Lily: An American Fable

29 Nov


Author: Samuel Bagby

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

First Published: 2012

Page Count: 140

Type: Paperback

Film/ TV Adaptation: No

Rating: 2/5 Stars

A dark look into the potentially selfish minds of men.


*Interesting look into the mind of a teen/adult male


*Hardly any dialogue     *Writing style isn’t for everyone     *Depressing plot

 It was really the case that Flashman desired to be perceived as what he at heart thought he had the potential to be – God’s gift to women.” Stephen Flashman has only one train of thought and one mission that drives him through life. His mission is to have sex. He can’t get enough of it and admires every aspect of the opposite sex to the point of obsession. When the time comes, can Flashman rise above his need for intercourse and manage to care about something other than himself?

This book was interesting to say the least. It is written entirely from the mind of the main character and what the reader finds there is appalling. He is selfish, self-serving, calculating, manipulative, and his heart is almost completely void of all feeling for others. This is because he is willing to do almost anything and be anyone if it means being able to seduce a woman into having sex. However, anyone that has had any interaction with the male species knows that almost every man has a one track mind when it comes to sex. It seems as if Flashman is the epitome of all the worst characteristics of men when it comes to the desire for sex and how they can potentially view woman. This look into the male mind was a bit humorous and enlightening for a woman, even if it is pure fiction.

However, the character never changes his ways and it makes for a depressing read. To be fair, Flashman didn’t have a great father figure and his high school experience wasn’t the best, but eventually people grow and develop as they get older. It just didn’t seem realistic that this character could be consistently horrible throughout his life in regards to his view of women. On top of that, the book didn’t really have any dialogue which really would’ve added a lot to the story. The writing style is also very specific and suggests that the author is an avid reader of the classics. I have no problem with that; I’m an avid reader of the classics as well. However, there are only so many people who can handle, say, the prose used by Jane Austen. The sentences in this book were some of the longest I’ve ever seen in my life, and I needed the relief of a period every once and awhile.

It was difficult because I was interested throughout the entire book, but once all was said and done, it just fell flat overall. I kept expecting something more to happen, but the character remains steadfast in his beliefs and the only earth shattering event of the story, which gives the book its title, isn’t given enough room to flesh out and leave an impression.

*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.


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