Outskirts Press (2015)
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (12/15)
“Crazy Old Man: An Anthology” by Harold Cohn is a compilation of thoughts, some written in rhyme and some in prose, some in short story or script. Some long and some short; some sad, some fun. The reader will embark on a journey within the author’s point of view on economics, writing, life, love, and anything that a crazy old man might recall in his mind at any given time. The book is easy to read and gaze through. I liked the fact that I could read in any order and didn’t have to follow a specific structure without losing the feeling of continuity. Maybe the title of the anthology gave me that feeling, or maybe that was the intent of the author, but it makes perfect sense as a book to just pick up from the coffee table to read at intervals.
Harold Cohn’s writing style is simple and straight to point, yet he presents his view and feelings about any topic, whether light or deep, his voice is clear. I enjoyed peeking into his mind and heart through his words. However, as a poetry book category I expected to find more poetry where the playing with words would dominate. This is not that type of work, yet it is a great, entertaining, fun and even reflective literary piece geared for readers who like the simple word and a quick read. I did wish the book was smaller as in my opinion it would have made an excellent little read to take along, so I find it would be perfect in digital form to carry along and read from a tablet when lunching alone or sitting in a waiting room.
“Crazy Old Man: An Anthology” by Harold Cohn is the perfect take along read that will both inspire and entertain readers who are fan of simplicity, and eclectic thinking.