Reading “The Inconsequential Child”

Book Reviews, Random Musings

We’ve all been there. Some of us have visited those dark places – those sensitive locales – more than others, but we’ve all at some time or another tasted the bleakness that accompanies the negative. What sets us apart from one another is how we handle the harrowing.

In the brave “The Inconsequential Child”, author Anthony Martino deftly but strongly tackles the emotional bellows that comprises the psyche. Presenting the reader with a stream of consciousness writing style, Martino writes with a sense of abandon that makes him endearing and vulnerable – a difficult combination to achieve.

The book unfolds like a moment in time. The reader quite literally is unsure what the next chapter will bring. What will Martino share with the reader now? What light will be shed on this courageous soul’s decision to share his true life?

You can’t change the past, no matter how hard you try. The facts that comprise the past are objective, but the subjective mind just won’t stop revisiting them, trying to alter the ultimate outcome. Martino attempts to overcome his vast emotional neglect as a child with his mature, adult mind and all of the resources that the young just don’t have. The book itself is composed of chapters that individually tackle lessons that the author has learned. Cumulatively, these lessons help to shed light on the constant quest for balancing one’s past with one’s present and future, and how the achievement of balance can be attained.

Sharp and enlightening, “The Inconsequential Child” might be the chronicle of one’s man’s psychology, but it’s the subtle complexities behind every carefully selected words that makes Martino a voice for us all.



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