2 out of 4 stars
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Life after Life by Boyko Ovcharov isn’t so much a book, as a short story describing the journey of life through transformations that have taken place and somewhat philosophical musings that have been written down, giving us access to authors inner reflections about his feelings, general family dynamics and achievements.
The book consists of the following seven chapters: The Mother, The (Grand)Dad, Education, Childhood Dreams, Career, Love and The Way Forward. Each chapter is only a few pages long and written on the subjects aptly mentioned in the name. The writing style is very poetic and overall tone aims to be positive and light.
The author seems to be a nice person with a gentle soul who has experienced and internalized the loss of his mother at an early age. He keeps pointing out that he is very intelligent, and that this quality has been always unappreciated by his father and other relatives and acquaintances. I think this might be one of the reasons he seems to need constant external affirmation from the reader about his life views and values.
His biggest dream is to become a writer and I admire his tenacity to achieve this dream. As this short story gives a vague outline of a book, then maybe he could take this as a starting place and really work on giving a more precise account of his life with more attention to details and with an established proper storyline.
I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars because as a reader whose first language isn’t English, even I could tell that the sentence structure and grammar need a helping hand from a professional editor. This book needs to evolve and grow a bit more, but I think to have a true passion for writing is an excellent starting point for this author and anything is possible if you want it enough. Like I said before, the bones of the story are there, now they need some flesh on them.
I recommend this book to those who feel the same aspiration as the author does, to become a writer or for those who feel misunderstood because they value intelligence and education more than monetary accomplishments and displays of visible wealth. This is a short reading and it doesn’t take the reader very long time to finish it, so if you want to read something quick that has somewhat philosophical content, then this is for you.
Life after Life
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