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Searching for a hero until a tragedy unfolds
on 16 June 2017
One might expect from the description of the book that it would be a romantic tale of how two people meet each other at university and go on to spend the rest of their lives together through chance occurrences on the day they met each year after. It ends up being a "Romeo and Juliet" meets "When Harry Met Sally" mashup. It has your Vladimir Propp fairy-tale appeal to it, but one in which the princess is always looking for her Prince Charming, when no matter who the hero in her life is, she avoids the truth that it is the same person she met at university. If this story were told today, the "princess" would probably be using Tinder and Facebook Messenger to meet and chat to many other men in hope they are the "hero" in waiting, while the only person she feels she wants to be with is playing Grand Theft Auto in the other room, remote from her except on special occasions, when he is the "hero" for a day. The tragedy element to the story will probably appeal to those looking for a modern day easy-to-read Shakespeare-esque text, and to anyone who has loved someone without making the most of the time they were together, then the book might move you to tears.