"My Embodiment as a Broken Record" is Thomas-Ian Nadeau's tell-all testament, an autobiography where he revisits the most difficult moments of his life and how he overcame these adversities. He bares it all and reveals his soul, giving readers a glimpse of the innermost depths of his spirit, particularly the suffering he experienced as well as how he ultimately mustered the strength to prevail over the challenges before him. This is a truly inspirational story of perseverance.
Nadeau's concise autobiography engages with subjects that vexed the author in his life. He explores the morality of homosexuality and what awaits people with differing sexual orientations in the afterlife, based upon his experiences as well as the teachings of various faiths. His story is told through a stream of consciousness narrative assembled in chapters with intriguing titles such as "Actuality," "But Forsaken once Again," and "Problem End." His story is similarly coated with a layer of metaphor and embellishment, giving readers space to interpret and make their own conclusions.
"My Embodiment as a Broken Record" tells Nadeau's life story through the exploits of heavenly angels, the doomed lovers' Daniel and Samantha, and villains rising from hell itself to partake in an ultimate battle between light and darkness bound to reset the balance of Heaven and Hell. At the heart of this clash is the forbidden love between Daniel and Samantha, which transcends the limits of mortality. Their longing for one another and their convictions will be tested by the villains and challenges before them, as well as the celestial order they challenge.
Readers will see what happens to these lovers, whether their bond will withstand the tests before them, which serves as a metaphor for the challenges in life that stand in the way of people's passions and beliefs.
This struggle represents Nadeau's internal conflict. The characters and exploits come in a collection of vignettes similar to journal entries, through which Nadeau explores matters like morality, sexuality and gender, spirituality, and the afterlife, as well as his self-image in contrast with societal expectations. He shares his struggles with mental conditions and hospitalizations, living in group homes, and how these difficulties did not slow him down.
The spirit of perseverance is infused into the pages of "My Embodiment as a Broken Record." In his own words: "It was something built on. Stream of consciousness and determination. It started with chance."
With his story, Nadeau aims to help readers embrace themselves and their true identities, which will help them overcome their self-doubts and inner struggles. By being themselves, they will be better able to live happily.
"People have to stop wearing invisible masks and just be themselves. This story was meant to inspire most people." Nadeau says.
About the Author
Thomas-Ian Nadeau hails from Montreal, Quebec, and later moved to the big city during his adolescence. Since his youth, he has had mental health issues and has had to live in group homes, and has had bouts of hospitalization. Currently, he is 24 years old and hoping to return to school in the near future.