FROM ASHES TO ASHES
By John Biggs RRP $ 33 Interactive Publications, Pty Ltd.
COMPARED with his previous work, this comes as something of a surprise as Tasmanian author John Biggs’ motivations and sentiments have seldom immersed themselves so deeply into human frailties, emotions and sexuality.
The same eloquence, mastery over discourse and structural logic are present.
However, there are periods of reflections and introspection where the energy within the prose dissipates.
The main character, Peter Morrison, has a seriously conflicted personality.
Reared in a devout family as a young boy, he wants to believe in God but puts his belief to the test with disastrous results.
It seems the seeds of his moral uncertainty have been sown irrecoverably at that point in time.
The compelling underlying story, however, is about sublimated love and Peter’s weakness or inability to respond to, or make a commitment to, the only woman who has captured his sexual imagination.
Don’t categorise this book. it speaks to a wide audience. Most life journeys are littered with unfulfilled expectations, ambitions and unrequited loves.
There is no doubt, however, that teachers will more readily recognise similar characters and identify the issues that perennially plague their demanding profession.
This makes provocative and engaging reading.