Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy

I have been putting this review off FOREVER. Because what does one say about a perfect book? Oh yeah, I'm going there. A perfect book.

Many of us have loved Simon Van Booy for years, but this could be the book that blows the doors off. The book that makes ALL THE READERS love Simon Van Booy.

This is a collection of vignettes about a bunch of people tangled up in each other's lives. At the epicenter are an American soldier and a German soldier in World War II, and their encounter shapes their lives and the lives of those around them. It ripples through their relationships, their children, their neighbors.

STUNNING! Beautiful sentences, masterful plotting, just awesome. I have nothing else to say. Just read the thing. Go forth and purchase.

If you haven't watched my video review of this one, now might be the time. I was actually more thoughtful on camera than I was in this written review. Weird, I know.



Pub. Date: June 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780062112248
Source: Gifted galley from a friend (not a publisher). 

30 comments:

  1. I have been in doubt about this one but after this I will put it on my pile. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book.

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    1. Have no doubts! It is truly a gorgeous, unique book.

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  2. Me want! This book sounds fantastic!! I need to get me a copy ASAP!!! Loved your post about this perfect book - which I really believe is perfect ;)

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    1. LOL, it's amazing. It really is. There wasn't anything I didn't like about it, and that's rare.

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  3. You've sold me! Just put a hold on The Illusion of Separateness.

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    1. I hope you love it as much as I did, Joann!

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  4. Everyone is loving The Illusion of Separateness! I need to get with it!

    I loved The Last Girlfriend on Earth and am glad to see it getting more attention.

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    1. It's so so so so good. And a really quick read, to boot! It's really pleasing that he put so much loveliness into a short, cohesive book. Shorter books lack in ways sometimes, but this one does not.

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  5. I can't wait to read this!! Ahhh, I'm impatient! :)

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  6. I read the first story in The Last Girlfriend and really loved it. The only problem is that it's on my Nook and I don't read on that as well as I do in print. I will get back to it though!

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    1. Cool! And since you're not as big of a Nook reader, it's good that the book is short! :)

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  7. Perfect books do exist! Far and few between, but nothing quite compares to finding one...

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  8. A perfect book! Nice :) I like the cover of this book. I sure will look out for this one.

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    1. It's amazingness. Hope you love it!

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  9. YES. PERFECT. That is all.

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  10. Definitely a must read. It's an awesome book. Now to read more by this author so many of you love!

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    1. Yay! I hope you like his other books, Wendy.

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  11. I really need to put both of these on my list of 'to read' books! They sound so good.

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    1. Sooo goood! I hope you like them when you get around to them. :D

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  12. Look at all the new readers you've won over! A great review for a book that's not easy to talk about without turning into a pile of mush.

    I love how tiny The Last Girlfriend on Earth is, I can't wait to read it :)

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    1. Woohoo! Mission accomplished! ;) It really isn't easy to talk about without mushiness and gushiness. I figured keeping it short and sweet was the ticket. lol

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  13. I've only read one book by Simon (Love Begins in Winter) and while I loved his exquisite writing, I didn't fall in love with the book. Perhaps it's time to give him another chance.

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    1. And that is the only one I haven't read! I like knowing I have at least one book of his stashed away for a rainy day. I hope you decide to give this one a go. I really think you'd enjoy the structure of this one.

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  14. So now I'm embarrassed to say it, but I've actually never read Simon Van Booy before! I must, clearly. Like, ASAP.

    Also, I was just thinking that it might be cool to do video reviews of books! How are those working out for you?

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  15. I have heard so many positive reviews for this one. I know I need to read it. Soon.

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