The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
Think Green Mile, but this time told from the prisoners view. Do not pick this one up unless you have time to hang out awhile. Totally engaging!
From behind the bars of a death row prison, an unnamed inmate tells a story of the people he sees and heard from his cell. Although confined, he tells elaborate detailed tales of those around him as well as what is unseen by the eyes of those on the outside. He does not speak, yet you see everything through his eyes and ears, not throught the eyes of a visitor; but as a long term prisoner. There is a lady who comes to the prison and tries to save those who have been sentenced to death, investigating their past – but she never so much as looks at our narrator. And there is a Priest who tries to be who he was meant to be, but struggles with the reality of who that person may be…. both the Lady and the Priest while working to help the prisoners in different ways through this time, have inner secrets of their own that our narrator can reach inside and pull out of their hidden places….
As the story unfolds, you too start to feel as though you have melted, pooling into the pages and through the prison bars that have held your thoughts for far too long…
Honestly the book is breathtakingly and terrifyingly sad. And beautiful. And imaginative. And a powerful look at the absence of hope from one who does not find value in hope. I am so glad I decided to try this one on audio. The narration really set the pace of the book in an observing tone of one that has nothing but time… at least for now.
As I described above, the book turned my solid thoughts on what I felt inside of such a story of death row and softened my heart to see and feel the story behind the prisoners prison; with or without the bars that society felt held him tight when indeed his thoughts ran free, uninhibited by space or time.
I listened to this book on audio and find the narration to be truly gush worthy. In the end, I feel I walk away from this one with something more than when I began.