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Love Begins in Winter by Simon Van Booy
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it was amazing
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Read from December 19 to 27, 2011 , read count: 1

“I read books because I love them, not because I think I should read them.” -Simon Van Booy

It is a rare thing for me to write or underling books that I’m not reading academically but there were so many beautiful, poetic, truthful lines in this book that I couldn’t not. Initially Van Booy seems the typical literary fiction writer that critics and intellectual elitists adore. Alas, it doesn’t take long to figure out all the beautifully poetic yet uncomplicated prose makes his work very accessible to the average reader. This is one of the few books I can say has charmed me.

The title may be off-putting if you’re not a romantic but Van Booy explores love in many of its facets be it romantic, unrequited, parent-child, lost, or friendly. He is an excellent observer of the human condition and this would be a great way to shake up your next book club.
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“Music is only a mystery to people who want it explained. Music and love are the same.”
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Simon Van Booy
“I wanted to explain that trusting is harder than being trusted.”
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Simon Van Booy
“Coincidences mean you're on the right path.”
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Simon Van Booy
“Actually, years mean nothing. It's what's inside them.”
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Simon Van Booy
“Music helps us understand where we have come from but, more importantly, what has happened to us.”
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“Love requires imagination more than experience.”
Simon Van Booy, Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories

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“The present grows within the boundaries of the past.”
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“Every moment is the paradox of now or never.”
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“The most significant conversations of our lives occur in silence.”
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“Children are the closest we have to wisdom, and they become adults the moment that final drop of everything mysterious is strained from them.”
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“...I like stories very much,” the priest said. “They help me understand myself better.”
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“You can’t explain love” he said out loud. “That’s how it gets ruined.”
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“Love between strangers takes only a few seconds and can last a whole life.”
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“Life had called his name, and without thinking, he had stepped forward. He wondered if perhaps he was becoming the person he had always wanted to be.”
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