Dear Mr. Martyn Bedford:
I was on one of those random trips to the bookstore last summer. I had no intention of buying any book. But when I saw Flip, I immediately took a mental note to get a copy as soon as possible.
The cover of 2013 edition is simply arresting. I have lost count on how many looks and stares and double-takes I received when I was reading it. The concept for the front and the back is amazing. It is borderline illusory when copies of the book are arranged alongside each other and upside down. But I find it more engaging when people notice the book—both front and back—and they tilt their heads and blink their eyes to see if they got it right.
For the very first time, I’ve encountered a book whose chapters are practically uniform in length. And that was the predictable part.
Of course, the unpredictable part was spread throughout the whole book. I love how it all went topsy-turvy because of the switch. But I can’t help but wonder how Philip was all that time when Alex was in his body. Don’t get me wrong—I love the story! But it’s one-sided. I just can’t help but be curious about how Philip managed where he was. Or if he was even aware of where he was.
You may hate me for saying this but I just don’t have love for Alex. I like how he’s determined to get back what is rightfully his. I guess I just don’t like the means that he employed to reach that end. Also, I can’t help but feel for all those people he hurt. And not just physically!
And of all the surprising bits in the novel, I like testimonies. Although they’re not really part of the story, they make it seem like they validate the phenomenon.
First is the world of wanting.
Second is the world of things.
Third is the world of no-things.
To reach the dome is to be like Buddha herself when he has died and passes to Nirvana.
I am not in Nirvana. I am in Samsara. Samsara is: you are born, you live, you die, you are re-born, you live, you die, you are re-born, etcetera and so forth forever until you can brake free from this circle of existings.
Mr. Bedford, it was fun reading your book.