Everything Beautiful Began After: A Novel

Everything Beautiful Began After: A Novel

by Simon Van Booy
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Everything Beautiful Began After 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books where you either love it or hate it; understand it or confused by it. It's a story about three lost people who meet in Athens one summer; a summer that molds their future. Although, beautifully written, I could not get into it as I become confused and then disinterested. But I do say give it a try since Simon Van Booy is a gifted author.
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TalleyRoss More than 1 year ago
 Everything Beautiful Began After" was probably one of the most interestingly written books I have ever read. I chose this book from the Bookbub website mostly because I thought it had an interesting title. The title was indicative of the writing style. Van Booy uses wonderful imagery and clever construction of his story of three lonely people who meet on the streets of Athens, Greece and create enduring love and friendship. The POV changes in the story, while somewhat jarring, are used to help create tension and emotion. They were used in a manner I had never seen before. But while I liked and appreciated the style of the book, when you strip away the beautiful imagery and words, you are left with just a shell of a story. By the end, I felt let down that more wasn't accomplished in 300 pages. Essentially the bulk of the story happens in the first third of the book - leaving the rest feeling void and repetitious. Once you have read the story, you realize that Van Booy may have intended that reaction all along. But to me, that intention flies in the face of the title. If what was beautiful truly began after, then Van Booy didn't spend enough time on the beautiful and I was left feeling a bit cheated. If you love language and beautiful metaphors, and you are looking only for that, you would love this book.
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KTNorman More than 1 year ago
Picked this book up while traveling in paris. Couldn't put it down! The story was beautiful!!
LunaPrat More than 1 year ago
A great read for sure
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thenightwriterSB More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Everything Beautiful Began After after having just read the Prologue and the rest of the book did not disappoint. Simon Van Booy's beautiful poetic language is stunning and his descriptions require the reader to pause and take a deep breath to take them in. The characters are so well developed that one cannot help but love and care deeply for them. It is fascinating to watch as they argue over the existence of fate while we quietly witness fate take its toll on each of them. There is a sense of unpredictability, an unknowing that keeps the pages turning. Van Booy's use of different points of view also adds depth to this novel. It was a genius way to create various space and distance between the reader and the characters. The cover and deckle-edged paper provides the perfect package for such a beautiful and tragic love story. The ending felt a bit rushed to me and things seemed to be tied up a little too perfectly in the end. This may be that I just didn't want the book to end. I was invested in these characters and wanted to spend more time with them. However, at over 400 pages, I understand Van Booy had to end the book at some point. Maybe he will write a sequel! If you want to be swept away into a beautiful love story with writing that literally takes you there as a silent witness to the unfolding lives of the characters, this book is definitely for you. I wanted to continue inside the world Van Booy created with this novel so much that I actually got up in the middle of the night, unable to sleep because I couldn't stop thinking about it, and continued reading until it was finished.
LAURIE SCHWARTZ More than 1 year ago
A lovely, beautifully written book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago