Book Review: The Revelation of Herman Smiley by Michael Andoscia
Herman Smiley has just been informed that he is the next Messiah. To fulfill his role he must remember the simple truth that humanity has forgotten. To help him remember, God, a robust looking man with a wide smile and a love for coffee, leads Herman on a journey through space and time. From the small intestine to the cradle of all universes, from the deepest past to the possibilities of the future, Herman must confront his fears and learn the mysteries of the cosmos and humanities magical place within it. This novel is equally entertaining and humorous as it is thought provoking and philosophical. Enjoy the journey and rediscover your humanity. © 2011 Michael Andoscia; synopsis of The Revelation of Herman Smiley
I first read The Revelation of Herman Smiley around three or so years ago, possibly the summer of 2013, and since then I’ve read it at least twice more.
I do not recall exactly how I came across the book’s title, but I ended up ordering it from Barnes & Nobles and received it in the mail a few days later, after forgetting I had ordered it in the first place and putting it off as my reading list was already too long.
After finally getting around to reading it, I was astonished.
I couldn’t put the book down, and I ended up finishing it within the day. I enjoyed the comical blurbs of witty conversation between God and Herman Smiley, the average, yet oh-so-reluctant electronic salesman, which dotted the overall philosophical story behind the adventure that unfolded.
I enjoyed the story, and it remains to be one of my favorite books to this day, three years later. Imagine my surprise when last year I ended up in an American History class taught by Michael Andoscia, the author of the book himself.
The idea presented concerning possible reincarnation and the religious journey presented behind the story line kept me interested, but that is as far as I am going to go when it comes to “reviewing” the book.
I’m not going to spoil anything in this book, as it is one of my personal favorites and I think anyone who is interested should read it for themselves in order to truly understand and appreciate this work of literary excellence.
With a fantastic plot, interesting development, and an honestly perfect, rather humorous ending that actually made me laugh, The Revelation of Herman Smiley is definitely a book I’d recommend to anyone interested in philosophy, religion, or humanities in general. And even if you’re not interested in any of those things, you’d be surprised at how much you’ll learn from this 167 page book.