"Here is an intriguing little book set in an unspecified era
against the backdrop of a remote Eastern European village,....think
of The Carpenter of Auguliere by D. Wayne Dworsky as a cross
between Clint Eastwood's "The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly," and
"Fiddler on the Roof." . . . .It works well as entertaining
reading, and the author's fine mind keeps you enthralled" was the
word from Foreword Clarion reviews.
“In a story whose telling reflects the simplicity of a folklore
tale, The Carpenter of Auguliere begins… The simplicity of the
telling is straightforward, as if it has been told over and over…”
---Chevy Chaser/Southsider Magazines.
"The excitement of rediscovering fear, anger and hate with a
backdrop of loss, reminds us that we are still human and still
vulnerable" remarked Cynthia Rider, of RiderCreations.com
And "At last, an old fashioned story not based on sex or violence.
In this remote village, the ageless struggles of good and evil
never lost their grip" commented Barry W. Metcalf, author of
Nightmare in Alice Springs.
“It came to me in a dream, it woke me up in the middle of the
night, it persisted in my mind, it demanded to be written,” says
Dworsky on the Morton Mecklosky Talk Show on WUSB 90.1 FM June 26,
In September, 2006 The Carpenter of Auguliere was featured in The Author's Spotlight of AtlasBooks.com
October 2006 Chevy Chaser/South Sider (Entire Review)
The Carpenter of Auguliere
by D. Wayne Dworsky
2006--Concrete Jungle Press
In a story whose telling reflects the simplicity of a folklore tale,
The Carpenter of Auguliere begins in the tiny town of
Auguliere nestled among green fields of tea, the only thing that
seems to thrive in the dismal days of a drought the town is
experiencing. The townspeople are reserved and skittish, fearing
always the arrival of "the landlord" --the man who owns a majority of
the land and its buildings, and is merciless in his collection of
their rubles to cover their taxes and rent. It is the arrival of
Gilbert O'Sullivan in a horse-drawn cart that signals the air of
change as he unloads his carpenter tools and begins the making of
a new life.
Madeleine, a young woman fearing her life will waste away in
Auguliere, is the main character and sole caretaker of her dying
father. It is her friends Vladimir and Agafon who lift her sagging
spirits and their eventual friendship with Gilbert offers the eyes
through which we are told the tale. As the complexion of the tiny
village seems to improve, the setbacks reign upon them. As time
moves on the mystery of the landlord and his family unwinds.
The simplicity of the telling is straightforfward, as if it has
been told over and over--and it is no surprise when author
D. Wayne Dworsky admits that he is retelling a story told to him
by young Madeleine's father (or someone quite like him), for he
was his grandfather.
Marvelous Maxim, April 18, 2009
By W. Easley "Opa"
The Carpenter of Auguliere is set in the small town of Auguliere, which sits in a lush valley surrounded by majestic mountains. Despite the idyllic setting, Auguliere and its people have a problem. The landlord collects monthly rent and taxes and intimidates people who struggle to pay those fees. The landlord personally determines the amount of the rent and taxes and revises the amount to keep members of the community within his grasp. The people of Auguliere struggle under this obsessive burden and try to find methods to live under oppression.
The plot in this story concerns the very life blood of the small town and its people. The townspeople are fearful, downtrodden and reluctant to trust. Many are depressed about the social problems and insecurities in their town but are reluctant to relocate. People are anxious for hope. Can the community survive?
The Carpenter of Auguliere is well written and has some characters that are very realistic. Several are so likeable that they become our friends.
Several characters are very well drawn. Gilbert O'Sullivan, a carpenter, is a caring, hardworking, pleasant, and friendly man with enormous talent for making things. The descriptions of him are so clear that I can feel his rough, dry hands and see the sawdust in his hair.
Madeleine Knesnovich is like the girl next door. She is pretty, gentle, and ministers to people in need. Madeleine, who cares for her invalid father, is easily intimidated by the landlord. She believes he threatens her livelihood. Madeleine's reactions to events are emotional and genuine.
Robert Robertson, Mr. Robertson to the people of Auguliere, is the sort of person who makes "landlord" an offensive word. Robertson is much like Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. He is a miser who values money and property much more than people. He can be very threatening.
This novel reminds me of stories by O'Henry. Dworsky has written a wholesome saga of common people facing stressful difficulties. This novel is like a morality play. The book is ideal as a study of social systems and culture. This tale is excellent for pondering the purpose of life.
I recommend The Carpenter of Auguliere for its story, its characterizations and its very spiritual plot.
This is more than an allegory for our times, it is great storytelling. , April 6, 2009
By BookReview.com (Madison, WI United States)
This is a curious story of redemption with ominous undertones in the spirit of some of the Brothers Grimm darker tales. A pall has fallen over a mountainous Russian village of several hundred years ago: "You can't trust anyone anymore. Whenever you turn your back, someone's waiting to steal from you. That isn't the Auguliere I remember. I think something evil is going on here." But a carpenter who represents a willingness of people to help one another (might be Christ or Obama) arrives out of nowhere one day. He is definitely the antidote needed to counter the economic fears paralyzing these remote villagers. Ironically, though at first welcomed, he soon becomes reviled.
This is more than an allegory for our times, it is great storytelling. We care about the characters and our pulled into their plight. And there is a mythic quality here, for example the dread of nights when there's a full moon, which is haunting. This is drama taking place not on the page but in the theater of our imagination: "The next day, he never came back to town. Vladimir came to Madeleine looking for the landlord. Madeleine didn't understand why Vladimir wanted to know, but her father knew. When he learned the night of the full moon loomed, and the landlord was missing, he folded his arms over his chest as a sign."
I loved the short chapters, pithy dialogue, folk art cover. A concluding twist regarding "the landlord" seems hardly a surprise but it neatly brings the story's plot threads together just as the last sentence of the Epilogue ties the story's past to today's present. Another quality I liked is that "the Carpenter of Auguliere" does not shy away from adult relationships (both between man / woman and among siblings), the failures of old age, jealousy and poverty.
There are elements of surprise -- I have to admit I was never quite sure how this was going to turn out -- and scenes of genuine tenderness. But best of all, when it was over, the story itself seemed just the right length. That's the mark of a good storyteller. He or she knows when to stop. "More" starts to take away from the images that are well established; "less" would be, not enough. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews
A thought-provoking story, May 15, 2009
By Frances J. Wojnar (Pleasant Hill, Ca)
The author has crafted a thought-provoking story that rings from the mouths of the characters that inhabit a remote, mountainous village at the turn of the century. The reader is led into the author's imagination and guided through this tale with the gentle nudging that you would encourage someone venturing into a foreign world, eavesdropping ever so gently on those who reside in this realm.
Two horses drive a colossal wagon filled with the wares of a stranger riding into town. He meets Mrs. Teivel. She is a wicked woman who defies logic, endeavoring to foretell the events of all who dare approach her. She talks in riddles and challenges the sanity of those who near her by her uncanny ability of getting under your skin. She deflects the goodness of the stranger and challenges him to be ware. Then the wolves howl at night, keeping you awake and making you think who might be a victim of their assault. Finally, we meet the landlord. He must carry out incredulous acts of collection and threat, despising those who dare cross him. He even resorts to foreclosure and extortion to exact his payments.
At last we meet the heroine, Madeleine. She is young and tender, but can stand up to the landlord and is not afraid of hard work. She graciously allows the stranger's lodging in her father's workshop. Since his illness has prevented him from work, he wastes away as a spent man. As the stranger shows Madeleine that he intends to rebuild the village, she finds herself enamored by his charm. This makes her father happy since he thinks that the stranger has a future with her. But as fate would have it, something goes wrong, something is missing and somehow Madeleine got the idea that the stranger stole it. When Mrs. Teivel performs her evil tasks, the whole town turns against the stranger and makes you wonder if he can ever vindicate his image.
At this point we don't want to give the plot away. One can see the author has invested a lot in the characters in order for the reader to perceive the jam that the stranger got himself in. The question is how will he get out? Dworsky has designed a work of fiction that begs the question of why people do things the way they do. He attempts to investigate how good and evil are pit against each other and how a person can get hurt...and recover. This is the prime directive of his work. The reader will be very surprised by the outcome. It's a good read. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews
A treasure of story-telling in modern time, April 11, 2009
By Arthur J. Sannino
What a surprise! In a day when violence blasts out of our motivation, how refreshing it is to encounter a story based on values. It wouldn't be interesting if it were preachy either. This story invites you into the lives of struggling people. It takes you back to a simpler time. I have to say that the landlord disgusted me at first with all his greed. But even he showed redemptive qualities towards the end making you feel sorry for him.
We are led into this story by a traveling carpenter who happens upon a needy village and finds friendships easy to come by until the evil landlords fins a way to trip him up. It is a story of the struggles of good and evil, keeping you intrigued until the end. Perhaps the mission of the story is cast in the creepiest of characters I've seen in years, Mrs. Teivil. She speaks in riddles and scares everyone, including the seemingly invincible landlord.
One thing we learn in this story is that no one is truly invincible. It's just a matter of luck that your vulnerability surfaces. If you want to find out how these people rectify their plight, I recommend you read The Carpenter of Auguliere. I give it five stars. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews