‘The World Laughs in Flowers’ by Simon Van Booy

Title: ‘The World Laughs in Flowers’ by Simon Van Booy
Collection/Anthology?: The Secret Lives of People in Love (Beautiful Books)
Date Read: 26 August 2010
Briefly: Heading out on a plane to attend the wedding of ex partner, the narrator reminisces on the time when he regretfully turned away from the relationship, with his reasoning severely hindered by a drinking problem.
Afterthoughts: Again, a hugely powerful and soul-searching tale from Van Booy; and one which spans continents. Van Booy notes in a section at the end of the collection, that this story would never have been written if he had not harvested inspiration from a discarded ticket he happened across one day. The story was born after Van Booy studied the ticket and imagined who could have made a journey such as the one shown on the ticket. Of course Van Booy’s imagination is way more advanced than most people’s are. So you can no doubt work out for yourself that ‘The World Laughs in Flowers’ is something much more than a straightforward journey from A to B.

Rating: ★★★★☆

This story was read as part of a review of Simon Van Booy’s collection, The Secret Lives of People in Love. If you want to find out more about this collection then I invite you to either swing by my ‘forethoughts’ post, or to visit the product page on the publisher’s website; The Secret Lives of People in Love is published in the UK by Beautiful Books, and in the US by Harper Perennial.

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