needs to feel true, and thus it needs to contain an element of heartbreak. Beautiful writing about a painful subject can make it seem less grim. Literature can help us find the beam of light behind the dark cloud in our own lives.