The Thorn and the Blossom By Theodora Goss [Review]
The Thorn and the Blossom is a book unlike anything that I have ever read before. In fact it was its unusual format that attracted me to it and thanks to the people at Quirk Books I got my hands on a copy.
The Thorn and the Blossom tells the story of Evelyn Morgan, a young American studying at Oxford decides to take a short holiday in the Cornish village of Clews. There while on a walk around the village she walks into Thorne & Son, a bookstore in which she meets the love of her life, Brendan Thorne. And when he hands her The Book of the Green Knight, a medieval poem, he doesn’t realize that it will change both of their lives forever.
What makes The Thorn and the Blossom so special is that it doesn’t have a spine, and that’s because it instead has a unique accordion-fold binding. Why you ask? Well because the book tells the story both from Evelyn and Brendan’s perspective. So you can not only decide which side to read first, but then all you need to do is turn the book around and start all over again. And here’s the kicker, no matter which side you read first, there will be a surprise when you read the other one.
I personally started reading Evelyn’s side first because that’s the side Goss wrote first (even though she went back and forth between the stories to make them match after that) and I guess I wanted to read the female perspective first. Now that I’ve read both side, I think I made the right choice because it was nice knowing about Evelyn when reading Brendan’s side, that said I probably would have said the same thing if I had started with Brendan.
If I’m being honest when I first read Evelyn’s side, I thought the story was ok, and by the end of it, I wondered what more the other side could bring. Well turns out it kind of gave a new meaning to what I had just read. Don’t expect some grand revelation, but there is definitely an element that ties it all together.
I had a lot of fun reading The Thorn and the Blossom, it’s really well crafted and it was a different reading experience not just in the story, but also physically in holding the book, which is like an accordion. So if you’re looking for something new and exciting and quick to read (did I mention each side is only about 40 pages long), you should definitely get yourself a copy of The Thorn and the Blossom.
I want to leave you with a video for The Thorn and the Blossom which will give you a visual idea of what the book looks like. Also be on the lookout for an interview with author Theodora Goss early next week.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars | Publisher: Quirk Books | Pages: 82 | Source: Publisher
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