Book Review: Under The Shade Of The Walnut Tree By Ivan Radev

This is a romantic short story about two people who fall deeply for each other, without ever seeing one another. Separated by a lonely tree on the road, the two of them talk about the simple things in life without bothering with the limitations imposed by the time we live in. They debate about the important stuff–the stars, the flowers, each other–all the things that make life beautiful. There is nothing complicated–just one constant niceness. With just a speck of unbothered philosophy, heartwarming and filled with naive positivism, this dialogue-based tale is a nice little escape from reality for those wishing to get their daily dose of smiling.

51J3j4A5VpL._AA160_This no chapter book was okay. Since it was mostly dialogue between a girl and boy, it felt like a screenplay. All they did was smile, laugh, and stand. Since they were too shy, they both stood on opposite sides of the tree. So the entire time they never knew what the other looked like.

I was confused because I didn’t know if it was a children’s book or not. It never stated if they were kids, teens, or adults. There were many exclamation points (one at the end of every other sentence it seemed), which seemed like they were shouting instead of being shy and timid. The conversation kept repeating itself because of their flirting technique. It seemed like everything just kept going around in circles instead of progressing (just my opinion).

My favorite line: “Silence is fine. It is easy to find people with whom you can talk, but it is much harder to find somebody who enjoys staying together in silence.” I did like that they both agreed to just be friends because it would be romantic, yet not complicated. He had to return back to the city (never stated why) but promised to return. The very last sentence was cute. Makes me wonder what they look like.

If you think you’d like this quirky and artistic story, then give it a try.

For more information on the author or book:

  • Email: Ivanrdv(AT)gmail(DOT)com
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Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby


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