| Days in Heaven
by Guido Mina di Sospiro
|A mystical love triangle between a young woman, a lover, and the Beloved.
Inspired by Attar's The Parliament of the Birds, yet set in the contemporary world of pop music. A tale about the effects of prayer, dreams, music, love, discovery, healing, and... synchronicity.
|I found Days in Heaven an engaging story and much enjoyed reading it. The characters are intriguing, attractive and well drawn. The evocation of the different places it is set in is good and the story very interesting. I congratulate you on this piece of writing, which covers so much territory in such a short span.
-- Rupert Sheldrake
I like the sound and feel of your novel, which I enjoyed. I particularly enjoyed the mountain passages, the Dublin parts and Jimmi's marvelous persistence in wooing his lady. I enjoyed the plot, and the transfer of the illness was delicately done, and Joan's recovery too.
-- Mike Scott, bard and founder of The Waterboys
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A contemporary story of love and of spontaneous healing. Joan knows only two things about her infancy: she was born at Woodstock, during the famous music festival; and her mother, having fled to India, left her behind to be put up for adoption when she was two. Despite her shaky beginnings, Joan turns out to be somewhat of a child prodigy. While still in college, she makes great strides in New York’s music business as a radio DJ and as a rock critic. On staff at a popular music magazine, at only twenty-five her publisher promotes her to the rank of Features Editor, and sends her abroad on a special assignment—a series of articles on the “Rock Capitals of Europe”. Once there, her business trip turns into a journey of self-discovery. Despite her matter-of-fact approach to life, her single-minded emphasis on her career, and her wry humor, chance events and the meeting with a person she never could have imagined existed broaden her horizons “precipitately”. Such events—the unraveling of a mystery—force her to forgo her calculating rationality and heed her impulses instead. Back in New York, the same, recurrent haunting dreams of a lifetime and the fulfilling of her secret wish for self-sacrifice compel her to return to Europe, there to meet with her destiny. Such a destiny will manifest itself in a twofold way. First, in the guise of a “symmetrical” healing process—remission from malignant lymphoma. Second, she will at length reunite with her forsaken—but innate—divinity, and fall in love at last with a charming singer-songwriter from Ireland. A present-day personification of a troubadour (and, as the tale will make manifest, an unwitting agent to a loftier design than merely his own), he had been singing her praises—quite literally—all over Europe, with little success but undaunted gallantry.
The plot is possessed of a number of unforeseen twists which, if revealed here, would spoil one’s reading experience. The novel is set in New York and Europe, chiefly in Dublin, London, Paris, the Italian Riviera, Rome and the Alps.
Days in Heaven is refreshingly grounded in popular culture, specifically pop music, as the two main characters are a rock critic and a singer-songwriter. Such a realistic springboard allows the novel to be appreciated also by readers of a skeptical nature.
Lastly, Love and Music—the other great passion in my life—are the narrative’s great orchestrators. “If music be the food of love,” as Shakespeare tells us in Twelfth Night, “play on.”