Sunday, August 13, 2017

Review by Donnavila Marie01 -- Raquel Says (Something Entirely Unexpected)" by Mois benarroch

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3 out of 4 stars

Review by Donnavila Marie01

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Raquel Says (Something Entirely Unexpected) by Mois Benarroch

Do you believe in soul mates? Do you dream of someone? Let me quote what I read about soulmate which makes sense. “I told you. You don't love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.” By L.J. Smith. Until you find the link that completes your very soul, the feeling will never go away”. Does it touch a part of your soul?

Raquel Says (Something Entirely Unexpected) by Mois Benarroch is a short story of love and sacrifice. It only contains 103 pages. The reader can finish this at one sitting. This is the second book of Benarroch that I enjoyed. Once again, the unique style of Benarroch activated billions of my brain cells. Benarroch used prose and poetry which made this story more interesting.

The author provided preliminary pages to recount the background about Mois and Raquel. How they came to know each other and what kind of relationship they have. These preliminary pages prepare the readers to grasp the issues in this complicated love story.

It has only two main characters, Mois and Raquel. Mois is a writer who is also referred to as Moisito and Moshe. Raquel who is also called Esther is also a writer. Mois describe her having brown hair and large deep eyes. Both Mois and Raquel are in their forty years of existence. They are both married but are not happy in their married life. I like how Benarroch portrayed the two characters. They seem fragile but strong. They depict characters who give high respect to the vow of marriage. In a real life situation, people facing this challenge can give up and follow the dictate of their hearts.

What I like about this piece of art is its touch of expressionism. It is not a typical love story which is a “happy ever after” or “the death of one is the death of two” ending. It is not like the story of Romeo and Juliet which is full of anguish. It has its own unique theme which holds readers until they finish the last page. What puzzles me in this story is the author's decision of using his name instead of other names.

I give this book 3 out of 4 stars. I cannot give 4 stars even if I enjoyed the story because of grammatical errors. I recommend this book to those who love prose and poetry and those who want to read unique love stories. Those are not a fan of poetry and classical style may find this story plain.

Raquel Says (Something Entirely Unexpected) 
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