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This review is from: The Book of Loss (Paperback)
I borrowed this book from the library the first time I read it, I did enjoy it, but I didn't feel particularly enamoured with it. However within a few months I began to feel a craving to read it again, and began frantically trying to track it down. When I finally laid my hands on it again, I began to read it again, and felt very differently. The book is written like a diary by a spiteful, conniving and cruel woman, whose coldness is melted only when talking about her lost lover Kanesuke. At first you feel an intese dislike towards this selfish woman, but as you get through the story, you being to feel her raw passion and her powerful love. Anyone who has ever fallen for the wrong person will feel her pain, as she realises her true love is in love with someone else. This book spans her loss, pain and revenge at losing her soul mate. It shows how women deal cruel blows in the court, using rumour rather than direct attacks, and above all it shows how destructive love can be. It is a truly magnificent read and tugs at your heart like nothing else I have read. As I mentioned before it is a slow read which takes time to appreciate for its beauty, but is well worth it.