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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Tale of Two Wise Fools is a work of fiction penned in the literary style by author Arin Keshishian. Written for adult audiences due to references to substance usage, some moderate sexual scenes, and a few instances of explicit language. This is a strong and slow-burning story that centers around two protagonists; nineteen-year-old Adrian, a French ex-pat struggling with the loss of love, and the alcoholic seventy-year-old Max, whose loss of direction in life has led him to the bottle. What follows is a heartfelt tale of shared experiences, finding solace with another soul, and the approach we have to the opportunities and challenges which life presents us with.
Author Arin Keshishian has created a character-driven feast of thoughts and atmosphere for readers who are keen on the literary tradition. Adrian’s true coming of age takes center stage in the novel’s plot, and Max’s drinking leads the pair into many interesting situations that test their full capacity for human emotion and understanding. The close narration of the work allows us to explore these concepts fully, and I particularly enjoyed the author’s prose work to bring us into Adrian’s past and how that informs his present outlook and behavior. The plot progression is slow, deep, and thoughtful, and the reading experience of the novel as a whole gives a real sense of satisfaction and thoughtfulness at the close. Overall, I would certainly recommend A Tale of Two Wise Fools as a highly literary and well-crafted work.