The Secret Lives of People in Love
“Breathtaking. . .chillingly beautiful, like postcards from Eden. ..Van Booy’s stories are somehow like paintings the characters walk out of, and keep walking.” -Los Angeles Times
In his critically-acclaimed debut collection of short stories, The Secret Lives of People in Love, Simon Van Booy explores the sway of fate and power of memory on the lives of lonely and vulnerab...more
It is almost like a fine wine... you inhale (it) gently, swirl it around just a bit to observe its delicate colours, and then take the first tentative sip. With each sip, it becomes sweeter and lingers longer in your mouth.
Do read this book. If nothing else, it will make you pause and appreciate the tenderness and beauty of simple moments, and acknowledge that often-abused emot ...more
I'll start off with the things I like then, hmm?: there were some stories that did work for me. I really liked "Apples," about the Russian shoemaker who plants an orchard in Brooklyn to remember his daughter. I also really liked "Snow Falls and Disappears," which deals with love's abandonment and how a man deludes himself to go on properly. ...more
И само искам да чета и още и още. Страхотен автор ...more
Usually a story will incorporate several kinds of love - friendship, family, romance, and compare the two.
A rather large number of the stories show love overcoming some sort of obstacle - death, illness, etc., but somehow the tragedies that are at the heart of some of the shorts become more hopeful in the context of the love that supports and consoles them.
I actually cried quite ...more
‘The Secret Lives of People in Love’ is a collection of nineteen short stories. Most of them are about love and loss, sometimes about love regained. But mos ...more
My mother once told me that I was beautiful,that I had attractive features and bright eyes,that fair complexion was not the only criteria for beauty.I used to sign my diary as Ugly Duckling.I'd chuckled out of relief when my mother told me that.From that day on,I secretly believed that it took a certain artistic inclination to appreciate the beauty I had and the only reason I didn't get many compliments was because people were philistine and superficial.I didn't doubt my mother,never ...more
In the world where collecting likes, friends and connections by the hundreds has become the norm, The Secret Lives of People in Love is a welcome reminder of what it feels like to really get to know someone, to open up and share and dig deep. Like the title of the collection suggests, Van Booy reveal ...more
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Tragedy times heartache over infinite metaphors equals story.
That's pretty much this book for you.
The problem is, while Van Booy's writing can be beautiful, he often writes in first person, which gives these characters an inauthentic voice that makes for a handful of incredibly unreliable (and unbelievable) narrators.
The French orphan who says, "the key to a good life is to gently ...more
This is the best book I have ever read in my lil life! Seriously, I read a section from it every day and will hopefully until I leave this place. I am completely and unequivocally in love with Mr. Booy's writing and if a book could be my ...more
As you read each story, a total of 18, you feel Van Booy's faith in love fading with every missed opportunity, every failure to truly appreciate the love he'd been given, and the realization that everything he'd ever wanted was tucked away in yesterday. I still have no idea why this collection was advertised as a celebration ...more
In each story, Van Booy sprinkles beautifu ...more
(http://dangerouslychallenge.blogspot....) and I thought I would read a couple stories yesterday and scatter the rest throughout the month. But! I started reading and could. not. stop. Seriously. I couldn't. I stayed up way past my bedtime and read all the stories last night. The whole time I was moving toward the end, I was begging myself to stop and savor all the stories. I devoured it all while wanting it to never end. This collectio ...more
Sinds Alice Munro zoek ik echter zelfs verhalenbundels op. Simon van Booy was een naam die ik op verschillende blogs tegenkwam. De kaft viel op, de titel is prachtig en enkele quotes die ik tegenkwam waren te overtuigend om te kunnen negeren. Het resultaa ...more
I read the P.S. edition, which incl ...more
The Secret Lives of People in Love is a compilation of short stories about... well I lose myself there. I didn't find any consistent theme across the stories (except maybe snow and shoes). A lot of them seem to be about "people in love" but that love takes on many spectrums and it seemed to me as if Simon Van Booy only covered the "I loved X and X is now dead" or "I've always loved X and now we can finally be together". Nicely written stories with maybe a handful of good things to learn from thi...more