on Feb. 5, 2012 :
Even if I love Susan Wells Bennett’s more humoristic novels (such as her really delicious Monkey series), I like even better her other works, such as Thief of Todays and Tomorrows and Forsaking the Garden. They have a depth, a richness that never ceases to amaze me and that unerringly manages to make a captive audience out of me till the last page.
When I started reading “Forsaking the Garden” I did not know exactly what to expect, and the more I got into the story, the more it intrigued me. As usual, I won’t go into details about the plot, because I think this story, like many others, is a little gem each of us has to discover by him or herself… no spoiling, then!
What I feel I can safely say, however, is that this is a book with a very original plot, masterly written as one could expect from Susan, and which affords many different layers of reading and many opportunities for some reflection.
Is it better to live a life totally severed from the real, modern world, or to go into this world of ours and embrace it with all the good and the evil it has to offer?
And, once we have “forsaken the garden”, so to speak, is it possible to get back and find the lost innocence again?
Forsaking the Garden offers not only an intriguing, hooking plot which will not allow the reader to put the book down till the last page, but also allows us to look through virgin, totally unknowing eyes (those of Irene, the fourteen year old main character) at the world we live in, at our beliefs and at all the contradictions we take so much for granted, but that would smack of hypocrisy to those virgin eyes.
A book to be read, devoured, cherished and that will give the reader a lot of very good food for thought.
Definitely, a five star reading!
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)