“After reading three books by Mathews, the gifts of this author become increasingly apparent . . . He is wise, clever, earthy, and has many surprises up his sleeve.”
From Carmel, California to Zurich, to Florence (a period in which Mathews details so much interesting information about the feminine aspect of Christianity, Gnosticism, the concept that Mary Magdalene as the Holy Grail bore a child named Sara Kali by Christ and escaped to a French village Saintes Maries de la Mer where the annual celebration of Sara AKA the Black Queen still exists), to France, and to Ireland, Malcolm Clay writes in diary fashion, emails, and in dreams shared about his progress in dissembling his dysfunctional approach to women and in the process finding the validity of his own existence. ‘You know, there’s something about becoming more aware of what unconsciously runs a person. Awareness is a thief. It’s robbed me of an illusion; it’s robbed me of the belief that the only way a man can make love to a woman is by physically penetrating her’ . . .
One of the uniquely beautiful aspects of Mathews’ writing is his ability to explore these thoughtful (even profound) topics with a effervescent sense of humor and a gift for communicating details of living in Florence, struggling with the French attitude, and seeking out the funky little eateries and Internet cafes in Ireland. For after all, the main reason for this meandering journey to Europe is to follow-up on a brief but meaningful encounter with a lass named Kelli whom he met in Carmel and agrees to meet in Ireland in hopes that he has finally found his perfect mate . . . But the ending leaves some unanswered questions that suggest we may still be following Malcolm Clay through future novels!—Grady Harp
“Not only a page-turner, SamSara provides valuable insights into a very small part of mankind — those who do not fear freedom but instead demand it as their individual right.”
“Malcolm Clay is the story of Everyman. He is every man who ventures into life and love. The every man who experiences the vicissitudes of the ecstasy yet fear and pain that life and love may bring. Mel Mathews, brings to light the engaging energies of his novels protagonist, Malcolm Clay, both in his external happenings and also in the soul making substance of his inner on-going life. He allows us to hear the inner dialogue, to touch the feelings, to view life as if an X-ray vision of a man’s soul. In an appealing manner, a crisp and crusty narrative, we, as reader, also envision life and soul.”
—Nancy Qualls-Corbett, Author of The Sacred Prostitute & Awakening Woman
About the Author
Mel Mathews is the author of a series of novels that portray a modern man’s struggles as he goes against cultural and religious norms, and the grains of his upbringings, to emerge a renewed man guided by his own inner truth and hard-won wisdom.
Author: Mel Mathews
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: il piccolo editions (Sept 2006)
ISBN 10: 0977607623