Having previously read three D.G. Flamand books, I was expecting “A Thousand Rainbows” to be like the others, positive, educational and inspiring. I had no idea what I was holding in my hands when I opened up the pages of this powerhouse of a book. It was everything his other books were, but more. I thought I was reading a children’s book but I quickly realized I was reading what I have no trouble calling, the most grown-up, mature book I’ve ever read in my life (and I’ve read a lot of books).
Looking at the cover, an owl flying over a beautiful sunset, and reading the title “A Thousand Rainbows” I thought I was in for a pretty simple and straightforward story. As I started to read about the various animals that lived in the land of Cornucopia, “the most beautiful region of the world,” I wondered what was happening because it seemed as if nothing much was. In each new chapter I was shown a different group of animals, each happy, friendly and always positive. I kept waiting for some animal to say, “oh no! here come the bears, we have to run!” but none ever did. In fact just when I thought the bears must eat the fish if they didn’t eat the other animals, the story revealed that all of the land animals enjoyed talking to the fish in the river! What did the bears eat? Honey! Of course! Even though I’d read this author before (i should have known better), what I kept expecting was the usual dangerous, violent problem to arrive and strike fear into the story’s characters, but a lightbulb went on and I realized what D.G. Flamand was doing.
Sometimes life rushes by and we don’t take time to smell the flowers. “A Thousand Rainbows” removes all of the stress, negativity and pressures of life and shows you nothing but the flowers. Some might say it’s “unrealistic” or “impossible” to have a place where everything is beautiful and everyone looks out for one another and the world is happy, but isn’t the job of the artist to paint a picture of a more positive future? Flamand’s world is a breath of fresh air because as he takes you from one group of animals to the next, you start to see that the world is bigger than one person and that we’re all worthy of some attention and care. Like I said, this book is for grown-ups because it’s so insidiously mature. The author’s touch is so light that any reader will gradually find himself a different person at the end and wonder how it happened.
A casual glance at this book would never reveal the truth about it. In many ways it is a political and philosophical work on the level of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm,” only better because Flamand doesn’t have to resort to scaring you away from a dangerous path like Orwell and others have done. All he has to do is what a true artist would: create a bright, shining better path. This isn’t political rhetoric or wishful thinking or some doomed utopia presented in “A Thousand Rainbows,” it is an immensely powerful allegory with real solutions to real problems. It should be taught in every political science class.
“A Thousand Rainbows” is a major work from one of the world’s most significant living creators. D.G. Flamand’s mission is to give the world non-violent literature and I think he’s a true visionary for actually doing it. Today we have “a thousand rainbows” but as his work finds a larger audience those rainbows will become immeasurable.
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A trip to the movies or a flip through television channels reveal a level of violence that has become so acceptable that we usually don’t bat an eye to it. Although violence in entertainment is nothing new, what one writer in California is doing in fiction is. D.G. Flamand has created an entire line of non-violent literature that has found an audience from children to adults and is growing every day. Flamand travels from city to city introducing his books to one reader at a time, many of them who have found a connection to the priceless moral lessons the author plants like seeds within the pages of his stories. These seeds are like magic beans growing into a giant beanstalk striving to push mankind to greater heights where we all become giants of a more kind nature.
Instead of violent acts like fist fighting, car crashes or waged wars, Flamand delivers landscapes filled with characters of compassion, integrity and purpose. His books demonstrate that we don’t need the threat of some great evil ready to do us in. Having worthwhile goals, helping others and being a better person are much better motivations for any protagonist to have. This is an entirely new approach to storytelling because stories are no longer about barely making it past some dangerous threat so we can etch out our survival. No, now the story becomes about how to achieve a better world from where we currently stand, the only real threats coming from our own lack of knowledge or uncertainty of character. It is a unique way to tell a story and one of those simple ideas that we wonder why no one had thought of it before. Thankfully D.G. Flamand put his finger on an idea that may just change everything.
We have all witnessed the power of a good story. We know the strength of word of mouth and how movements can spring up so quickly they take the world by storm. It is totally feasible that non-violent literature will not only begin to catch wind and turn into a wildfire of an idea but it may already have done so. D.G. Flamand not only writes dozens of non-violent books but also hosts a violence-free writing contest twice a year. It is producing a new crop of writers of non-violent literature who are already producing works and affecting each of their own respective communities.
Flamand is becoming a Johnny Appleseed kind of figure. He is the father of a movement that is producing results. Children are learning valuable life lessons and their parents are becoming just as enlightened. New titles continue to pour out from the author and the horizon is nothing but bright. It would not be surprising to someday see his name mentioned alongside Lewis Carroll, Aesop, The Grimm Brothers and C.S. Lewis because D.G. Flamand has given the world something just as, if not more, valuable. There are no wicked witches, big bad wolves or mad queens in his stories, but there are imaginative worlds with relatable characters. They will surprise you because instead of running away from someone, they are usually running towards them; trying to help, demonstrating the greatness that is in everyone. An exceptional author can change something inside of us. D.G. Flamand is exceptional.
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