“Pieces of Time” by Euphonos Aus is a love story. The protagonist, 27 year old Linda Robson, “likes love the classic way and yearns to meet her true love.” (end of quote) The novella is set in the early 90’s in the fictional town of Gladstone, a small town known for artwork and craft exhibitions. The narrative style is attention-grabbing. Readers will encounter amusing linguistic choices.
As a teacher of English, and a language learner myself, it made me think of my use of German and Spanish as I was learning to express myself in those languages. Although amusing, my meanings would always be understandable. And of course, love is a universal language, understood by all who encounter it. This is the case also with “Pieces of Time”. This is a novel that expresses the universal hope of all human beings to love and be loved perfectly.
Most of us lose that illusion early on in life, others remain its captive for a lifetime. Linda Robson has high hopes she will be loved by the man whom Fate has destined for her. This is the intriguing aspect that allows readers to relate to Linda, to see life through her eyes and understand it through her unconventional linguistic choices. Indeed, it is the imperfection evident in her use of language that acts as a metaphor, for me, that true love is not about perfection itself, but rather, the perfect ability to love and be loved in spite of our non-perfect selves.
This is an enjoyable book that anybody who believes in the power of love will be happy to read, from page first to page last. With love for my wife who accepts my unconventional expressions of love, I highly recommend this book.
Reviewed by Thomas Jerome Baker
Author of How to Coach a Debate Team (Volume 1)
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