Brain: The Man Who Wrote the Book That Changed the World

Brain: The Man Who Wrote the Book That Changed the World It s the classic dilemma of the writer Do you write what s in your heart or do you write what sells In this modern age of publishing there is a huge chasm between the best selling authors that are rich beyond their dreams and well, everybody else All Daniel Waterstone ever wanted to do was write the great American novel and change the landscape of modern literature forever He has two literary books in print but no one s buying His agent won t even accept his latest masterpiece which he poured his soul into apparently, it s not commercial enough In a final act of desperation, Daniel decides to write not what s in his heart but what he thinks will sell Boy, did he get that one wrongworst of all, most likely lose the woman of his dreams I loved this book It s funny, imaginative and captivating I connected with the themes immediately, which kept me reading with vivid interest until the end The characters are rich and the protagonist Daniel is someone that I looked forward to spend time with at each opportunity I had to continue reading Dermot Davis writing style flows like a river in the summer, it s easy to get along with and a joy to experience This is a must read for anyone interested in writing or anything to do wi I loved this book It s funny, imaginative and captivating I connected with the themes immediately, which kept me reading with vivid interest until the end The characters are rich and the protagonist Daniel is someone that I looked forward to spend time with at each opportunity I had to continue reading Dermot Davis writing style flows like a river in the summer, it s easy to get along with and a joy to experience This is a must read for anyone interested in writing or anything to do with that field, but also I would recommend it to everyone purely because it will make you laugh, and it will make you smile An unusual, compelling, satirical look at the dysfunctional world of writing and publishing The madness in this book is so real and so possible, it is chilling in its accuracy I found myself at times nodding in complete agreement, and at others laughing to the point of tears In effortlessly engaging prose, Dermot Davis delivers a non judgemental, impassioned discourse, condensing the human condition down to the twin universal truths we go through life not knowing who we really are and we ar An unusual, compelling, satirical look at the dysfunctional world of writing and publishing The madness in this book is so real and so possible, it is chilling in its accuracy I found myself at times nodding in complete agreement, and at others laughing to the point of tears In effortlessly engaging prose, Dermot Davis delivers a non judgemental, impassioned discourse, condensing the human condition down to the twin universal truths we go through life not knowing who we really are and we are all terribly alone.The story is an all too commonplace contemporary tale of unrewarded talent Ever since his graduation, when he triumphantly won a minor literary award, Daniel Waterstone has pursued his self appointed destiny of joining the great classic novelists by penning a definitive work which will herald a new renaissance in American literature Ten years on, his life is narrow and Spartan, he has no friends, practically no family his mother, an emotionally cold woman, lives far away and his only interactions are with his greedy literary agent and a sweet and wise eighty three year old librarian Women are a mystery to Daniel and one for which he seems to have no time or inclination Until he meets Clare, a beautiful musician, but Daniel s initial enthusiasm is sadly dampened when she turns out to be utterly bonkers.Daniel has published two novels, both well received by critics, but ignored by the buying public When his agent drops the bombshell that his publishers have rejected his latest masterpiece and want their advance back, Daniel hits rock bottom In a desperate mental state, literally starving and unable to pay for his rent or utilities, he starts writing a bitter, over the top satire, lampooning the latest best selling self help guides What happens next is a whirlwind of craziness and greed fuelled nonsense which, eerily, mimics real life.Daniel is a quirky, improbable hero At first, there is nothing about him to like he is vain, self centred and arrogant, condescendingly believing himself superior to the masses But, as the story unfolds, and Daniel s life quietly unravels, we discover a core of understated decency and uncomplaining honesty that endears him to us and makes us root for him The supporting characters are economically but effectively portrayed There are some cartoonish villains and a couple of likeable, supportive souls, but Daniel carries the whole book on his resigned shoulders His moral dilemma is clearly defined, and I enjoyed the scathing, clear sighted depiction of the routine exploitation of talent by certain members of the publishing industry The narrative is well paced, always lively but gathering speed and momentum in concert with the increasingly surreal craziness of the developments A clever, often hilarious, and very honest book that should appeal to a large segment of the reading public, and one that I would be happy to read again.Reviewed by Angelica Bentley for The Kindle Book Review The Kindle Book Review received a free copy of this book for an independent, fair, and honest review We are not associated with the author or Brain The Man Who Wrote the Book That Changed the World was recommended to be by a book reviewer, who told me you are an author, you should read it Since I value this reviewer a lot I did The book exceeded my expectations.The story begins like many stories about starving authors begin, only the description is much funnier.Daniel Waterstone has always known that he wanted to become an author, stepping directly into footsteps of F Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, et al Right after grad Brain The Man Who Wrote the Book That Changed the World was recommended to be by a book reviewer, who told me you are an author, you should read it Since I value this reviewer a lot I did The book exceeded my expectations.The story begins like many stories about starving authors begin, only the description is much funnier.Daniel Waterstone has always known that he wanted to become an author, stepping directly into footsteps of F Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, et al Right after graduating college he begins to write such brilliant novels, only readers won t buy them After his first two novels fail to take off, his agent Suzanne has to tell him that his next two babies master pieces are not the kind of work that people want to buy, right now More than disappointed, almost destroyed, Daniel heads home and accidentally meets an author, who has everything he wants A bestselling book and adoring fans, who ahh and ohh at each of his words at an author signing The bestelling book is a self help book of doubtable value Daniel observes Yet here was the gullible and evidently misguided public lining up for an audience with a weird snake oil salesman who was either an out and out fraud or, if he really believed in the idiocy that he was writing, a certifiable crazy person Appalled and desperate Daniel decides to write a satire about self help methods, of course in the tradition of the great satirists Orwell, Dickens, and Cervantes.Daniel pens You Have a Brain Use it under the under the nom de plume Charles Spectrum.When he does not hear from Suzanne before his phone service is cut off Daniel falls into a depression Finally Suzanne can indeed make contact with Daniel after she pays his phone bill Daniel s book is on its way to become a national bestseller, but not as a parody but as a self help book Readers are taking the satirical title literally, following the funny meant suggested procedures to a T, and often much longer than suggested Readers want Daniel to be Charles Spectrum.From there the Brain The Man Who Wrote the Book That Changed the World takes off to a hilariously funny journey through the world of publishing and it s marketing, as well as offering a critical perspective at the booming self help industry.I read the book cover to cover and got up only once to get coffee I just could not stop reading Brain is truly hilarious Highly recommended to authors and aspiring authors, college grads, and people, who view the self help industry with bit of a critical eye The book reminded me of Being There book by Jerzy Kosinski and movie directed by Hal Ashby Gisela Hausmann author blogger Brain The Man Who Wrote the Book That Changed the World Dermot DavisJust what makes a best seller Is it a good romance, mystery or thriller with a plot filled with murder, intrigue, hot and steamy sex Aspiring writers hope that their novel will not only be on the Times best seller list but reach number one Some might be na ve enough to think they might write the next great American Novel Think again Vampire s books, self help, murder, humor, satire which topic or genre would warrant being Brain The Man Who Wrote the Book That Changed the World Dermot DavisJust what makes a best seller Is it a good romance, mystery or thriller with a plot filled with murder, intrigue, hot and steamy sex Aspiring writers hope that their novel will not only be on the Times best seller list but reach number one Some might be na ve enough to think they might write the next great American Novel Think again Vampire s books, self help, murder, humor, satire which topic or genre would warrant being titled the Great American Novel Daniel Waterstone creates quite a stir at his college graduation when he receives the college s literary award Thinking that he would just take a bow and then move on with the agenda for the graduation little did the Dean realize that the audience was in for a speech that would definitely change the entire course of the graduation Wanting to define Western literature, the classics and hoping to revitalize interest in authors such as Twain or Hemmingway Daniel set about captivating his audience Ten years later with his car falling apart, engine dying in the middle of busy intersections Daniel hopes that his literary career will skyrocket with his latest novel The Impossible Dream II But, not every dream comes to be and not every novel regardless of the quality and skill of the writer will sell Meeting with his agent Suzanne Daniel sets his hopes high thinking that she is about to get him signings, speaking engagements and hopefully a huge royalty check But, instead she practically sends him out the restaurant door Even worse the advance he received for the novel they are not going to publish the publisher wants it back Money spent, car on the double fritz, threats of being evicted, no electricity and no phones, Daniel goes on quest to figure out how he can write something others might want to read But, first he winds up walking into a bookstore and listens to a prominent and successful self help author named Randy Guswhite talk about his book titled Take Control of Your Life Listening to him talk to his audience you begin to wonder whether reality TV has taken over the world of literature and whether the public is really that gullible and believes everything they hear and read So, Daniel decides right there and then to meet with his friend Mavis at his local library talk about his situation and then proceeds to take out every book by every major satirist and writes his own The book titled Use Your Brain is an instant wonder but not before his agent discounts it at first, her assistant reads and loves it and members of her staff copy it and even try some of the insane and ridiculous exercises mentioned that would make their lives better Would you read the Bible backwards singing Happy Birthday to you Would you walk backwards singing If I Were A Rich Man banging two sauce pan lids together Well everyone reading his book thinks it s great and he is an instant best selling author except for one thing He never wanted the book considered self help he thought he wrote a satire Wrong again Daniel But, the book was written under the name Charles Spectrum and his agent is all over him to promote promote promote Evenshe wants him to speak to audiences in bookstores about his book and when he does wait until you see what he says and how the audiences react You just won t believe Daniel loves the hype but is in danger of losing Daniel He even verbalizes to his audience that he is a fraud, they are all frauds and that the answers to questions that want answered are right in front of themselves Will Daniel become the next F Scott Fitzgerald or Hemingway Will he make it to the rankings of Twain or Dickens Just how gullible is the public and just how far will he go to be a success With an audience lined up around the corner to hear Randy speak will Daniel turn heads or raise eyebrows when the harsh reality of what he is doing sets in You Have a Brain Use It Will it change the world When his agent finally contacts him and pays his late phone bill what is her real motive for wanting to help him now Those reading his book are taking the title literally and believe everything Charles Spectrum spouts Funny, humorous and yet sad to think that publishers are looking to publish and market books that will boost their sales, five people want they want but quality writing well you decides after reading this book Once you start reading this book and get to know Daniel Charles and hear Suzanne s assessment of his work, his career and her projection for his future you begin to wonder just where he might go with this and if he will really write a sequel Television appearances, signings, talks, seminars and general appearances bring him instant success But, is this really what Daniel wants and is this Daniel Will he continue down this road or will he go back to being Daniel Daniel Charles has his own fans and following This book is quite profound in many ways as it gets you to think about the inner workings of the publishing industry and just how far apart authors and publishers are when creating and publishing better works for readers Claire Peterson works for Suzanne creating music for many of her presentations as the author allows readers inside the meeting room and we hear what is planned for Daniel s book we wonder just how far this agent will go to promote Daniel and for what reason So many venues that are out there and so many that she has tapped whether talks, meetings, speakers that would relate his message in different states, cities and countries just what does Daniel really think and how does he relate his feelings to Claire Will he continue down this road to make money and be able to start over on his own Will he continue to compromise his own values and sink so low he won t recognize himself Author Dermot Davis asks readers to think long and hard about what Daniel is doing and if in the same position would they do the same How far would you go to get fame, fortune and recognition How much of yourself would you compromise Events spiraled out of control as Daniel decided to air his feelings on national television, Suzanne disappeared before the may lay occurred, a blackmailer thought he d cash in on his fame, truths come out about what he wrote but the ending will definitely astound readers Daniel looks deep inside himself with the help of Claire trying to find his own niche and way in life Readers claiming they hear and see spirits on national television Elementals come to life and can be heard, a woman claims she levitates and another winds up in jail claiming he was asleep when a crime was committed But, just what is real, fiction or just strange Are people sane or insane or has the world gone mad Would you chuck it all for two million dollars Wait until you find out what Daniel decides to do, the revelations he makes and his definition of truth, integrity and hope As Claire shares her music with Daniel and he listens to the special sounds she creates readers can get caught up in the music as she allows it to flow choosing different instruments to play which melody, tempo and the volume for each part allowing listeners, Daniel and readers to understand the emotions that music evokes Joy, happiness, sorry and excitement Just where does Daniel wind up and what will be his final great novel Will there be a Great American Novel or will he take another path Where does Suzanne wind up What happens to the Brain organization What about Daniel s book Brain The Man Who Wrote the Book that Changed the World Dermot Davis Wrote a book that is filled with humor, satire, sarcasm, anecdotes that are hilarious, stunts that I know he would not want any of his readers to try as they are a figment of Charles Spectrum s imagination andRead this book and you decide if this is not a book that will make you think the next time you read a Twain, Dickens, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Oscar Wilde, Thoreau or Louis Stevenson if they are the only ones that can write a novel that changed the world This is definitely a FIVE STAR KEY OF C NOVEL Fran Lewis Reviewer

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