4 ♥ 5
Blurb: Award-winning author Simon Van Booy tells a harrowing and enchanting story of how one man’s act of mercy during World War II changed the lives of a group of strangers, and how they each eventually discover the astonishing truth of their connection.
“Life comes at you in pieces sometimes too big to avoid”
This book is exquisite.
A poetic marvel even.
The above is the shortest review of this book you’ll ever find. What you read below is just me raving about this book.
Before this book, I hated POV stories and plots, I found them gimmicky. Before this book I hated historical story lines or anything to do with war, they were a snooze. This is neither.
One mistake I did while reading this, is not finishing it in one go. It makes sense, it makes you appreciate this gem of a novel more. Read it in one go!
The POVs in the book is not organized chronologically or even by characters. This book has snippets of memories interconnecting story lines, closely revealing other characters. The brilliant trick I found with this writing, is how the author hints at the character, almost teases you into knowing it, before revealing them to you. You have to read that closely.
Each characters are amazing — by the time you finish reading this, it leaves you wanting to know each of those characters more. I would love to know more and everything about Danny, Mr.Hugo,Amelie,Martin,John.
“Love is also a violence, and cannot be undone.”
Beware, this books is not for a lazy read, it’s between those lines, between those plots. Blink and you miss it. The style of writing is poetic, it works for most part but at times it feels as if the author is trying to make an impact or trying to make each word as impressionable as possible. It’s not required. The book works wonderfully either way.
This novel is for sure deceptively simple. The story in itself doesn’t go like usual story from point A to point B, rather it’s an examination of event from various point of view.
Yet here I am, years later, between this page and your eye. Part of someone else’s story.
Reading this book is like having a hot drink on a cold morning. When I finished reading it, I didn’t know if it was sad or beautiful. It was both in varying proportions, I think.
It’s by far the most beautiful novel I read this year. I am sure to follow-up with the authors work.
—Take care, happy reading!—
“Books fall open, you fall in. When you climb out again, you’re a bit larger than you used to be.” – Gregory Maguire