Speech of the Masquerade

Kendall Driscoll
PRA Publishing (2015)
ISBN 9780984014262
Reviewed by Arianna Violante for Reader Views (9/14)

Kendall Driscoll’s book “Speech of the Masquerade” is a moving 91 page saga about the growth and development of inner peace, inner acceptance, and inner strength – a lesson everyone could hear more than once! Throughout the book, we can see Driscoll’s journey through life, as if she had saved all of her poems from the age of 12 and published them all at once. 

We see her struggles through love, attained and lost through yearning and anxiety over figuring out what it is we are called to do in this life. We see her struggles as she attains conventional goals in life, and yet still feels like she is missing something. It’s as if Driscoll is saying to us, “Wake up! Live your life!”  How many times have we heard this cry before? Yet her method allows some sort of human connection, some sort of “Hey I’ve been there and I have scars but I made it out alive.”

This book reminds me of a video I watched which gave the same message – society places emphasis on growth and achieving and attaining goals, from getting good grades in school, to getting promotions in jobs, to checking off the things on the great ‘list of life’. Yet how often do we stop and ask ourselves if this is really what we want to be doing, or if we are being dragged through the motions with our eyes closed.  It’s no wonder many people are unhappy with their lives and don’t know why.

Driscoll seems to be a sociologist who has a handle on the struggles that we as a nation are experiencing. Yet, she takes it one step further by not only humanizing these problems, but by embracing them and showing us how one single person can overcome these feelings of emptiness. I would recommend “Speech of the Masquerade” by Kendall Driscoll to anyone questioning anything in their lives.

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