Brain: The Man Who Wrote the Book That Changed the World

Dermot Davis
Expression Unleashed Publishing (2013)

ISBN 9780984418138
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (11/13)


Daniel Waterstone is the main character of “Brain: The Man Who Wrote the Book That Changed the World” by Dermot Davis.  He has spent his whole life knowing that he is destined to achieve fame by writing the great American novel.  This was further demonstrated by recognition that he received when he graduated from college. When this novel begins, he has written and published a couple of great novels that are not selling. His agent and publishers acknowledge that he is an incredibly talented writer; however, readers are not interested in reading incredibly talented works. As a result of this, he is unable to succeed as a writer. When Daniel’s latest manuscript is rejected by his agent, he becomes desperate. Starving and down to his last dime, he is about to lose everything.

Wandering by a bookstore he sees a crowd surrounding a man for autographs. This man has become a guru to the masses. His fame comes from writing a new age book about how people can change their lives. Daniel thinks his ideas are ridiculous and heckles him. Confronting each other, the guru is unable to get him to back down. Daniel is unable to accept that the public really believes this garbage. In retaliation, he writes a satirical self-help book that he knows no one in their right mind will take seriously. Submitting it to his agent under the pseudonym Charles Spectrum, Daniel sits back and waits for a response.

Daniel is ecstatic to discover that he has been published and that there is a check waiting for him. He is dismayed when he discovers that it is being sold as a self-help book that readers are taking seriously. He has fans telling him how much he has changed their lives by following his outrageous steps. Daniel has to decide if he is going to continue to follow a rich path of lies, or if he is going to be honest to his fans and let them know it was all a farce. This is a tough decision because he now has the finances to pay his bills and live comfortably. Unfortunately, his life becomes further complicated when he starts getting stalked by a journalist determined to expose him, a bodyguard who hates him, and the heckled guru who now believes that Daniel stole his talent. Life has definitely changed for Daniel.

“Brain: The Man Who Wrote the Book That Changed the World” by Dermot Davis gave me a great escape. The author Dermot Davis really did a great job of satirizing an aspect of American culture that is very alive today. This is the desire of the masses to follow gurus who might not necessarily be legit. As someone who looks to make positive changes in my life, I had to take a good look at myself to make sure that I am not one of the mindless followers!  Daniel Waterstone’s character has depth and his dilemma brings the story to life, and which takes “Brain,” beyond just being a comedy. It is a great tale which I think will be enjoyed by all readers, except perhaps for some gurus. 

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