Book Review: The Thorn and the Blossom – Theodora Goss

Title: The Thorn and the Blossom: A Two-Sided Love Story
Author: Theodora Goss
ISBN: 9781594745515
Pages: 82
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Evelyn Morgan is visiting Cornwall when she meets Brendan Thorne in a small village bookstore.  They immediately forge a connection that spans many years and different continents in this unexpected love story.

Review:

The Thorn and the Blossom is an incredibly unique book – it’s actually a two-sided novel.  It comes in a beautiful case, and when you slip it out, it has a front and back cover like any other book.  However, the binding is what makes this book so different.  It’s an accordion format, with Evelyn’s story printed on one side and Brendan’s printed on the other.  Readers can choose whose tale to start with, as each narrative is a version of the same story.  I love thoughtfully constructed books, so this was a real treat for me.  Admittedly the book isn’t the easiest to hold, but it’s not a long read, so it works well.

The plot of The Thorn and the Blossom is a bit thin, but it was a treat for me.  Evelyn and Brendan are both medieval scholars studying The Book of the Green Knight, a variation on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which I recently read.  I loved this perfect timing.  While it’s not necessary to be familiar with the Green Knight legend prior to reading this book, it gives the book an added depth and dimension for those who are.  It’s a short book, so it will definitely keep your attention, but an intricate, plot-driven read it is not.  Instead, it’s a simple and sweet novel.

Overall, The Thorn and the Blossom was a real treat, something different than the traditional books one usually reads.  It’s not a book I’d choose to read electronically, as the charm of the book is in its unique construction.  Without that, I think readers would be left wanting.  With it, it’s a great choice for a gift for the book lover in your life.

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Comments

  1. What a clever idea for a booik, two stories. And I loved Gawain and the Green Knight!Nice review!

  2. What a clever idea for a booik, two stories. And I loved Gawain and the Green Knight!Nice review!

  3. it should be a real treat for those bibliophiles.. but being in India, makes these imported books really expensive.. they are usually in thousands.. but some are worth buying..

  4. it should be a real treat for those bibliophiles.. but being in India, makes these imported books really expensive.. they are usually in thousands.. but some are worth buying..

  5. I love the sound of it. Very clever. Thanks for reviewing it as I hadn’t heard about it before today.

  6. I love the sound of it. Very clever. Thanks for reviewing it as I hadn’t heard about it before today.

  7. I was afraid the attraction to this book was the gimmick, but it sounds like it’s well worth reading!

  8. I was afraid the attraction to this book was the gimmick, but it sounds like it’s well worth reading!

  9. I read a little about this book and its construction, and was intrigued. I am even more curious now that you’ve reviewed it and given it the thumbs up! It does sound like a unique way to tell the story, and I really want to hold this one in my hand and flip through both sides of the story. Great review today! You’ve made me really excited about this one!

  10. I read a little about this book and its construction, and was intrigued. I am even more curious now that you’ve reviewed it and given it the thumbs up! It does sound like a unique way to tell the story, and I really want to hold this one in my hand and flip through both sides of the story. Great review today! You’ve made me really excited about this one!

  11. I am looking forward to reading this. I pre-ordered it, but that seems to mean something different to the bookstore than to me…

  12. I am looking forward to reading this. I pre-ordered it, but that seems to mean something different to the bookstore than to me…

  13. I love the cover, it sounds like such an interesting read.

  14. I love the cover, it sounds like such an interesting read.

  15. I like the story of this book very much.

  16. I like the story of this book very much.

  17. This sounds cool — even if only for the sake of novelty, I think I will need to read it.

  18. This sounds cool — even if only for the sake of novelty, I think I will need to read it.

  19. I like the sound of he construction. I’m going to have to find this one and have a look!

  20. I like the sound of he construction. I’m going to have to find this one and have a look!

  21. I am so glad that this book is short because it definitely would have been awkward to hold for very long! I was wondering how this would interact with your reading of Sir Gawain so I’m glad you included your thoughts on that too. Thanks for another perspective!

  22. I am so glad that this book is short because it definitely would have been awkward to hold for very long! I was wondering how this would interact with your reading of Sir Gawain so I’m glad you included your thoughts on that too. Thanks for another perspective!

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