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The Stars at Oktober Bend

'The Stars at Oktober Bend' is a truly unique and different novel written by Glenda Millard. It explains the hardships of two similar characters, Manny and Alice, and how they cope with day to day life. I get the impression that Alice struggles to express her inner feelings and her opinion. Therefore, many of her feelings and emotions are described in poems with a deeper meaning. The way in which Alice's character is portrayed is, in my opinion, is clever and gentle. On the other hand, I didn't understand her biggest passion until quite late on in the book. The author described her passion as 'flying' hooks which I did not grasp for quite a while.
Alice struggles to speak as a result of tragedy that occurred when she was twelve years old. Millard unveiled the true catastrophe that Alice suffered from and that made her life so enduring and difficult.
Manny also shares some of the bad experiences and so the relationship between them is perfect and entwined. Manny's consideration and empathy for Alice is truly beautiful and sensational.
In a nutshell, I think this book was a divine romance infused with a devilish and uncanny sense.
However, I do not like the way in which the author introduces Manny to Alice. I feel that the silhouette of Alice should not be sufficient to grasp Manny's heart. It feels forced and unnatural.

Posted on: 19th June 2017 at 10:41 am

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