Anger, Confusion, and Dumot

“Dumot is a book that illustrates fragments of a man’s aggression: his inner demons, his state of mind and physical being as he deals with the rigors of working in a challenging atmosphere.”

For the most part, I don’t understand this book. I don’t get it. All the cussing, all  the thoughts conveyed, all the illustrations of living excrement/ex-living thing/whatever in the world that may be.

I don’t get it. I just don’t.

Probably in the same way, I don’t understand anger. Sometimes it’s just too harsh. Sometimes it’s just too much. Anger makes us say undefinable things, makes us sin twice as much if not handled properly.

It’s crass. It’s Dumot.

Dumot (a most fitting title) is Hiligaynon for “vindictiveness”. It tackles the whereabouts of one man’s mind in the midst of troubles regarding his work, questions about faith and religion, and answers for his unsettling emotions. Presented generally in office-document form, Dumot is an easy read. In fact, its pages are more than 50% illustrations, making the book not only a ‘read’ abut also ‘eye-candy’. It is just kind of less-than-amusing when you find yourself with an open mouth, trying to make out what in the world Alan Navarra has drawn on these pages. Seriously, what are those?!  Nevertheless, it was very much effective in making me think that anger is really such a messed-up thing.

The book not only presents anger but also the progression of it. How it starts as a simple idea, reaches its heights at ultra-climatic loathing, and eventually settles and fades into solutions and resolutions. Changed by time, stopped by will.

Overall, Dumot is a work of art, intellectually and visually.

For what is life but the grand reveal of the wonders of a million random things being shared to you all at the same time? We stand in the shadows beneath the fringes of the undefined, hoping that our pointed perspective will one day deserve the daylight.”

Warning: This book contains explicit language, and stickers.

For more information about the author, Alan Navarra, please feel free to Google him.

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