Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Reflections After Reading Villa Mirabella

Villa Mirabella is the story of Jason Mirabella who finds himself back at home after living a “successful” life in California.  After things go wrong for him there, and he must escape home to gather his thoughts and move forward with his life.  Along the way he reconnects with his father and adult siblings and learns what is truly important in his life.

This novel is beautiful work about finding one’s purpose in the world and delivering to that purpose.  A quote directly from the novel spoke to me about my writing.  It’s so powerful, I put it permanently on my web site to remind me of it’s significance.

“…Real art is about showing a part of yourself, some thing from very deep inside you that maybe even you didn’t know was there.  And that means making yourself very vulnerable, and that can be really scary.  But if you do it right, you can create something truly beautiful.  Something that lasts.”

The character in the novel is talking about visual art, but what statement about art, including the art of writing, in general!  This quote helped me further refine my vision for my role as a writer in today’s world. 

Villa Mirabella was recommended as a summer time read for last year.  If you haven’t read it, put it on your warm weather reading list for this year.

Have you read anything lately that helped you understand more clearly your role in today’s world?  I’d love hear your comments!

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