The Book As A Book is A Great Book ;)
5 March, 2014
I bet you didnt understand much from that blurb, did you? But it still piqued your curiosity? Okay, I'm just saying this because it happened to me, so it probably didn't happen to you, and you probably understood just what the story was about, and I'm probably a dumdum for assuming that it was a scary story. Not kidding, that's what I thought, and I never read horror, but I like I said, this made me curious, and had good reviews, so naturally I wanted to read it.
And I loved it.
If you're like me, here's the short summary:
Penny and John start keeping a diary of sorts for their child when Penny is pregnant. It's an idea born out of the wish to share something of each other with the baby, and somehow make their love one. They share their love for Bonnie and each other, her milestones, everyday matters, and what's happening in their lives at that moment. The plan is to give the book to Bonnie when she's old enough to understand it, as a token of their love for her. Soon however, John and Penny get separated, and Penny gets married to Ted, whom Bonnie calls 'my Ted'. Penny continues to write in the book, and as time goes by, it becomes a symbol of sadness to Bonnie, due to various circumstances that are explored in the story. It's a beautifully written story which is very real and true to it's characters in a way that is unique and powerful.
The Book is written in three parts - Love is The Beginning, Love is A Weapon, & Love is Tangible, and from three points of view - John's, Penny's, Bonnie's and there are also transcripts of Bonnie's sessions with her doctor. With so many points of view, we get a well rounded picture of the story. My favourites were Bonnie's voice, and the transcripts of her sessions with Dr. Wright.
Bonnie is a premature child, and as a consequence, is a slow learner, and can get highly emotional sometimes. Bonnie sees the world in an unusual manner, way beyond her years, I think. Some of her observations are so insightful that you are stunned at them coming from a child so young. It reminded me of something I saw Ian Somerhalder saying at a recent con in Russia. He said that there are things that children see, that we as adults are incapable of seeing, because we have a much narrower view of the world than they do. And that is so true in Bonnie's case. It actually surprised me that she was considered a slow learner, not least because she always thinks if something 'makes logic' before she does it. As a psychology student, Bonnie's narration and the transcripts were almost an educational experience for me.
Penny and John enter their respective thoughts in the book, and at times, it has nothing to do with Bonnie, but with their feelings for each other and their regrets, which if you ask me, I dont think is very appropriate to give your child. Not that it was explicit or anything, but because I dont think any child is going to understand why her parent would take erroneous decisions and no excuses are going to suffice.
I loved The Book as a book, and as a story. But I dont know if the idea of a Book like The Book is a good idea.
Did you get what I said? I can be confusing sometimes :)
Bottomline: A uniquely written and delivered book that makes you question a lot of things that you accepted as the norm. For a novella, this Book packs quite a punch!
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