From the edge of my sit to the verge of tears, Paul Pen took me from the extraordinary but also petrifying story of a flower bed in the middle of the desert. An incredible story of anti-heroes who live happy lives in the aridness of their actions and sins. Written to be read without stopping, Pen adventures in a foreign and unknown land of uncertainty dyed with the shades of naiveness, love, redemption, and hope. – Inkish Kingdoms
Okay, so this is the second time writing a review because my internet decided to fail on me and I lost the previous review… so… here I go again.
I will review or talk about the characters of this book and also one topic that is recurrent.
First, I find Iris to be an obnoxious and delusional character. She is so needy, but I will adjudicate such behavior and personality for her isolation from the rest of society. She, at some point, reminds me of Catherine from Northanger Abbey as she believes herself to be a Victorian heroine and builts a whole story in her head. I could have found her complex way of speaking lovely since Victorian literature is one of the best of all times, but Iris was trying so hard. I price Pen for creating such a great character! Being able to generate such feelings toward a fictitious character is worth awarding!
On the other hand, we have Melissa. She was such a so mature and a dynamic character that moved from isolation and immaturity to adulthood. She was, nonetheless, forced by the truth and reality to go through one of the greatest changes that I have seen in a character in a long time. I admire Pen’s decision to adjudicate so much humanity and mercifulness to one small and complex character. Children are usually taken for granted and are underestimated by adults, and I believe is one of the main reasons why Melissa had such a staring role.
Paul Pen has immersed and dealt with difficult topics in his other novels, and the topic of love is a recurrent one. He is not, however, narrating stories of perfect and conventional love, but he is dealing with love from an obsessive way between parents and siblings, and the purity of love that only a kid could feel. I mentioned on my GoodReads updates that it was really hard for me to decide who are the bad ones and the good ones, and I came to the conclusion that we all are the good ones in our story since for us all our actions have a bigger almost divine justification.
Pen’s style and narration are amazing. The book was written in a way to make people read it and finish it in one sit. This book is so well thought that the time it takes for the conflict, climax, and resolution is around 4 days. The book does not have chapters, so if you are one of those who reads and says “just one more chapter”, you will finish it in hours! I totally recommend you this and any other of Pen’s books, and if I were you, I will take advantage of Desert Flowers since it is on sale $1.99 on Amazon.com!
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