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This immediately became one of my favourite books. Top Shelf.
The language is pure poetry and balanced with harsh pictures of reality painted by a graceful hand that knows exactly what they're doing. The juxtaposition between brutality, in various forms, and graceful storytelling with beautiful prose is perfection.
I didn't think of this novel as a "coming of age" story but I suppose it is, albeit a beautifully unconventional one. The pangs of youth permeate and then reverberate into adulthood where we can pine for those relics of simpler, more innocent times.
The Virgin Suicides is a Slice of Life tragedy that feels light and airy amongst the crushing weight of Life - flower petals picked up in the calm breeze meeting a torrential storm. These contrasts don't fight each other but play well together, like a perfectly orchestrated mural of oil and water on the surface of an infinity pool depicting not only the pure pain of puberty but also the hurt of leaving it behind.
Read. This. Book.
"...The tortures... pointed to a simple reasoned refusal to accept the world as it was..." 🖤 *Spoilers halfway through*. (REVIEW - WEEK 12, YEAR 4)
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