The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy

One enthralling story intertwines with other emotional stories of different characters: a German infantryman with deformed face; a caretaker at a retirement home for actors, the American newlyweds separated by war; a lonely British film director; a blind museum curator; a lost child on the brink of starvation. Seemingly small but a single act of selflessness in a brief second by various characters has great impact on the multitude.

Lovely story with Simon’s aesthetic writing will take you across several places in different time. This is my third book of Simon and I had read The Secret Lives of People in Love and Tales of Accidental Genius. I shall pick up his books again soon.

I’ve always envied of Simon’s articulateness in simple proses. What you might a beauty in minimalism writing. I love the following quote from the book. 

“I think people would be happier if they admitted things more often. In a sense we are all prisoners of some memory, or fear, or disappointment – we are all defined by something we can’t change.”

— The Illusion of Separateness, Simon Van Booy

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