Therapy Rapture is a very interesting book by David Russell. The book comprises itself of various types of abstract fantasies instilled in the story line, poems and art featured within the book.
The story explores the boundaries of how the mind can sometimes compromise the perception of fantasy verses reality.
The story details the journey of one man's fantasies and desires for his therapist and fitness trainer in an altered reality of sometimes romantic and sometimes compromising sexual situations.
The writing of the entire story is very poetic rather than direct or even subtle as the author explores this man's yearning and desperation for the attention and stimulation of a female. The depth of the writing is intriguing and shows aspects of refined sensitivity.
The book is a very short read. The story, as well as many of the poems and art in the book are very abstract and sometimes unclear. The book in total clocks in at 46 pages. Comprising of 10 pages for the story, 16 pages for the drawings/art and the remaining pages comprised of poetry.
There are interesting variations of drawings in what appears to be done in pencil accompanied by poetry that is off topic from the short story and drawings. The drawings appear to be fantasies of different types of romantic encounters. The poems vary in topic from the sensitivity of love to poems that appear to be devoted to the author's perception of the pop star Madonna in his fantasies namely poems such as:(1) Reveal Yourself (2) Madonna (3) Like a Prayer 2 (4) I'll Justify Your Love - just to name a few.
I appreciate the author's ability to explore fantasies from a abstract perspective and romanticized view of love and sex.
If you are one to appreciate interesting abstract fantasies, than perhaps this is the book for you. However, if you prefer fantasies that are more direct in it's approach, than perhaps this may not be the book for you. The choice is yours. Happy reading!
Reviewed by Natasha Brooks, Editor-in-Chief, Bare Back Magazine