If there was ever a person that I truly idolized, it would be Patrick Rothfuss. Patrick Rothfuss This man is the writer who inspired my desire to write. He also rekindled my love of reading. I was a huge reader in high school, but that faded as life became more hectic. Im sure many of you can relate to this, and so I hope you will allow Patrick’s friend Kvothe to do the same for you.
I found myself sitting in the parking lot of my community college last year sifting through Facebook articles. I found an article listing the five authors I needed to read. Because I was desperate for some kind of change in my life, which who isn’t at least a couple of times a week, I went straight to Barnes and Noble with my list. The first book I found was The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Name of the Wind A huge 661 page novel with a pretty cool looking cover. Why not give it a go? I knew that I wanted to spend a good part of time getting lost in a story. This looked like the perfect story.
What I didn’t know was how much this book would change my life. Maybe its simply because I knew nothing about it and had absolutely no expectations going into it. Maybe its because I was a bibliophile existing in a book-less world. I’ve heard people talk about how addictions start. The first high is so great that they just keep chasing it. That’s how I feel about this book. I would like to give the credit to Patrick even if it was just a part of me that needed to be released.
I soon found myself completely engulfed in this novel. This epic tale that chronologically takes place in the span of one day. Yes, a 661 page book that takes place in a single day. No it is not all adjectives and big words. It is an innkeeper telling the epic tale of his life to a chronicler who has been searching for this exact story. It is a man with no shortage of ego or experience pouring it all out on the table to be documented. It is a best friend by the name of Bash looking out for his companion. It is a child who experienced a tragedy and has devoted his life to moving past it while pursuing his passions. It is a cocky boy who thinks he can and will be the best. It is magic, music, love, action, and suspense.
If you choose to allow Patrick to take you on this journey, you will find yourself admiring Kvothe. You will root for him, cry for him, and envy him. You will also find yourself admiring Patrick Rothfuss for his beautiful way with words. He has truly set the bar for storytelling.
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