MY REVIEWIf large question marks above one’s head were visible – I’m sure there was a bright red one above mine when my copy of Minotaur Revisited by David Gelber arrived. It was definitely one of those OMG moments when I stared at the cover of this creature…a bit scary in my mind…and wondered what, why, when and how I was going to get through this challenge…..or as I thought to myself a labyrinth of my own! Overwhelmed by my inadequate knowledge of Greek mythology and not being acquainted with the writings of David Gelber soon grew larger in my mind than perhaps actually should have. I began praying! First, was this Minotaur a human male or a bovine bull? Quickly, I went to the Wikipedia to find some answers. Since mythology was not in my reading genres – my imagination was tested to the limits; but truthfully, my curiosity was definitely piqued. Briefly – so as not to be confusing with names and the gist of the story, I will say that Minotaur was the child of a woman and a bull – not her husband, of course. Writings of copulation with others were apparently big sellers in those days also. The woman’s husband was a king and did not claim Minotaur as his – so he had an elaborate labyrinth constructed to imprison Minotaur. Perhaps I don’t have a full understanding of this myth; however I was appalled that seven Athenian youths and seven maidens, drawn by lots, be sent every seventh or ninth year to be devoured by Minotaur. Enters hero Theseus who promises his father, an enemy important king, to slay the monster. From here – I urge you to visit a reference source to brief yourself on some of the details in this myth. David Gelber artfully brings light to the centuries old question as to whether Minotaur was murdered as Theseus claimed – or by the gods of Greek mythology still exists alive and well. Then, I opened the book to the first page, and followed a lovable Minotaur through centuries. Speaking of labyrinths, I didn’t know where this one would lead, but was I ever in for a journey! His immortality is not always pretty and can be painful to a sensitive nature. David Gelber wrote a beautiful story of lifetimes in history as no other has experienced. His quick wit added humor to Minotaur’s journey along with the sad and disgusting paths that this beguiling creature crossed. Minotaur is not the vicious creature, mean and manipulative as depicted in the myth, he is loving, always the helpmate and questions the existence of God as we Christians know him. Mr. Gelber makes the exquisite simple and stunning. His knowledge of history seems unlimited in worldly and sacred references. He knows how to bring the sense of reality into the here and now. Personally, I did not realize the impact of this read until I found myself mulling the story over in my mind. The impact was sensational. Minotaur is an amazing being, always seeking the way out of the maze, running into locked doors and miraculously finding the right keys to unlock. Some of his freedoms were short, but his lessons long learned. David Gelber saw and wrote about a different Minotaur. There’s that old adage – “Don’t judge a book by its cover” that I have learned many times. That is only one of the realities revealed to me by Minotaur along with great lessons of who he could be in spite of himself. My biggest thrill in this read was being reminded over and over Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” My favorite Psalm 139 could have been Minotaur’s story synopsis as it certainly speaks of God’s presence throughout all eons of time for each created being. The question mark is gone from above my head and replaced by a big red heart. What could be more appropriate to represent this month that signifies love of one another and exactly how I feel about Minotaur. I praise God for opening my eyes to other possibilities and thank David Gelber for journaling an excellent story of love and redemption. And friends, please add Minotaur Revisited to the top of your stack of TBR now! There are only 28 days of February left – so get to it!!!
David Gelber MD, author of “Future Hope”, “Joshua and Aaron”, “Last Light”, “Behind the Mask:The Mystique of Surgery and the Surgeons who Perform Them”, “Under the Drapes: More Mystique of Surgery”, and the recently released “Minotaur Revisited
David Gelber, a New York native, is the seventh of nine sons and one of three to pursue medicine. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1980 and went on to graduate medical school in 1984 from the University of Rochester. He completed his residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, followed by three years as attending surgeon at Nassau County Medical Center in Long Island, N.Y. Gelber has since joined Coastal Surgical Group in Houston, Texas. Gelber has been a surgeon for more then 20 years, but over the last few years he began hto pursue his passion for writing, initially with his debut novel, “Future Hope” (Emerald Book Company, January 2010). The novel speculates about future Earth and what the world might have been like if man had not succumbed to temptation in the Garden of Eden. “Joshua and Aaron” is a sequel to “Future Hope” and follows the battle of wills that transpires between unsung hero Joshua Smith and satanic Aaron Diblonski. Dr. Gelber has added two books about surgery, “Behind the Mask” and “Under the Drapes”, both of which provide the reader with a view of the world of surgery rarely seen by those outside the medical professions. “Last Light” is an apocalyptic short story which starts off asking the question: “What would happen if nobody ever was sick or injured?” “Minotaur Revisited” is an entertaining romp through history seen through the eyes of Quint, the famed half bull half man monster of Greek Mythology. It is to be released in October 2012. Gelber was raised in reformed Judaism, but joined the Presbyterian Church 15 years ago. He is married with three teenage children, four dogs and 24 birds of various species. His interests include horse racing, mechanical Swiss watches and, of course, writing.
Joshua and Aaron by David Gelber
Behind the Mask by David Gelber
Under the Drapes by David Gelber
Minotaur Revisited by David Gelber