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It's not for everyone, it's not a fairy tale but raw reality of the the world and the way we communicate. At first I was hesitant, I don't do deep moving books. But as I continued, I couldn't put it down. I'm not going to lie, I did skip the middle because I couldn't bare the pain that was described so beautifully. The conflict was a conflict for me. But I would go back and read it, because, I know the ending now. I feel calm. It wasn't the ending I wanted because Hirano gave me very little, but gave me enough to stop me from being left deflated. I'm glad I read this book. It opened me up emotionally in a way I never saw in myself. And if it really is a work of fiction with non fiction than whoever's lives I read about, I salute you for what you have gone through, all because of one misunderstanding. All because of pride and pain that stopped you from finding out the whys, the reasons behind the messages. I hope you are happy now, I hope that the life that had to be created in order for you to find eachother again, is the way you always imagined it to be.
Starts well. Well written. Decent plot device to begin with, but that soon wears thin. Too introspective. The author is trying (and failing) too hard to write an epic romance. Instead, it just gets tiresome. Increasingly, I found that I did not care what happened to the "beautiful people" who are the prospective couple, to the point where I got bored and gave up half way through - something I very seldom do. I could not even summon up sufficient interest to skip to the end to see what happened to the couple. This is a 100 page novella unfortunately, and unsuccessfully, strung out to 300 pages.
Quite a few world events and on-going issues were covered , consequently l was moved and had to pause for thought. I became a little irritated by the many sacrifices made but ultimately content with the subtle and graceful ending. A lot of work must have gone into the producing and translating of this wonderful book👌Prays to all concerned👏
Half way through reading this, I realised it was more a study of paradox than romance. The novel looks at the silences of a concert performance, the pain of happiness, and of course how to change the past with the present and the future. The precarity of life and love are discussed with the themes of murder, incapacity and suicide; the beauty of Bach against a backdrop of war. International identities blur as the characters travel for work and a colleague becomes a refugee. Look up and listen to the music mentioned: all the pieces are real. Imagine the films described: these are fiction. Just when you think the fate of the lovers is doomed, read on because there is a gentleness yet to be discovered.
I read a wide variety of books and even when I'm not enjoying a book I generally finish it....but this book defeated me. I got to 31% and I was so bored by the story and the verbose writing style which felt so unreal and the characters were so lacking in character that I decided life was too short. Personally i wish i had saved my money.
Reflective and poignant study of two star crossed lovers following a brief but impactful meeting. Written in the style of thoughtful and introspective streams of consciousness as they find their way through a life buffeted by chance encounters and external events. Is our fate predetermined or are we masters of our destiny? Immersive and beautifully written.
Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my ARC in return for my honest review.