KARP - Book one
17 - 77 AD
Set in Ephesus, the book ultimately revolves around a young man from Greece called Karp and uses strong ties to reveal how the initially disparate life-journey’s of a few individuals from varying classes, can be woven together like a beautiful tapestry.
Both male and female characters are brought into the light and I believe we are challenged too, as their lives unfold and interact.
The scene is set over 50 years after Jesus's crucifixion and Ascension.
Many of the characters have already enjoyed a footnote in history and some have names that live on in Christian lore and world mythology.
Just read your script below and what can I say …
I was held absolutely riveted and hooked from the very first paragraph. Such accomplished prose, Warren - so beautifully written with such incredibly well-developed characters - the unnamed old man, John, Karp. Wonderful moments of humour (the names of the sheep, for example!) amidst the heart-wrenching descriptions of loss and despair, without ever being melodramatic - abandonment by the mother, the fire, the sand storm, cholera. Oh God, could it get any worse for the young boy? (I am wondering if Karp is the one being burnt in the Prologue in the future, by the way?)
You also have a truly lovely way of creating a sense of place. I was right there in each and every scene, experiencing the joy and elation, pain and suffering - feeling the heat of the flames, tasting the sand in my mouth, recoiling from the stinking flesh… It has such a filmic quality to it (reminding me of one of my all-time favourite films, Ben Hur!).
At the end of each section, I wanted to move on quickly to find out what happens next, which is a skill in itself. Do persevere, I think you have written something deeply profound and moving as well as being a literary page-turner. Not many people can do that!
Paula Marvelly - Professional Book Reader