The Best Biographical Literary Fiction Reviewed By BookViral

"A thought-provoking exploration of manhood, identity & redemption"

Exploring self-discovery, conflict, and redemption in biographical literary fiction.

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  • Publisher: ‎ Outskirts Press (March 23, 2024)
  • Publication date: ‎ March 23, 2024
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 475 pages
  • Genre: Survival Biographies & Memoirs

The BookViral Review:

“Propri. At times you seem to relish in your past mischief as if they were tender moments in your life”

“Propri,” authored by C. Richard Bell, is a profound exploration of personal transformation, inner conflict, and the journey toward authentic manhood which delves into the complexities of human nature, self-identity, and the struggle between the voluntary and involuntary aspects of our psyche.

Bell’s book begins with a foreword that sets the tone for the introspective journey ahead. Bell uses the metaphor of breathing, which is both an involuntary and voluntary act, to illustrate the dual nature of thought and consciousness. This theme of internal conflict, between the soul and the body, runs throughout the book, particularly in the life of the protagonist, Propri whose name comes from an old Latin word, proprium, which means selfhood.

Propri’s story is one of turmoil and redemption. He grapples with alcoholism, a troubled past filled with gang activity, and the search for meaning and stability. The narrative is divided into distinct sections, each focusing on different phases of Propri’s life and his interactions with various influences, from family members to the harsh realities of the streets.

The central theme to Bell’s book is the internal conflict between Propri’s higher aspirations and his baser instincts. This is vividly portrayed through his dialogues with his inner self, where he debates his actions, fears, and the consequences of his choices.

On this level Propri’s journey is one of self-discovery. The book delves into his past experiences, shedding light on how they shaped his present and how he can move forward with this quest for identity intertwined with his struggle to define what it means to be a man in a world that often pushes him toward self-destruction.

Despite the darkness that pervades much of Propri’s life, the book is ultimately about redemption. Bell illustrates that personal growth is possible, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Propri’s gradual realization that knowledge must be coupled with action to effect change is a powerful message.

Bell’s writing is both raw and reflective. He employs a conversational style that makes Propri’s internal monologues engaging and relatable. The narrative is interspersed with vivid descriptions of the Los Angeles streets, painting a stark picture of the environment that influences Propri’s life.

Whilst “Propri” is a compelling read it’s not without its challenges. The reflective nature of the book can sometimes lead to dense passages that require careful reading to fully appreciate. Additionally, the structure, which alternates between past and present, might be confusing for some readers. However, these elements also contribute to the depth of Propri’s character and the authenticity of his journey.

As a thought-provoking exploration of manhood, identity, and redemption “Propri” offers a raw, unflinching look at the struggles of a man trying to reconcile his past with his aspirations for the future. For readers interested in psychological and spiritual growth, “Propri” provides a rich tapestry of insights and reflections that resonate long after the final page is turned and it is highly recommended.

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