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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Words and Graphics: The Four Seasons of Love is the final chapter of the concept series by author C.O.B. Written as an anthology, the book contains poems, photographs, illustrations, and poetic stories that relate the experiences of the narrator as a father trying to get his life back on track after years of being lost in the wilderness. Addicted to drugs and alcohol from a young age, he stopped writing and drawing -- his two biggest passions -- at the age of 24-25, instead choosing to drown his sorrows in his vices. The narrator remembers struggling to make breakfast for his daughter while being high on cocaine. Between each chapter, there are short pieces that relate some of his highlights of the day, ranging from sitting on the toilet to avoiding people in elevators.
A powerful and brutally honest look at the impact of drugs and alcohol on the psyche of one's mind and life, Words and Graphics: The Four Seasons of Love is a must-read for anyone who enjoys experimental storytelling and creative narrative styles. C.O.B. minces no words in showcasing the dangers of heading down the rabbit hole and uses poems and illustrations to explore the darker aspects of the human condition. The relationship between the narrator and his daughter acts as the primary driving force behind the narrative. Although I enjoyed every single poem, "The Universal Smile" and "The Three Voices" were two of my personal favorites. The Four Seasons of Love was a rewarding experience for me, and I highly recommend it.