Hiking Underground

Hiking Underground, by Amy Smiley, is a detailed and intricately written novel that heightens and explores the things in life we might normally find mundane, but Smiley views it through an insightful and thoughtful lens. The author shows readers this intriguing world through different perspectives which allow the audience to gain an empathetic view on life’s simplicities through the eyes of a child, an artist, and a mother. Each character is written with exceptional accuracy and reflects the trials and tribulations of our society, and the successes and opportunities we acquire in our lifetimes.

Adams experiences are shown with a fresh and earnest desire to learn about the world around him and question the knowledge given to him. Through Alice and Emma’s  perspectives we are enlightened with the ups and downs of a young woman trying to find her way, in contrast to the reliability of a mothers view on life. I found all the characters to be compelling and methodically drawn.

Hiking Underground contains a preponderance of details. If you enjoy well defined worlds and ideas that are fully explained and explored then you will enjoy this contemplative novel. It’s understandable why Smiley directs the audience’s attention to each subject of her writing, it sets a really beautiful tone. While reading, I could take away the author’s intent to spark empathy within her readers and inspire a deeper appreciation to the simple experiences of everyday life. This is a ponderous book that will easily be enjoyed by readers who like reflective and emotionally resonant books.

I would recommend reading this absorbing book if you are an artist, even one at heart. The retrospect displayed in Hiking Underground was profound. I think the artistic value will be fully realized by readers who are artistically inclined.

Pages: 214 | ASIN: 1639885927

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Posted on January 7, 2023, in Book Reviews, Four Stars and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.


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