I had trepidations at first. What if I hate this book? Will I be shunned? I admit it wasn't love at first sight. When I first began reading Everything Beautiful Began After, I wasn't wild about it. The writing style takes some getting used to. I had to read several paragraphs more than twice to grasp what he was saying. Soon though, I got the hang of it and I was falling.
Everything Beautiful Began After is about falling too. Three expats living in Athens find themselves falling in love and forming friendships with each other. Both Henry and George fall in love with Rebecca but she only loves one of them. She risks breaking the heart of the other man. They all need the friendship of each other since they are broken people with damaged childhoods.
"For the lost souls of this world, Athens is a place not to find themselves, but to find others like them."Things were going along swimmingly, to the point I thought they were obnoxiously happy, when an event occurs that turns everything upside down. That really sealed it for me. I love when something unexpected happens in a book and makes me rethink everything that I've just read. The narration changes at this point to second person which, while a bit disconcerting, fits the tone of the book at this point perfectly. The reader is the protagonist, not just reading what the protagonist feels.
I loved the topsy-turvy plot and the topsy-turvy narration. And the story itself is beautiful. It's a story of loss and grieving and about finding your way out of it. It's also about fate and being at the right place at just the right time. I want to read it again, right now, just to read all that I've missed the first time. Yeah, it's that kind of book.
So, I must join the Simon Van Booy fan club now.
I need his other books soon. Highly recommended!