Book Review: I, Charles, From The Camps by Joel D. Hirst

New review of my 4th novel “I, Charles, From the Camps”:

It is Charles that is speaking in the first person. This I found to be an important distinction. It is not Joel D. Hirst talking. It is how Charles is talking about how he feels. It is his passion and his black and white views we meet. Indeed, Joel. D. Hirst gives Charles a powerful voice. “


uganda-4808660_1920 Uganda has beauty. The wonders of nature are there for all to see.

Enjoying a sunset is probably not the first thing one associated with camps for internally displaced people. It is not the first thing you associate with a fighter or a leader of Lord’s Resistance Army. One does not visualize a camp dweller dwelling on the beauty of a sunrise either. Yet both these occasions do take place on Joel D. Hirst’s fictional tale of Charles’s life. A life involving camps –  not just one. But as you can see, this is how the sunrise is described in I, Charles, From The Camps: “Slowly the fog is revealed, and for that brief instant between those two forces, day and night, the world is mysterious and powerful, blanketed by mist and the quiet coolness of expectant nature.” Something so universal. Yet we meet a life story so far removed…

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About Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright. His most recently released work is "Dreams of the Defeated: A Play in Two Acts" about a political prisoner in a dystopian regime. His novels include "I, Charles, From the Camps" about the life of a young man in the African camps and "Lords of Misrule" about the making and unmaking of a jihadist in the Sahara. "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio" are about the rise and fall of socialist Venezuela (with magic).
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