Review by Maryam Qureshi
“Illusion of Worlds: A daring quest for a life changing treasure” by Daniel Pietrzak is a very interesting and well written story of a man named Deon who has a passion and desire for a world of a “dreamland where worries or fear don’t exist, where everything is bliss and harmony.”
Right from the beginning of the novel we are introduced to a child who has a strong desire to be a “treasure hunter,” to find a different kind of treasure for himself. As a little child with an innocent heart and a spontaneous mind he loves to be part of the nature around him, always looking for “a new source of freedom.”
His “sense of curiosity” leads him everywhere; everyday is a new kind of journey for him. He acts like a hero of a mystery drama. Each time the reader finds Deon present in a new situation and a new beginning, every simple moment is the start of a new adventure for Deon and his audience alike. His relationship with his parents is also of a different kind. He fails to behave like an average son of a drunk father and an afraid mom; his rebellious soul always desires for a world of imagination that is far away from this world. He “hopes to be different,” to be “on the bright side while everyone else is living in their own pitiful darkness.” He keeps on listening to those “unheard melodies” that are not heard by the rest of the world. He seems to think like John Keats: “melodies heard are sweet but those unheard are sweeter.”
As the story moves forward Deon also seems to discover a way to acclimatize himself in this ordinary world around him, that turns out to be his treasure, he learns that “after every heavy storm the sunlight always appears.”
The readers would definitely enjoy this beautiful story!
Maryam Qureshi holds an MA in English Literature and Linguistics. She is a poet and writer her work has appeared in several journals published by Profilic Press Inc. (Publishing house in USA).