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Love Paperback – 24 Feb 2014
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The Fight - The Toast. That tiny bit of jelly, quivering, clinging to the edge of a small piece of toast, as it hovered over his book. That scene is Comedy Gold. That scene alone is worth the price of admission.
His reaction to being given an old book still lingers with me. Okubo did more than bring it to life - he made it part of my life.
At the start, I was thinking; wow, this woman is a manipulating girl-dog, evil, tricking this poor man into all kinds of difficult things, jumping through pointless hoops. But as the story continued, I realized two things. One; it is rock solid point of view. And Two; he's somewhere on the autistic scale, who's only real life is in books, and who struggles to fit into society or with people. He is not stupid but he's limited in what he can do. As the story continues (and it is all shown, not told, which takes longer), I came to realize, she wasn't just his lifeline - she was his life.
She is only revealed through his point of view, so it takes a while for the sum of the previous parts to add up. The reader is not spoon fed information. It is not an 'easy' book to read, the reader must participate.
Some of the chapters jump around a bit in time and place. Usually, they are set up for something that happens later. The one scene (and they are scenes, not chapters, really) I didn't like was the dream scene. It's a personal preference, I hate them, I hate being 'tricked' into caring for something that has no risk. But it was a small scene and actually relevant to the story, so I forgave him.
This is not your normal love story. It goes way beyond that. I shed a few tears reading it and I don't cry easily.
The only problem with this book is the English. I think English wasn't the author's home language. Okubo knows the words, but the construction sometimes didn't work. After a while, somewhere around page 50, I attributed the occasional fractured English to the 'voice' of the narrator, and all problems then disappeared.
Do I recommend it? Yes. Unless a missing article or an occasional mangled sentence sends you mad, then find another book. It did need an editor which is why 4 stars and not 5.