Alan A. Block Reflects on Life in Symphonic Form

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Literary exegete and Professor of Education explores the progress of life in four movements in new book.

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These ideas are those that I appropriating occupy the thoughts and practices of people from many and diverse cultures

Author Alan A. Block reflects on life, death and everything in between in his new nonfiction work, “Symphony #1 in a Minor Key: A Meditation on Time and Place” (published by iUniverse).

In "Symphony #1 in a Minor Key: A Meditation on Time and Place,” Block adopts the form of a classical symphony as structure and metaphor to reflect on his experience of life. Block says, “I saw in the classical symphony a means to present and explore some of the themes with which I have fashioned a life.

“In each of the four movements I have woven Biblical stories, personal experience, liturgy, literature and the work of popular culture, to explore some central themes that comprise this life,” Block writes. “These ideas are those that I appropriating occupy the thoughts and practices of people from many and diverse cultures.”

The opening movement explores the experiences of leaving and finding home; the second presents some understanding and even appreciation of death, and the third offers some means for coping with the absurdities of daily existence. But in the final movement, Block offers a celebration of life and encourages others to appreciate and accept that though none of our worlds is perfect, it is yet possible to remain open to the sublime.

In this highly original work, adapting the structures of the classical symphony, Block expands the literary landscape in his imaginative consideration of some moral, philosophical and political ideas central to life in the 21st century.

About the Author
Alan A. Block was educated at Roanoke College, Hofstra and St. John’s University. For the past 40 years, he has taught in public schools and universities in New York and Wisconsin. Block has authored six other books.

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