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The Stars at Oktober Bend

I found 'The Stars at Oktober Bend' to contain quite a powerful message, hidden in Alice's moving narrative. The way her sections read at first were slightly off-putting but after you adjust to it, you see a beautiful image of a broken girl, one who writes brilliant poetry yet who is unable to voice her thoughts through speech.
I will admit, sometimes I yearned to get to Manny's part of the story, just to be able to follow the story easily without having to connect long-distanced dots to each other, and also to get someone else's view. That's just how I felt though- sometimes I didn't want to concentrate solely on the book, sometimes I want to speculate, and not just to understand.
On Manny, I feel like he wasn't fleshed out enough; it was just the fact that Alice had disproportionately more time talking than him. I was beginning to get a look at his portrait by the end, but only part of it. His 'boy-soldier' background was heart-breaking, but I just couldn't empathise enough with him.
Generally, this was an extremely emotional ride, yet uplifting too.

Posted on: 20th March 2017 at 08:32 pm

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