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Reviewed by Kelly Mitchell for Readers' Favorite
Sacred Fool by Nathan Dean Talamantez is a letter of love, recognition, and unwavering reverence to Alejandro Jodorowsky. After reading, I am quite smitten with both Jodorowsky and Talamantez. Sacred Fool leaves no stone unturned while diving into sophisticated depths and meanings hidden within his idol’s works. Talamantez pays homage to Jodorowsky’s contributions on a global and intimately personal level. Sacred Fool features relevant lessons future generations can benefit from. Talamantez provides an outline of works and events that resonated with him in his youth while citing time period mindsets in an intricate weave of storytelling that captivates the audience and solidifies Jodorowsky’s legacy. The letters in between chapters from Talamantez to Jodorowsky are comfortably written as if old friends were reminiscing over past adventures--a detail I found warm and endearing.
Sacred Fool is a short read, but don’t let the length fool you; it is packed with stunning characters, life lessons, and sobering clarity in self-reflection. Nathan Dean Talamantez infuses profound wisdom within the pages that are applicable to today’s challenges. A common theme is the profound importance of making mistakes to recognize the virtues of moral fiber and discover both limitation and potential. One of the powerful phrases that I took away from this encounter was foreboding and enlightening: “If I am a fool, I can only walk forward to become wise.” The sentence speaks volumes for us all. Talamantez addresses narcissism and manipulation, courage and cowardice, gluttony, and self-sacrifice in a way that resonates with readers and leaves a lasting impression. Sacred Fool will stay with me in contemplation as I tackle my own demons in life.