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Calliope is a literary novel. In its simplest form, it is the story of a man longing to become the young, idealistic person he once was when the world seemed completely open to promise. It is the desire to re-experience life with all the naiveté and hope of romantic youth. In its allegorical form, the story explores such themes as purpose, morality, social convention, materialism and happiness. When the protagonist meets an orange-haired girl, his life is forever altered. Her name is Calliope, and what occurs throughout the rest of the novel is a wild, episodic fugue. The flight becomes a frenetic interlacing through wilderness and civilization, this being an allusion to Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Discourse on Inequality. The wilderness comes to represent a path back to the primal self, while civilization is more dubious representing both the potential for corruption, as well as the great heights of artistic and rational endeavors. Yet while on the journey, the protagonist is forced to look at life anew in part due to the somewhat unscrupulous efforts of Calliope. Morality is examined through the eyes of Calliope, who is by all intensive purposes Greek, which means pre-Christian. Her moral code is not affected by the guilt of Christianity. Her nakedness throughout the novel in part symbolizes a complete lack of shame. As for her beliefs, an understanding of Friedrich Nietzsche’s perspectivism best represents her values. This allows the protagonist an opportunity to erase everything that he has learned. All custom, all forms of etiquette, religious belief, habit and convention must be forgotten in order to re-experience the world with the sense of wonderment he so eagerly longs for. With no ties to the world, he embarks upon an epic voyage of silliness and profound examination. Lured along by this electric, orange-haired muse, he becomes convinced that she is either bent upon his supreme salvation or utter damnation. What is so amazing about the entire journey is where they both end up—a location which seems to be the last place the protagonist was in complete control of his destiny. Therefore, a true chance to begin again is perhaps realized.

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Calliope is a book dealing with the reality of loss. Specifically it is the protagonist coming to terms with the idea that as one grows older, one inevitably becomes less enthusiastic, less joyous and intrinsically bored with all of the things he so fervently celebrated in youth. This is the loss the reader is introduced to at the beginning of the book. It is the loss of all material possessions, of innocence, of identity, of sympathy, of happiness, of God and hope. And perhaps it is the latter that the protagonist desires most since all sincere belief in the world springs forth from reverberant visions of hope. This is the crossroads at which is met the electric, orange-haired muse named Calliope. Devoid of morality and with a penchant for mischief, she is for all intents and purposes Greek, which means pre-Christian. Therefore, her moral code is not affected by the guilt of Christianity. Her nakedness throughout the novel in part symbolizes her complete lack of shame. In fact, her insistence on artistic endeavors and a morality hinging on perspectivism helps the protagonist shed all artificial beliefs. Therefore, when Calliope tricks the protagonist into partaking on a wild, episodic flight that intertwines both nature and civilization, that sparks conversations of Nietzsche and Rousseau, that involves shoplifting and punk rock music, she is not unlike Dante’s Virgil leading him on an adventure spiraling back toward redemption. It is only after such a journey that the protagonist can make himself into a blank slate, and having achieved such a thing, he is now open to return to that natural state experienced most prominently in youth where possibilities seem endless…where hope replaces loss.

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Mark Pucci was born in Ashtabula, Ohio. He attended Kent State University where he studied literature. He is married to his wife Jennifer. They have a daughter named Charlie, a dog named Matilda and a cat named Cleo. They reside in Wellington, Florida.

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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Paperback. Book Condition: New. This item is printed on demand. Paperback. 116 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 0.3in.Calliope is a literary novel. In its simplest form, it is the story of a man longing to become the young, idealistic person he once was when the world seemed completely open to promise. It is the desire to re-experience life with all the naivet and hope of romantic youth. In its allegorical form, the story explores such themes as purpose, morality, social convention, materialism and happiness. When the protagonist meets an orange-haired girl, his life is forever altered. Her name is Calliope, and what occurs throughout the rest of the novel is a wild, episodic fugue. The flight becomes a frenetic interlacing through wilderness and civilization, this being an allusion to Jean-Jacques Rousseaus Discourse on Inequality. The wilderness comes to represent a path back to the primal self, while civilization is more dubious representing both the potential for corruption, as well as the great heights of artistic and rational endeavors. Yet while on the journey, the protagonist is forced to look at life anew in part due to the somewhat unscrupulous efforts of Calliope. Morality is examined through the eyes of Calliope, who is by all intensive purposes Greek, which means pre-Christian. Her moral code is not affected by the guilt of Christianity. Her nakedness throughout the novel in part symbolizes a complete lack of shame. As for her beliefs, an understanding of Friedrich Nietzsches perspectivism best represents her values. This allows the protagonist an opportunity to erase everything that he has learned. All custom, all forms of etiquette, religious belief, habit and convention must be forgotten in order to re-experience the world with the sense of wonderment he so eagerly longs for. With no ties to the world, he embarks upon an epic voyage of silliness and profound examination. Lured along by this electric, orange-haired muse, he becomes convinced that she is either bent upon his supreme salvation or utter damnation. What is so amazing about the entire journey is where they both end upa location which seems to be the last place the protagonist was in complete control of his destiny. Therefore, a true chance to begin again is perhaps realized. This item ships from La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9781491042892

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