Sheridan Ridler is an artist beyond compare, but after being knocked off a New York City bridge one winter night, he envisions something beyond the bowls of fruit and nudes that he typically paints. Although presumed dead by everyone who knows him, Ridler sets off on a journey to recreate his vision on canvas and seeks out the holiest places on earth. His perilous adventures teach him much, yet others begin to believe that he could be alive and thus the hunt for the world-famous painter begins. Will he ever find the truth - and succeed in painting "The Glory?"
The Opposite of Art is a unique work of art itself. Dickson's advanced vocabulary and artistic sentence structure rank this book far above your typical contemporary American novel. Far and away more honest than many Christian fiction books, Dickson's work showcases one man's search for the beautiful and the holy; ultimately, Ridler is searching for meaning in this fallen world.
In a creative, well-researched way, Dickson knocks holes into the theories of most major world religions through Ridler's story. Ridler's experiences display why Buddhism and Islam cannot be true; however, I was disappointed to see his story end too soon. While Ridler found the truth, a more complete explanation of his metamorphosis could be helpful to readers possessing those same questions.
Athol Dickson is the award-winning author of seven novels and the bestselling memoir, The Gospel According to Moses. A native of Texas, he spent the majority of his life in Texas until recently moving to Southern California with his wife of twenty-five years.
I received a free copy of The Opposite of Art from Howard Books in exchange for an honest review.