Song of George: Portrait of an Unlikely Holy Man #2020

Song of George: Portrait of an Unlikely Holy Man By Jesse S. Hanson Song of George Portrait of an Unlikely Holy Man Suppose you were standing like a tourist protected by a guardrail over an opening into the pit of hell when suddenly the rail gave way and you tumbled in You wouldn t know why consumed with fear or
  • Title: Song of George: Portrait of an Unlikely Holy Man
  • Author: Jesse S. Hanson
  • ISBN: 9780984615414
  • Page: 459
  • Format: Paperback
  • Song of George: Portrait of an Unlikely Holy Man By Jesse S. Hanson Suppose you were standing, like a tourist protected by a guardrail, over an opening into the pit of hell, when suddenly the rail gave way and you tumbled in You wouldn t know why consumed with fear or anger, and surrounded by utter misery, it wouldn t make sense to you Yet the fate of many of the poor souls in our prison mental facilities is not so very different fromSuppose you were standing, like a tourist protected by a guardrail, over an opening into the pit of hell, when suddenly the rail gave way and you tumbled in You wouldn t know why consumed with fear or anger, and surrounded by utter misery, it wouldn t make sense to you Yet the fate of many of the poor souls in our prison mental facilities is not so very different from that scenario, their crimes often resulting from the effect of some form of mental illness Who can help them Enter George.
    Song of George: Portrait of an Unlikely Holy Man By Jesse S. Hanson
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    About "Jesse S. Hanson"

    1. Jesse S. Hanson

      I am a North Dakota rural Midwest USA native, writer musician, currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA I ve also lived for a considerable time in the Pacific Northwest USA and briefly in the Southwest USA So I suppose restlessness is a part of my nature I m never quite at home anywhere in the world And that is part of why spirituality is the focus of all my writing My novel, Song of George Portrait of an Unlikely Holy Man was published with All Things That Matter Press in July, 2010 I am very happy to be working with this publisher and to be included among their many fine authors Personally, I have no credentials, other than life itself, which I ve noticed, has a certain poetic intensity Anyway I write, I always have My wife, Lilasuka pronounced Leelashooka and I are part time performing folk rock musicians in the greater Pittsburgh and West Virginia Panhandle area Our band, The Primatives, for which I am the songwriter and guitar player, has two CD s The Lovers of Kali Yuga and Primitive Spirit You can check out some of our music at myspace theprimativesrock

    707 thoughts on “Song of George: Portrait of an Unlikely Holy Man”

    1. I liked this book Let me say upfront, it s not your conventional novel In fact, it breaks about every standard rule of writing there is which may be one of the reasons it appeals to me A literary work that s not readily pigeonholed I won t detail the storyline, that s been covered well in other reviews I d rather focus on Mr Hanson s style, which is most unusual Almost experimental Consider the characters There are a plethora of them So many, the author provides a cast list in the appendix Then [...]


    2. Enter George Serenity graces a facility for the criminally insane This plot sounds familiar enough, I thought, when I fist opened the book Who hasn t read the tale of a messiah entering a place in which depravity and confusion thrive And yet Song of George is surprisingly nuanced, reaching out beyond the obvious nature of the characters desperation and potential for renewal and faith, the text reaches beyond the obvious cliche of a messiah leading those astray Rather, Song of George was outlined [...]


    3. As Sarte wrote A madman s raving are absurd to the people around him but not to his mind That quote certainly relates to George, the main character, in Jesse S Hanson s Song of George Portrait of an Unlikely Holy Man A non tradional novelExperimental No clear narrative Similiar to a series of celluloid clips I found it a refreshing read from a different lens I wish Hanson had explored in depth the childhood brutality bad things that led to George s demonic need for drugs and alcohol which ultim [...]


    4. Song of George Portrait of an Unlikely Holy Man is not a novel it s pure Art This intense, unusual story contains original prose, poetry, song lyrics and artwork, all welded together by a thread of human suffering reminiscent of the great Russian authors such as Dostoevksy Although they are very different stories, at times the struggles and comradeship of George s disciples reminded me of Solzhenitsyn s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, with its portrayal of just how much anguish humanity [...]


    5. Song of George Review by Martha A Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat Within the same week he is released by the hospital and received by the Hennington County Jail, where he is to be held until his trial That turns out to be a period of eleven months He learns from his court appointed lawyer that he apparently broke through the glass doors of a Federal Building and vandalized an office there, miraculously avoiding the law enforcement units that arrived within five minutes of the building s al [...]


    6. Lyricism, spirituality elevates gritty novel about mental hospitalJesse S Hanson s literary novel makes visceral the brutality of homelessness, prison, and mental illness while simultaneously celebrating the possibility of love, illumination, redemption The resulting story, told through the collective tales of inmates whose lives have been transformed by one man, brims with mystery and poetry.Spiritual metaphysical content Medium Spirit has an advantage in mental hospitals As Hanson s hero says [...]


    7. Inside our prisons also exist a different kind of population These are people labeled mentally ill Because of the failing state of mental care facilities the mentally ill are now being relegated to penitentiaries In this book we get an in depth look at what goes on behind these locked doors through the eyes of three student researchers These three young men interview and get to know a few of the men on the 41st floor One of those men is George, the unlikely holy man George seems to have been sen [...]


    8. I enjoyed reading Jesse Hanson s Song of George, the story of a guru in the prison mental ward Graduate students Ansel, Ozwald, and Jeff are permitted to study and record the inmates of floor 41 for two months, during which time they learn not only what life is like in a large federal correctional institution, but also of the effect that George, the unlikely holy man, has on his fellow inmates.Hanson s unorthodox approach to telling George s story appealed to me from the beginning Through a hodg [...]


    9. Unheard and unseen by most of us, George sings his song, reaches out to his followers, and makes them aware of their imprisonment Jesse Hanson s novel would be just another insight into the mental prisons terrible life, if it wasn t for the frightening thoughts, What if we are prisoners, just like George is What if there is virtually no line between sanity and insanity George s words can make sense for most of us, and if so, how come we do not see that we are trapped inside our minds, going out [...]


    10. What a refreshing piece of work Instead of shying away from writng of the misfits of our society, Mr Hanson invites the reader into their lives, not to judge the individul, rather to listen to each mans story George, a king among the fallen, is the string that holds this group together I fell in love with his character, as will you.There is a melody and rhythm which flows throughout the story.You will laugh, you will cry but most of all you will not be able to put this book down In ending, you w [...]


    11. Of course i hope everyone gives it a five star review, but as much as i am attached to it have put so much of my heart and soul in it, not to mention blood, sweat, and tears i think i can and hope to do better with my next work It s always that way for me do you know what i mean That said, i do believe i accomplished what i set out to with this project, and i believe that it s a unique and special offering, in terms of spiritual fiction.


    12. The author has some great insight into the problems associated with treating the mentally ill who have been dumped into the penal system An allegorical tale about a Christ like figure, this book will hold your interest, and touch an empathic nerve, intensely the further you read I highly recommend Steve Hanson.


    13. This book is not for everyone but it should be It is an important book about the mentally ill and their tragic lives in a prison mental institution Very dark, very depressing, but beautifully written with extraordinary originality and insight Somehow on almost every page hope appears like light out of the overwhelming gloom.



    14. Toggling between the believable and illusory is what by and large made this work as intriguing in all of its opaqueness The shorts written in clipped often painful broken dialogue to project the prisoner s voice was affecting Reading the next page over, or paragraph down about a dream or nightmare jostled my psyche a bit too, though this didn t make the tales, even those left unfinished to those who out right admitted they weren t telling the truth, any less daunting, or how about any less influ [...]


    15. Not since Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, have I read a book that left me feeling so simultaneously full and empty full of compassion for the victims of civilized society and its double standards of judging sanity and empty of respect for those who have created and upheld such a broken system At times, the raw reality of the dialogue left me poised upon a ledge, glimpsing the thin fragile line that seperates madness and holiness, grateful to the author for having placed me there Hanso [...]


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