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The Moonflower Vine

Thursday, 4 February 2016

The Moonflower Vine, Jetta Carleton

Some books can change your life. I believe it. And The Moonflower Vine is one of those books. Not a crazy story, no amazing turn in the history, just life and her lot of beauty and ugliness. Jetta Carleton tels us the story of a family in the early 20th century, living in a farm in the Missouri, the story of Callie, Matthew and their four daughters. Every chapter of the book tells the personal story of one of them, speaking with their proper voice one important moment in their life, a moment which changed life of every member of the family. Impossible loves, running away, cheating, deceptions, mistakes, death, happiness, and beauty of everyday life and nature. This author, of that unique novel, helps us traveling in a world at the same time real and marvelous. The incredible fluidity of the narration will make you read the book faster than you could have thought and pleasure will always be present, in every line you will read. Banal mixed destinies of a normal family, to read that novel will actually be like reading the most beautiful poetry. Jetta Carleton tells us about nature, life on the countryside, loves which come and go, but most of all about the indestructible strings of a family broken by life. Why "The Moonflower Vine"? Simply because it is there, around those moon flowers, that family gathers, united for the better and the worth, while those flowers bloom. The beauty of nature is stronger than the fleeting ugliness of life. This book will make you cry, then make you smile the page after with a mesmerizing facility. You will discover that even if life seems simple, beauty is everywhere, in nature, but also in everyone of us. You will learn that forgiveness and regrets are part of everyday, but that sometimes you have ti forget them just to remember how lucky we are to be a part of the spectacle of life, simply by taking time to watch the bloom of the moonflowers. 

"Suddenly it seemed to me that I looked back from a great distance on that smile and saw it all again - the smile and the day, the whole sunny, sad, funny, wonderful day and all the days that we had spent here together. What was I going to do when such days came no more? There could not be many; for we were a family growing old. And how would I learn to live without these people? I who needed them so little that I could stay away all year - what should I do without them?"

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