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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In The Anachronist by Thomas Bauer, Charlie Shultz feels his life as a husband, father, and employee has been one big disappointment and failure. His marriage to Rebecca is toxic and loveless and his son ignores his existence, preferring the company of video games. Even Charlie's annoying neighbor and work colleagues view him as a strange non-entity. But on the weekend, Charlie evolves into the heroic Simon Culpepper, an aristocratic Captain of the 15th Artillery Battery of the Confederate army reenacting Civil War battles. Although Charlie tries every way to save his marriage, Rebecca's cruel taunts continue. Charlie's only respite is when he transforms into Simon and soon the line between reality and fantasy becomes blurred. He meets Amanda, an imaginary character at the reenactment camp, and is immediately drawn to her, which further complicates his version of reality. As Charlie's life begins to spiral out of control, he takes drastic action for his voice to be finally heard.
I absolutely loved The Anachronist by Thomas Bauer. The descriptive narrative is exceptional and totally transports you into the complex world of Charlie Shultz and his alter ego, Simon Culpepper. Every character's personality is vibrant and realistic. Although there are many comedy moments throughout which are really funny, there is an underlying feeling of sadness for Charlie. The author has cleverly included some subtle references to Charlie's upbringing which has affected his view of the world and himself. I feel this explains Charlie's behavior a great deal. The same can be said for his wife Rebecca and why she has become so bitter toward her husband. I thought the tension toward the end was perfect and highlighted how every person has their breaking point. The humor was exceptional throughout but if you look deeper, there is so much more to this story than laughter. There are some powerful messages within the story too.