A lesson in originality

by Glen Alan Burke

With Glen Alan Burke’s ‘Jesse’, what could have been a wonderful piece of literature unfortunately fell flat.

Although starting off slightly confusing, it soon picked up pace and became promising. However, that promise was never realised.

The increasingly blatant (to the point of outright statement) retelling of the new testament in a Southern American, racism-centric setting is painful to read. Where suggestion and semblance would have made for an interestingly debatable scenario, a supporting cast with names like ‘Pete’ and ‘Bart’ and a number of other almost mirror-image points of reference, take away anything unique or original that the author could have offered the world.

Add to that a sudden ending that attempts to add mystery after having laid out its purpose for all to see and you are left with an unfortunate short fall for this potentially wonderful storyteller.

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