Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Prodigy by Dave Kalstein






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When I first saw this book, I thought it was a biography of some sort, but I was wrong. Right now, I still can't believe that this book wasn't sold here in the Philippines when I know for sure, that a lot of people would enjoy it. I would have picked it myself, not because it was written by Mr. Dave Kalstein but simply because of the content of the book.

The summary of the book has created an excitement and thrill deep inside of me which also motivated me to read it and finish it soon.


Mr. Dave Kalstein has an extraordinary talent in weaving vivid characters, personalities and a tale that could attract every curious mind. The concept of the story is very brave and innately genius that I know a lot of authors would be afraid to tread the same journey unless they'll also possess the skills and attitudes of Mr. Kalstein in writing.

I am very certain that this is the kind of novel, every young mind will love and enjoy because the generation now at our modern time are so resourceful and smart for our own good that they crave for intellect, honorable use of integrity, status, identity and maturational crisis, and the real meaning of life, and most of all adventure, unpredictability without being overly self-righteous.

If you haven't read it, you're missing a lot.

The novel doesn't just represent the future and vision of our ancestors in the past, and Einstein's theory, but it shows values and ethics of every human being bad or good, rich or poor, privileged or not, etc. It is an eye opener for me. It is bluntly honest and angsty. Mr. Kalstein definitely won my respect in creating a work of art that I deemed impossible to make, but he did. He didn't just meet my expectations, he blew me away.

It is also a good read for parents whose got a pathological need to get their children to the best schools. I know for a fact, schools that offer a good quality of education and opportunities is the best school, but I do believe that what matters most  is the child's upbringing, motivation, beliefs, attitudes, and morality cultivated by their parents matters most. The personality of the child plays a more important role in the child's decision-making and how he's going to live his life.

With a school of geniuses or prodigies, you'll be expecting a genius itself writing it to meet the high expectations and the quality of knowledge in this novel, that every reader has for this school. 

The passion, research and effort in this novel is unbelievable I didn't expect the medical and chemical stuff to appear, but I'm so glad it's there. I always enjoy novels I could relate to. I know it would seem that I'm singing praises but of course I also have a lot of questions and is interested in knowing the anatomy of the characters and of the whole novel itself.

It's such a privilege to have a glimpse of Mr. Kalstein's mind. 

I have to admit that I'm a person with a very high expectations. Before reading this book, I was expecting a lot. Now I'm done reading it, I'm fully gratified. I only wish the story never ended because I'd rather read it over and over again. I also wish for a different ending or at least a sequel.