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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
Have you ever been intrigued enough by a book’s description to want to get into it right away, but after a few pages, you found yourself wondering what you had gotten yourself into, just what the heck was going on inside those pages and inside the writer’s head? Maybe you were even tempted to toss it aside? I felt a bit like that when I began reading Inside the Mind of Martin Mueller. But something EA Luetkemeyer was doing compelled me to persevere. I was fascinated! Was this book about a very wealthy man who lived on a huge estate, ate the best foods, drank the best wines and drove expensive cars? Or was it about some aging inmate in the penitentiary who was being released shortly after years of incarceration, who had spent his prison time writing and had finally completed his manuscript?Or was EA Luetkemeyer actually creating something even more intricate, like exploring the angst of an author struggling to write, looking for inspiration in the lives of everyone around him…an author who sees himself in everyone else and bits of everyone else in himself? An author battling his addiction to alcohol and mind-altering drugs and looking for validation from his wife and others that his writing vocation is worth pursuing?
Inside the Mind of Martin Mueller is a very detailed, intricate and erudite piece of writing that does indeed, as the description suggests, leave us with more questions than answers. In a way, it’s reminiscent of art: we each interpret paintings, photos, poems or books in accordance with our own experiences and emotional responses to the work. This book is not recommended for those with a limited vocabulary, or those unfamiliar with history, mythology and “headier” thinking. Nor is it recommended for those offended by explicit language. But it is recommended for those who love a challenge when they read and who enjoy a puzzle. In other words, Inside The Mind of Martin Mueller is a literary Rubik's cube for enquiring minds.