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The Juggler

by Sebastian Beaumont

Abandoning familial commitments and relationships in his previously Prozac protected life of mediocrity, Mark’s journey is one of karmic retribution as he seeks refuge and a new beginning. This is a rollercoaster novel of doubts and delusions, actions and reactions, consequences and responsibilities, with nuggets of philosophical wisdom scattered along the way. The author paints a spellbinding picture loaded with psychological devices and soul-searching choices as we follow this metaphorical journey into the human psyche.

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‘She told me I should take responsibility for myself,’ he said. ‘But I find that I don’t really understand what responsibility is. When I left home and came down here, I seemed to be taking responsibility for the fact that my life was suffocating me and that I needed to get away from it or else it would kill me. But here …. Well, I tried to fit in at Baker’s Yard but it didn’t work. I’ve tried to do useful jobs around the house and that’s been a disaster. I have accepted your refuge, but ultimately it seems to me that taking responsibility for my life will have to be done by facing the world outside these walls first, and not by hiding from it.’

Parallels

The Magus by John Fowles
The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim by Jonathan Coe
 

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