Book Review: Uncle Yah Yah: 21St Century Man Of Wisdom, Part 2
Book Reviewed by Alvin Romer
Author Al Dickens gives us his unique brand of wisdom told as by Uncle Yah Yah, a storyteller and wise sage spewing amusing anecdotes, in the form of two books — ‘Uncle Yah Yah: 21st Century Man of Wisdom, Parts I and II’.
Uncle Yah Yah: 21st Century Man of Wisdom In this day and time mankind can use any of the truths that will manifest a better person for longevity in life, thus wisdom no matter the era is needed and requested. Author Al Dickens gave us his unique brand of wisdom told as Uncle Yah Yah, a man of this age as a storyteller and wise sage spewing amusing anecdotes, in the form of two books -- ‘Uncle Yah Yah: 21st Century Man of Wisdom, Parts I and II’. Not just any man, mind you. You may ask what is he trying to accomplish, and after reading further it’s easy to fathom why inspiration is the bottom line for good intent. The books first and foremost are simple maxims on how to embrace faith to improve lives through a value-added belief system built on conventional wisdom, and the man dispensing it. The author defines Uncle Yah Yah as a unique person with something to say dispensing sage advice for the masses. The gist of the books are relative to Uncle Yah Yah’s ‘manuscripts’ -- simple spiritual guides full of quips, quotes, and other anecdotal jewels that explains the title character as a bona fide Guru.
Both books are sequential and sub-divided in insightful chapters, giving narrative input by installing a lead character extracting a storyline on the way to discovering the intrinsic soul of Uncle Yah Yah. Utilizing a simple method unlocking the aura that surrounds his persona Mr. Dickens had the wherewithal to create a preamble to set up components for the books. To wit: the aforementioned character, Rudy Hawkins, is a reporter for the Essex Weekly News who starts his journey at Paradise Gardens, a black resort where he meets, interviews and bonds with the people who knows Uncle Yah Yah personally. One by one throughout the chapters, each of them relate the essence of a highly-esteemed man known for clarity, wisdom and understanding. Central to Parts I and II are opinionated views on society, identity, religion and wisdom seen through his eyes. The idea is being able to tell short stories using animals, mostly to show some of the great lessons in life. Each vignette ends with a wise saying to stimulate the mind. Discover what the ‘The Wise Little Mouse’, ‘The Hungry Wolves’, ‘The Rabbit and the Squirrel’, and The Raccoon and the Bear’, all have in common for a higher consciousness linking wisdom with knowledge. Meeting Uncle Yah Yah and being introduced to what is offered by him is half the story.
Part II for a sense of continuity, Rudy Hawkins is back as the omniscient-type persona ready to uncover more of Uncle Yah Yah’s life lessons. Could it be that he needs more from Uncle Yah Yah? Yep, you guessed right! Where Part One leaves off, this new installment finds Mr. Hawkins now lamenting about his failed marriage and on the verge of a nervous breakdown seeking answers and homilies for sage interpretation. The main course is the new Manuscript that contains much of the wisdom that Uncle Yah Yah is famous for. Like the first book, the author divides the book in sections but not before setting the stage for Rudy to bring closure to his issues as he again braces for Uncle Yah Yah's subsequent maxims anew. The second section is called WISDOM, which mainly consists of wise sayings and quite a few deep emanations for quality living. The coda gives the author the wherewithal to close with a bang as he gives forth The Thirteen Greatest Rules.
For the most part I enjoyed the book, and felt that the author accomplishes his goal of allowing one to think outside of their comfort zones. Moreover, there’s worth in seeing ourselves relative to what can be discerned from deductive reasoning and logic. My enjoyment reading both books found me looking beyond status quo. Though simple and basic in its approach, could the production have benefited from a better packaged presentation where a certain sense of sophistication would give readers reason to pick up this book based on the title? For whatever reason, the author failed to include a customary index and included the same preambles at the beginning of the book, i.e., reader Praises, Introduction, Acknowledgments, Foreword, and Editor’s Note as the first book, but beyond that, no need to worry. There’s a decided difference to a certain extent on presentation, but nothing is taken away from the book as a whole. You will have to be the judge on that. One of the benefits of this whole subjective matter however, is the fact that readers need not to have read Part I in order to understand and appreciate Part II. The wise sayings have validity and should give most readers a chance to get something out of it. We, at anytime in our growth should have such wit, words and wisdom for a highly recommended read. I recommend Parts I and II of Uncle Yah Yah’s brand of reasoning and reality!