Painted Lives by Craig Bassett

An out of the box tale that combines the magic of Big Fish with the mystical qualities of The Alchemist, all told by Mark Twain.

A compassionate spiritual journey brought to life by a very likable old southern gentleman, whose intuition and insight offer a fascinating stroll into a world of magic and mysticism. The narrator makes no apologies for his unique vernacular, which isn't particularly concerned with proper grammar, word usage and on occasion, even spelling. His whole intent is honesty, the loving and oftentimes brutal kind that can only come from one’s soul, which does not require applause or approval.

Come sit for a spell by the fire and relax, as the narrator takes you on a spellbinding journey, one that requires nothing from you, save for an open mind. Listen as his interwoven tales, stitched meticulously together by magic, create a tapestry of wonder.

Set in the mid-1800’s, along a quiet stretch of the Mississippi River, the narrator’s fortune changes when he is taken under the benevolent wing of a newly freed slave and mystical healer, who guides the boy to his true potential.

Each character the narrator runs into and every adventure he endures brings with it a spiritual message and life lesson that seems to be made for him alone, as he is groomed to fulfill his inevitable fate.

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Sept. 29, 2009
  • Last updated Sept. 29, 2009
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  • Retired user
    Adam Thurstman [Retired] wrote 3 years, 2 months ago
    billetem wrote 1 day ago A work of pure genius. Adam De-Thurstman writes better than Mark Twain. This is a masterpiece which needs to be published immediately. Some might ask: how can anyone promote such a book, a book written by an author who claims to be the real Adam - the real Adam, you know, as in the real Adam and the real Eve? He also claims to be Elijah. How can one promote such a book from such ...
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    Pia wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    Hi Craig, maybe you pick this up. Please have a look in your message box, thanks. Pia

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    mvw888 wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    Wonderful voice; happy to revisit this.

    The Qualities of Wood

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    GK Stritch [Retired] wrote 5 years ago

    Dear Craig Bassett,

    "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since." Ernest Hemingway captures it, doesn't he?

    Best and backed. Good work with Painted Lives.

    GK Stritch
    CBGB Was My High School

  • memphisgirl's avatar
    memphisgirl wrote 5 years ago

    Love your narrator, love the language. Reading this felt like home.

    Ashes By Now

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    klouholmes wrote 5 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Craig, This is written vernacular that is easy to follow. And the story flows like folktale. The bear artifact and the boy’s wondering why the Ancient Ones would choose him is ensnaring. Liked the setting and the synopsis promising of more learning about mysticism in the forest. Shelved – Katherine (The Swan Bonnet)

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    CraigD wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    I like the tone of this a lot. I also like the dialect, but you have to be careful to maintain it consistently (particularly if you're going to invoke Twain), and also not put words in the boy's mouth that he might not reasonably know. But your narrative is very attractive, and the writing supports it well. I'm happy to back this for you.
    Please consider taking a look at my book, The Job.

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    name falied moderation wrote 5 years, 3 months ago
    This a a magical book L O V E D it and will keep it on my WL. Your words conjure up the era and setting and take the reader on a journey of mysticism. I am shleving this book BACKED for sure. WILL be in the bookstroes at some time and will buy it. Please keep writing and plugging this book. I would be so pleased if you could read some of my work, non-fiction and magical in its ...
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    eloraine wrote 5 years, 3 months ago

    Well written and wonderful. E.Loraine Royal Blood Chronicles book one

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    SusieGulick wrote 5 years, 3 months ago
    Dear Craig, I got so excited when I saw that you had backed, "He Loves Me." :) Thanks so very much. :) Since I have already "backed" your book, I will also put your book on my "watchlist." Could you please take a moment to "back" my completed unedited memoir version? "Tell Me True Love Stories," which at the end tells of my illness now & 6th abusive marriage. I'd be ever so grateful. :) Thank you. :) Love, Susie ...
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    SusieGulick wrote 5 years, 3 months ago
    Dear Craig, I love that you have brought alive the 1800s in the South - it's like I was right there along with you as you told your tales. :) My daughter-in-law is from Memphis. :) Before I began to read your book, I was prepared by your recap/pitch,which was very well done. :) Your story is good because you create interest by having short paragraphs & lots of dialogue, which makes me want to keep reading to find out ...
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    zan wrote 5 years, 4 months ago
    Painted Lives Craig Bassett Craig, I must say, your pitches spoke to me - once I'd read that you'd weaved into this "the mystical qualities of The Alchemist" I was sold. I think I am Coelho's most dedicated fan! His works are spellbinding to me and his messages speak to me in a very profound way, as yours here does. I simply love this piece of yours and I can see Coelho's influence here. I am so happy to have ...
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    Jed Oliver wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    Your writing is marvelously entrancing! This is truly wonderful stuff, and I wish you the very best with it. Backed. Best regards, Jedward (Knut)

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    Beval [Retired] wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    I liked this.
    I'm not sure what else to say, sometimes a book just does this to you, its like meeting friend, you like them, you're not sure why, but they give you a feeling of comfort.
    I like this book.

  • lionel25's avatar
    lionel25 wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    Craig, the prologue and first chapter read well. I like the narrative voice. Nothing to nitpick in these two sections. Good job overall.

    Happy to back this.

    Joffrey (The Silver Spoon Effect)

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    Sheila Belshaw [Retired] wrote 5 years, 5 months ago
    PAINTED LIVES: Craig, I love the conversational tone of this work. So natural and so connecting. It appeals to all the senses. I love writers who dare to go out of the box. Sometimes we are too confined by rules. You can't do this. That's not allowed . . . etc. But like all branches of art, writing must grow and evolve, and somebody has to start the trend. You have done just that. This could become a classic. Backed ...
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    snickerdoddle wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    Unlike anything I have read in a long time. Just getting started good but i certianly plan on continuing my read. Backed and thanks.Karen

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    Alan Dean wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    Interesting and unusual premise with many nice features. A bit slow for my read, but may be appropriate to the easygoing tone of the story.
    Nice engaging legend, conflict and description.

  • Jo Ellis's avatar
    Jo Ellis wrote 5 years, 5 months ago

    This is something totally different for me to read but I'm glad I've read part of this.

    A fascinating, clever story is what I found here. Highly original with a strong fresh narrative which promises to take us on a interesting journey.

    Though not my thing, I can appreciate excellent writing.

    Good luck

    Jo xx


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    Cully [Retired] wrote 5 years, 5 months ago
    In the prologue, it may me less intrusive if you just left out the apostrophe's when doing the colloquialism. Chapter 1 I think shorter sentences will be more powerful. As this is currently written, each sentence, when you provide more information, gets a little lengthy and cumbersome. Try taking one sentence and making it two and see how that sounds to you read aloud. I want to get into the book faster. What you have currently up front may work ...
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