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Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy

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(It must be hottie author week! First Michael Boccacino, then Dustin Thomason, now Simon Van Booy!)

Published by Harper Perennial, 2011 *****

To say I devoured this book is an understatement – I ferociously consumed it in just over 24 hours.  I was so enamored with the language, the plot, and especially the characters.  Simon (yes we’re on a first name basis, we’ve actually met) has a gift with words that I haven’t encountered in quite some time.  Elegant, but not overdone, his prose has a simple beauty that feels effortless.  One example is the concluding sentence of a chapter, after the three main characters are caught in an exquisite moment:  “Around them, at unthinkable speeds, planets tilted their bodies of fire and ice.”

Simon brings Athens to life through the eyes of French artist Rebecca, American linguist George, and British archeologist Henry.  The way their lives intersect is so cleverly executed, and the tragedy that befalls them is written with perfect anguish.  Every element of this divine novel is praiseworthy, so I’ll stop gushing about its brilliance and encourage everyone I know to grab a copy.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.

Author: Julie Merilatt

I live in a Chicago suburb with my husband and a house full of books. Book collecting, reading, and reviewing consume my life. I have a special affinity for all things Alice in Wonderland. I began my education at Carthage College, wanting to be an English teacher. Eventually I decided that Carthage and I weren’t a good fit anymore, so I transferred to North Park University, where I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher. So I finished my education with a degree in English with a writing concentration. I was always a voracious reader and wrote my first review in April 2007. I don’t remember why exactly I decided to write a review, only that I had just finished The Agony and the Ecstasy and had a strong feeling that I needed to express how I felt about it. This inspired me to write reviews about each book I wrote and after posting on Amazon for two years, I was invited into the Amazon Vine program. I am also an active reviewer/member of Goodreads and enjoy being an active member of the online book community.

One thought on “Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy

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