Magic In Life (The Equilibrist Series Vol.III )
In this third book of The Equilibrist series, professor Cromwell-Smith, through the mantle of poetry, takes his students one last time to his past, through subjects of profound existential meaning like forgiveness, virtue, coherence, resilience, reciprocity, curiosity, serenity and joy, among others. The eminent pedagogue revisits the long period of his life when Victoria Emerson-Lloyd, the love of his life and him were apart, and the real reasons why she left him in the first place.
“…This magnificent literary creation is a work of art. It is like someone has written the language of my soul. The poems were the stepping-stones and the story of the professor is what linked them together. The book stories were the portals, then the poems transported me to places deep, deep inside. This little great book touched me emotionally everywhere. For me it was like an inspirational box of chocolates. The love story is one we can all relate to as love is a two-sided coin and its balance rests on the edge. This book will connect with both serious, casual readers and everyone in general, even the youngest. I predict the equilibrist will become an American literary classic and it is my appreciation as a teacher, that it will become mandatory reading at the high-school level…”
“…This book is a jewel and a masterpiece. The story is a treasure trove of art and poetry, presented through poetic installments weaved with a thrilling story. It describes the nurturing of personal and interpersonal relationships. It touches the very soul of our emotions while causes introspection of our own existence. From the beginning, I felt this intense emotional connection with the story and was quickly lost for hours at a time reflecting on each sentence profoundness and wisdom. Then, every time I went back to it, I found myself reading the prior ten pages over and over again…”
Starred BlueInk Reviews
Erasmus Cromwell-Smith II’s engaging literary tale The Equilibrist II (Geniality) provides a triumphant return to the halls of academia, where on
In this third installment of the charmingly engaging Equilibrist series, beloved professor Erasmus Cromwell-Smith returns to the Cambridge lecture hall to regale his students with treasured stories, memories, and ancient scribbles that showcase a life’s pursuit of happiness and the ultimate joy he’s found in reuniting with the love of his life. Here, the focus is on the years Erasmus and his college paramour Victoria spent apart, and the reasons behind her sudden departure.
The narrative alternates fluidly between past and present. Whether watching a sunrise at a Nantucket beach or reclining in the comfort of their campus home, complete with Chesterfields, hot tea, and the melodious strains of Michel Legrand in the background, the detailed settings spark conversations about when Erasmus and Victoria were separated. The expressive dialogue, often including affectionate addresses of “My lady” or “My Brit,” captures the loving demeanor of this cultured pair.
Trying to extinguish the guilt of her past exit, Victoria reveals her manipulation into a loveless marriage with a “mind doctor” nearly 30 years her senior. Meanwhile, Erasmus has travelled, written books, and entertained his own discreet relationships. The couple’s conversations prove the impetus for Erasmus’ current classroom lectures, with topics ranging from adversity, resilience, forgiveness, reciprocity, inspiration, and joy.
Victoria’s children join the character mix as a new generation with their own aspirations. A surprise revelation connected to Erasmus’ post-college European travels, and an even more shocking current event impacting Erasmus and Victoria’s future, help satisfy readers’ investment into these characters’ lives.
While this work can stand alone, there’s a certain comfort of familiarity in experiencing the collection as a whole, and this latest release allows an entertaining way to see where life has taken these memorable characters. While the modern-day fairytale essence may be too auspicious for some, those open to the magic of life’s possibilities will surely find this enjoyable reading.
ce again a beloved professor shares inspirational lectures filled with stories, poetry, and life lessons that ultimately reveal the omnipotent power of true love.
In this charming sequel, the rumpled, scholarly Brit Erasmus, who mesmerized students at a prestigious New England educational institution with existential wisdom absorbed from his childhood mentors, now is blissfully reunited with his college love, Victoria, who left him 40 years ago. This semester, he chooses to impart life lessons by revisiting the memorable early years of their budding relationship. “He wears the look of love” epitomizes the student commentary about Erasmus’ sudden transformation by this woman from his past.
From the auditorium venue to the couple’s shared campus home—complete with morning tea, Chesterfields, and the music of Ella and Armstrong—the atmosphere exudes an Old-World feel. Often the couple’s intimate conversations inspire daily class addresses that weave poetic musings and recollections ignited by new friendships the couple has made throughout New England. Topics include gratitude, doubt, inner genius, sacrifice, and an artful circus analogy about mastering our individual performances in the big scheme of life.
Throughout, the dialogue is clear and easily accessible, although some conversations reflect the characters’ formality and decorum, as when Victoria responds to a poem she receives from Erasmus: “There is profound beauty and addictive wizardry in your words, my love.” The story moves easily between current times and the ’70s. Chapter headings and subtitles provide quick references. From New England to New York, with visits to bookshops, French boulangeries and rowing on the Charles River, the steady change ups provide fluidity and interest.
While some may be averse to the story’s slight “Hallmark” bliss, at its core this is a magical work that recognizes the great possibility of life’s second chances. Those who appreciate such universal musings should seize the moment for this delightful read.
“…the dedicated university professor Cromwell-Smith creates an ingenious method of making poetry and timeless wisdom come to life for his students through the medium of his own life story…The Equilibrist III (The Quibbler) brings a series honoring two unusual, gifted people and their abiding love to a satisfying close, testifying to the power of story to transmit timeless wisdom and to the ability of art and beauty to provide balance in stormy times…” ` `
“…Professor Erasmus Cromwell-Smith returns to the Cambridge lecture hall to regale his students with stories, memories, ancient scribbles with topics ranging from adversity, resilience, forgiveness, reciprocity, inspiration, and joy, showcasing life’s pursuit of happiness and the ultimate joy he’s found reuniting with the love of his life… whether watching a sunrise at a Nantucket beach or reclining in the comfort of their campus home, complete with Chesterfields, hot tea… the detailed settings spark conversations about when Erasmus and Victoria were separated… the expressive dialogue captures the loving demeanor of the cultured pair. Those open to the magic of life’s possibilities will surely find this enjoyable reading…”