Book review – I Give My Eyes… (Spoiler Free)

“I think that’s the best gift a teacher can give—not imparting knowledge per se, but just saying “I see something in you. Maybe even more than what you see. I see it, and I love what I see in you.” – Brian H. Peterson

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  • Title: I Give My Eyes…
  • Author: Brian H. Peterson
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Pages: 171 pages
  • Publication date: April 6th, 2018
  • Publisher: Due Santi Press

I came across I Give My Eyes… the other day. I normally don’t read nonfiction books from an author I don’t know well, but I gave this book a try. It started with an informal but relatable letter. It spoke about many deep topics such as accepting death for others and yourself, exploring the world as an artist, discussing slow fatal disease(s), developing artistic skills, and more. The story also wove those topics together.

This book in particular had a unique set up. Some of it was a narrative, but it also contained personal interviews, both written and spoken. The author got vulnerable in those conversations since he didn’t seem to be there to teach his readers, but rather he explored philosophical concepts about artists, creative works, and more for himself. While discussing those topics, he also learned more about them, which is intriguing to read. Brian is also a photographer and spread some of his beautiful artwork throughout the book.

The main critique I had was the juxtaposition I felt when jumping from the narrative to conversations to the narrative to pictures and so forth. Some sections had smooth transitions, but some felt weird. In general, it is difficult to include multiple types of discourse in one piece of work and I haven’t experienced it enough to know how to do it in the best way.

This book was small, but words filled the page up. I wouldn’t call it a quick read, but it’s not too long of a book. It is a book I’d recommend, especially for artists since he had great conversations about growing as an artist.

Score: 8/10

Average rating on Goodreads: 4.14/5

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