A Single Rose; Muriel Barbery
Europa - 9/28/2021
In A Single Rose, we meet Rose, a 40 year old French woman and botanist. She's a woman who never knew her Japanese father. Rose is not a happy woman, her mother has long suffered from depression and Rose has never seemed to know what love is all about. Now after a phone call from a lawyer, Rose finds herself headed to Kyoto for a reading of the last will of her now late father, Haru, a former art dealer. Needless to say Rose is a little more than apprehensive about the whole ordeal. She has been advised that her father's assistant, Paul, a widower, will meet her and guide her around.
Once in Japan she learns that her father has left a specific itinerary of things to do and places to visit before the reading of the will. There are long walks, lush gardens to be seen, temples to visit, Zen gardens, bars, restaurants, and so much more. There are also many people to meet, people who were important in her father's life. Through this well drawn road map which her father left behind Rose will begin to understand more about the man she never knew but, there is something more we begin to see a connection between Rose and Paul as well.
This book was roughly 160 pages and so different from any of the other books I've read by this author. I was happy I tried it but, it's not a book that every reader will like. The story is dripping with imagery throughout, most of the details are lush and painted a lovely picture as I read but, I found the writing style a bit too flowery, too overdone and too poetic for my taste. It's the kind of story that can overwhelm the senses at times - at least that happened with me.
Rating - 3.5/5 stars
An eGalley of this book was provided at no cost to me by Europa Editions and Edelweiss in exchange for my unbiased review.