Harvest the Light by Tom Rubens
" Intellectually, Richard moves from a vague position to a definite, secular one: which, among other things, deeply affects his personal relationships. The move to secularism intensifies the exploratory character of his experiences, because the secular context is devoid of the ready-made
certainties of religious culture, and therefore calls for much more in the way of searching and discovering. Also, since the framework of British life since the end of WW2 has become increasingly secular, Richard's experiences
--though located specifically in the 1960s and 70s--can be seen as paralleling those of other young people in Britain, in other decades since 1945."
About the author
My main professional activity has been as a teacher of English Language and Literature in further education. But, while teaching, I have been intent on voicing my private-life experiences, and this I have done through writing fiction and poetry. At the same time, in understanding these experiences fully, I have been helped immensely by the study of philosophy. That is why several philosophical ideas are included in my fiction.
This novel is the second one in a trilogy about a young man's range of experiences which are derived partly from my background and partly from imagination.
The focus is on personal relationships, of both sexual and non-sexual kinds. The intention is to convey the complexity of these relationships: the different elements that make them up, and the effects on them of the passing of time.