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ssdb, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by ssdb)
For people that like to read thoughtful stories about the transformative powers of love, romantic or otherwise.
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dmell2116, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by dmell2116)
the writing was exceptional. in a year of very mediocre writing (at best), this one stood out.
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Sara Habein, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Sara Habein)
This is an outstanding book, one I've been telling everyone to read. Simon Van Booy has created a lovely, heartbreaking novel that was easily my favorite book of the past year.
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m.egan, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by m.egan)
Ok, I was looking to read a literate romance and
I got what I was looking for; I thank Mr Van Booy
for that.
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NinaL, August 24, 2011 (view all comments by NinaL)
Simon Van Booy's writing is fluid and excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of "Everything Beautiful Began After". I found that the pages seemed to turn themselves. Each chapter completed left me wanting to read one more. As the characters become more intertwined, their pasts are slowly revealed providing each with a depth of connection that none had ever felt before. Theirs is a connection based on similar losses, loneliness, dreams and yearning. The second half of the novel takes a devastating turn forcing each character into new directions. The pace of the story is somewhat hindered by the 2nd person narration in the second and third parts of this four part novel; this change in narration seemed to pull me a step back from the immediacy I felt in the first section of this novel, and then the pace in the fourth section was rushed. Despite the change in narration and pace, the story flows evenly throughout leaving one to question whether our lives are controlled by fate or choice. Van Booy has created an evocative story, imbued with passion and the intrigues of life.
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Van Booy, Simon
Harper Perennial
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Van Booy, a Frank O'Connor International Short Story award winner (for Love Begins in Winter), offers a tender, earnest first novel, in which flight attendant Rebecca Baptiste moves to Athens, Greece, where she meets George Cavendish, an American with a passion for languages and drinking. Their romance blooms quickly, but when Rebecca falls for a Welsh archeologist named Henry, George drinks so much that he stumbles in front of a car — Henry's car. Without knowing what they share, Henry tends to George's injuries, cementing an immediate and long-lasting alliance. But some time later, George sees Rebecca with Henry, and the shock of recognition leaves these three sensitive souls shaken, snapping George into sobriety and sending Henry adrift. When Henry finally returns two years later, after a devastating earthquake, both he and Athens have changed dramatically. Finally, his discovery of a journal that may have belonged to Rebecca makes him wonder how well he knew her. The rhythms of Henry's tender, damaged heart propel the narrative, and Van Booy wisely resists romanticizing torment, instead suggesting that grief — tied as it is to fate and faith — can give way to promise. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "A powerful meditation on the undying nature of love and the often cruel beauty of one's own fate. This is a novel you simply must read!"
"Review" by , "Everything Beautiful Began After both creates and satisfies a feeling of wanderlust. Van Booy's confident prose carries the reader over oceans and back again, into archaeological digs and airport hotels, and the romance at the center of the book stays vivid long after the story is through."
"Review" by , "Already a new-generation master of the short story, Simon Van Booy has now emerged as a newly minted master of the novel as well....Van Booy is a writer whose work I will forever eagerly read."
"Review" by , "His prose is music, and his characters are warmhearted, gentle, bemused, philosophical beings....It's as if Shakespeare's Sonnet No. 30 has unfolded into a full-blown novel."
"Review" by , "Van Booy's writing rings with the proverbial pithiness of Oscar Wilde, the elegance of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the clarity of Graham Greene and the wit of Evelyn Waugh, conjuring a strong voice full of poetic, timeless grace of which much of the contemporary literary scene is starved."
"Review" by , "[T]he exquisite prose and heartbreaking (but never hopeless) emotional honesty make it a worthy read."
"Review" by , "Beautifully written, touchingly told, Van Booy radiates pain, fears, love and freedom on every page of this book."
"Review" by , "Vivid and meticulous...the floweriness of his prose is skillfully balanced by his short, precise sentences. Intriguing."
"Review" by , "Van Booy's writing seduces from the first page....He is a hugely gifted writer. More vitally, he has something to say."
"Review" by , "How lovely to encounter a grownup romantic in Simon Van Booy....[He] is a lovely writer, and Everything Beautiful Began After is a kind book."
"Review" by , "Atmospheric and anchored in its place. A book that is timeless but not rootless. Everything Beautiful Began After is highly sophisticated and absolutely sincere."
"Review" by , "There integrity to [Van Booy's] vision and a haunting element in his portrait of friendship and, ultimately, resolution."
"Synopsis" by , From Simon Van Booy, the award-winning author of Love Begins in Winter, and The Secret Lives of People in Love, comes a debut novel of longing and discovery amidst the ruins of Athens. With echoes of Nicole Krauss's The History of Love and Charles Baxter's The Feast of Love, Van Booy's resonant tale of three isolated, disaffected adults discovering one another in Greece is the compelling product of an inquisitive, visionary talent. In the words of Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain, "Simon Van Booy knows a great deal about the complex longings of the human heart."
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