I have been working a lot with the “t” in Paul Bergrin. I’m very interested to read more about him, the man he chose to be, and his life and work.
Paul Bergrin was a Canadian poet who became a Canadian politician and writer. After being elected to Parliament in 1984, he won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992 and went on to write a number of bestselling books. The more I read, the more I love Paul Bergrin’s writings. I will probably write a blog post about him by the end of the week.
His life and work is well worth reading, but here are the three best points that I’ve noticed: “He had the courage to confront his demons, but he had the courage not to.” Bergrin’s life was a living hell. After his wife and son died in a car accident, he went from being a normal guy to a man who could barely keep a job and went completely insane.
Bergrin made his name as a writer by being a pretty tough dude to take down, and no one could get near him. He was also a man who had no respect for the law even though he knew he was guilty of all kinds of crimes, and he couldn’t even understand why. I have to agree with my friend, “Paul Bergrin is a guy who just can’t seem to figure out how he got in trouble.
The good news is that he is actually a pretty good writer. The bad news is that he has no respect for the law, and he just can’t seem to be able to get that way. He just can’t seem to give up. He was a smart guy who could get some of the good stuff, but nobody could get his nose out of the ground.
I wish I could say the same about Paul Bergrin. Paul is the kind of writer who can make an entire novel out of a single word (and the fact he can does more than just that). But he can just as easily write a chapter of a book in five minutes without thinking. And he is a bad writer. A good writer is able to make a reader believe in his story while still using his skills to keep the reader turning the pages.
Bergrin doesn’t just write a book; he writes a book with a story, and that’s what makes that book worth reading. That is the part that makes it great. Bergrin writes books from the perspective of people who don’t believe they have to do anything to make a world better, but a book like Deathloop could be a book that everyone reads because it’s about people who are trying to fix something in the world.
Bergrin is a really smart guy and he knows what he is doing. But even though Deathloop is written from the perspective of a madman and a killer, Bergrin is still able to write an interesting story and the reader will be drawn in with each page.
Bergrin’s story is one that we can all relate to. I remember reading his book on a beach at the end of WWII when I was thirteen and I remember thinking in the midst of all the other teenage books I read about making a better world, that it was my responsibility to save this world from a madman, or at least to make sure he never got to make it better.