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Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories Paperback – Deckle Edge, May 12, 2009
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Simon has an elegantly smooth, lyrical style. The flow of his stories seems to follow the characters'/narrator's thoughts, and thoughts don't always run in a chronological or even logical pattern. I can see how some readers will adore this while others may find it a bit disconcerting. There are also some moments where the feel seems to stiffen a bit, perhaps like the author was trying a little too hard or maybe was just a teensy bit too sure of himself. Overall, however, I found his work beautiful, pleasing, and sophisticated.
I highlighted several passages in this book, a few of which I am including here. There is no doubt Van Booy certainly has a stunning way with words.
"Music helps us understand where we have come from but, more importantly, what has happened to us...inside each note is the love we are unable to express with words."
"Greif is a country where it rains and rains but nothing grows. The dead live somewhere else--wearing the clothes we remember them in."
"Another way to punish myself, to look behind for someone I feel but cannot see."
"If there is such a thing as marriage, it takes place long before the ceremony: in a car on the way to the airport; or as a gray bedroom fills with dawn, one lover watching the other; or as two strangers stand together in the rain with no bus in sight, arms weighed down with shopping bags. You don't know then. But later you realize--that was the moment."
"It ends quickly so that we value it..."
in a clairvoyant voice and a singular style that obscures
the line between fiction and poetry. His dexterity with language
is so fluid that it summons images of an acrobat flipping
nouns and verbs rather than body parts.
A series of mellifluous daydreams, the collection traverses
time and space exploring the inner lives of individuals who
long for lost love. From Bruno Bonnet, a celebrated cellist performing
in Quebec, who continues to be enchanted by a childhood sweetheart
to George Frack, a down-trodden office worker, who travels to Sweden
to meet the daughter he has just discovered, the characters steal
your heart and take your breath away.
But then there is his style. You could see it already in the passage I quoted above -- short declarative sentences with little to wash them down. Here is a longer extract: "My hotel room overlooks the St. Lawrence River. Chunks of ice slip by with the current. Quebec women once set out hard rods of corn on planks of wood on the river's bank. I can see their cotton-white breath and their gray teeth as glimmering fish are spread across barrels. Their aprons are wet. Frost has dusted white the rich brown earth. The ground is hard as stone. Cold has cracked their hands. They laugh and wave to children on small boats drifting. Clouds churn in the eyes of the fish.Read more ›
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I love the the author's writing. Though this one was not as good as The Illusion of Separateness it was still a good read.Published 9 months ago by Theresa Tidwell
There was both a pleased and let down feeling when arriving at the end. The possibilities for Hannah and Bruno are so salient yet so far from reach, and so I had questions... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cynthia Conard
In the book ‘Love begins in winter’, the season is a metaphor for the state of mind of its protagonists. Love finds two strangers in the midst of their blues. Read morePublished on July 26, 2014 by Samir Satam
For a short story, it is beautifully crafted. It is beautiful to see the author's view on life and other similar things. Very intriguing. I highly recommend it.Published on May 10, 2014 by Jadore
Wow! Another great read! My only complaint is that the story ended too soon, although I admit it ended perfectly. The author's stories tend to just end, with a bang - no warning. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Kat A.
I love this kind of book and it was so well done that I had to review it and say so. Great book.Published on October 31, 2013 by CAP
I loved this book. The author describes characters and their feelings in such detail that your imagination is racing. Read morePublished on October 5, 2013 by Carla Kleinwachter
This was a most satisfying short story to read......beautifully and thoughtfully written, fleshing out just enough story line to prompt introspection and imagination in the reader.Published on August 16, 2013 by A Fortune