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5.0 out of 5 stars Staggeringly beautiful., 20 Jan. 2008
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This review is from: Speaking of Love (Hardcover)
I really don't know where to start in order to do this book justice. I'll begin by saying that the opening lines had me hooked immediately . . . 'I have come home, after a long and difficult journey. I travelled alone and it was sometime before I realised that I had arrived'.

The tale we hear is about Iris who is a storyteller, her daughter Vivie, and Matthew, who was Vivie's childhood friend. All 3 take turns to tell their story, about how Iris has a mental breakdown and how her and Vivie become separated when Vivie was very young. The three stories end up linked together in a staggeringly beautiful finish that had me blubbing but at the same time filled me with joy. The book examines what it's like to live with someone who is suffering from a mental illness and the effects it has on everyone involved. The author makes us realise how important it is to tell each other what we are thinking and to not hide our feelings away from those we care about. I loved the symbolism of the tree all the way through this book and of how deep the story roots go. Also, I thought it was very clever to link the 3 main characters' chapters with fairy tales that are delightfully told.

Angela Young is definitely an author to look out for. More please, Angela!
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Initial post: 26 Sep 2014 11:50:27 BDT
Can I interest you in a free paperback or download of "The Seventh Moon" by Marius Gabriel to read and review? I would appreciate your view and use this as a way of introducing a new author to you if you have not yet read his work. For more information, please go to www.marius-gabriel-author.com. My direct email is fsmythe1@gmail.com if you would like to take me up on this and thank in advance you for considering it.

Thank you, Frances Smythe
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