***** 5 out of 5 stars.
Consenting Adult by Peter Skeels is an interesting and thought-provoking read. The lead Jonathan is trying to rewrite the ten commandments to suit the current era, so the author walks us through how he goes about it and his thought process during this time.
He has some interesting information and comparisons of different religious view points. While I don't accept that we have to rewrite anything in the Bible and I don't believe it's a dated book, it's a different perspective and I loved reading it.
The relationship between Jonathan and Susan moved gradually but seemed forced during the start, and their interactions sounded weird, but that's probably just my opinion.
Set aside some time for this exciting read and enjoy a whole other perspective the author gives us with this book.
by Peter Skeels
***** 5 out of 5 stars.
Brian Kanda's review:
Mar 13, 2022
It was amazing
"Peter Skeels' book "Consenting Adult" is a philosophical narrative that exploits the model of an infant's upbringing to discuss thematic concerns, such as free will and determinism. The writer further addresses forms of social bias, notably the socio-economic classes that prevail in society. The text adopts a third-person viewpoint to pursue the story of Jonathan, the protagonist, as he envisions himself both as a child and an adult. It philosophically uses the model of a child's upbringing to foreground the innocence that a human is born with.
"The novel draws inspiration from the spiritual dimensions to highlight the subjective battles individuals have to engage in within themselves regularly. The author's approach employs multiple scenes in which Jonathan participates in diversified social interactions and mirrors how they influence him. He then visually establishes himself as an adult observer, analyzing Jonathan's reactions to his surrounding environment. By doing this, Skeels shows the extent to which society plays a role in shaping how we learn about things, like consent.
'In 'Consenting Adult', Peter Skeels explores the theme of human relationships by looking at how they affect our lives and the decisions we make. His characters are a diverse group of people from all walks of life who have one thing in common: they're all trying to find their place in this world. Drawing his inspirations from his teaching profession, Jonathan uses rhetorical questions to provoke readers into meditating upon their faiths. For instance, he expects his students to ask themselves: Who am I now? What am I supposed to be doing?
"The author presents his characters as ordinary people like us. The conversations between the characters are realistic and captivating. The characters in the novel sound like any other person you would meet on the street. Jonathan, the main character, always questions and talks to himself. He even engages us in his dilemma of whether he feels towards Susan is genuine love or merely infatuation.
"There is nothing to dislike in this book, which is exceptionally edited. This is an exciting book that will make you ponder over your beliefs. It is a book that can help you understand yourself better as you meditate upon your beliefs through some questions posed by the book. I'm positive that it deserves the maximum rating of five out of five stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Intriguing and Thought-Provoking Philosophical Story
Reviewed in the United States on March 12, 2022
"This is a very intriguing novel that is thought-provoking and philosophical. I love the modern approach to the ten commandments and how the author weaves the Socratic method into his story. I love the questioning scepticism spirit of the narrative and how readers are also led on this journey of self-questioning.
"The story is about Jonathan, who is hired to teach a creative writing class at a local college. He set on a quest as a modern-day Moses to rewrite the ten commandments so that they are more relevant to the modern-day person who may struggle to live his/her most moral and meaningful life.
"Jonathan is surprised when his students are sceptical about all that he is presenting. Each scene of the story takes the reader deeper into the questioning tendencies of the students. It's a wonderfully deep and unforgettable journey of self-discovery about topics that will stretch the imagination.
"Peter Skeels's story is skillfully written. It has plenty of imagery, it will transport the reader the reader right into the middle of the story. I honestly felt as if I was one of the students in Jonathan's class. What a wonderful tribute to deep reflection and questioning for a philosopher like myself."
4.0 Out Of 5 Stars Rewriting The Ten Commandments
Peter Skeels's novel CONSENTING ADULT is well-written and richly descriptive with brilliantly drawn characters and settings. The author weaves a well-crafted philosophical narrative that serves, perhaps, as an allegory for the pains of being. It's a unique work that will captivate the reader from the opening chapter. Skillfully constructed, this well-written tale of morality and ethics will have you turning the pages from beginning to end. There's plenty of imagery in the writing style that makes you feel you are right there in the story, and that's something I look for in a good book.
To summarize the synopsis: Jonathan is hired as a creative writing instructor at the local community college. An idea occurs to him out of nowhere: what if there was a modern-day Moses who was told by God to rewrite the Ten Commandments, and what would they be like now if they were written? Jonathan is interested by the concept, but his students are not. If the Commandments get written, what would the present-day Commandments end up being?
This was a captivating read that had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are scenes of a graphic sexual nature. Nevertheless, the themes and outcome are just as affecting in the arresting contemporary landscape. Recommended.