Thoughts Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy, Harper Perennial 2009, 227 pages
SPACE/TAB Do I have a book to recommend to you!
SPACE/TAB Have you ever read any Simon Van Booy? His writing is poetic…
SPACE/TAB Oh, I’m sorry? Did you say something? You asked me what’s the best book I’ve read lately? OH, um, you probably have never heard of it; but it’s REALLY GOOD! But, it’s… um, moving. But not a lot happens, really. AND quietly almost sad? Um – Actually, it’s a short story collection – but they’re beautiful! Want me to loan it to you?
SPACE/TAB Oh, THANK YOU! I loved it! And it’s SO COOL to see your name in the Acknowledgements. *SMILES*
SPACE/TAB Would you like me to quote a bit?
“It’s true the people we meet shape us. But the people we don’t meet shape us also, often more because we have imagined them so vividly.
There are people we yearn for but never seem to meet. Every adult yearns for some stranger, but it is really childhood we miss. We are yearning for that which has been stolen from us by what we have become.”
This is from one of the stories (Tiger, Tiger) that was most haunting for me, and yet not in a scary ghostly way but in a thought-echoing way. Simon Van Booy’s writing makes you feel like you are underwater and every thing is crisp-clear and the rest of the world is muffled-sound. I can’t describe the solemnness I felt while immersing in the world of these stories. And yet, you might think the next emotion to jump to would be ‘depressing’ and these stories are NOT.
I was moved. I was awed. Some stories – there are only five – I liked more than others which is fine, to be expected, welcomed even. And I was both entranced by the simple sentence (subject -> verb, subject -> verb, etc) structure of the very first story and also caught by it; I was in a net – I was a fly in the spiderwebbed words. I will re-read this, I will.*
I ended one story and caught myself stifling the burst of a sob!
SPACE/TAB This book itself is beautiful to hold and feel and touch. Which is not a usual thing to say about a tradeback.
SPACE/TAB Visit Nancy, the BookFool’s blog – she is hosting a giveaway – but you have to hurry because it ends March 7, Sunday, TOMORROW! Sorry, I have been trying to write this review for days but have been quite intimidated.
I really loved the writing. Five Pieces of Chocolate Silk Pie with Dark Chocolate Curls topping the Meringue (I don’t know if Chocolate Silk Pie HAS meringue but I would if I made it…)
P.S. Do you want to read some REAL reviews? Nancy, Wendy, Lesley, Gavin, The-Book-Blog-Search-I-Found-Most-of-These-Reviews…
P.S.S. Oh! If/when you read this! Read the section in the back about Meeting the Author and the What I Do When I’m Not Writing Books – Simon Van Booy shows that he is a fascinating FUN guy and more than just an amazing story writer! I cannot wait to try the recipes. And to read ALL of his books.
* I’m only now (maybe) starting to be a re-reader….
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