Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop on the Blog Tour for The Spectacular Vision of Oskar Dunkelblick By Hattie Holden Edmonds and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Anna from Red Door Publishing for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – RedDoor Publishing Ltd for the review copy.
Genre: Young Adult
Release date: 08 11 2018
Price*: Kindle £N/A (GBP)/ Paperback £8.46 (GBP)
Pages: ~ 256
My rating: 8/10
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What I learned from this book: I learned that the world is the way we choose to see it.
Description of the book: Oskar is the ultimate outsider. He’s been living on the Berlin streets since he was 13. To perk himself up, he paints the misery of mankind and has become the enfant terrible of the Berlin art scene. But one day during a not-so-routine eye test he tries on a pair of glasses which blow his bleak worldview to bits and give him a glimpse of heaven. Shortly after, to Oskar’s fury, he begins to see the beauty of the world around him, to feel a connection to others and, most frightening of all, to fall in love. Will it be an easy ride? Hell no.
How this book made me feel: I didn’t know what to expect from this book, but what I found, really surprised me.
The protagonist in this book is Oskar, and the whole story is told from his perspective. He is a misery artist, which I found very amusing. I had no idea it is a thing. 😀 I really liked the protagonist’s personality, until I found out, that he is not that innocent as I thought. Oskar came to the saddest place in Germany, looking for the inspiration for his next painting, but he got sucked in into local affairs very quickly. I really liked how the author picked the characters for this book. I loved the way she portrayed the complexity of the people and how their life stories unravelled.
The narrative of this novel was very interesting to follow. We have Oskar telling his story and describing his relationships with the citizens at the present time, but at the same time, he time travels to his childhood as well as sharing an unbelievable story from his recent past. Because of this constant change in the plot, the story went pretty quickly for me. There are some parts which didn’t really make sense to me, but I liked the message behind it. I really liked the topics used in this book, such as parenting, homelessness, misery, lack of socializing, alcoholism, loneliness etc.
The setting of this book was very unusual, I loved that the story was set in Germany, and the atmosphere of this book felt like everything around is grey and colourless, and Oskar is this little sparkly gem, which makes everything better and brighter. I can not exactly describe the feeling it created. 🙂 I really liked the writing style of this book, it is very creative but at the same time quite simple and understandable. The chapters are pretty short, and the pages flew by quick. The ending rounded the story nicely and left me satisfied with the outcome.
So, to conclude, I really enjoyed this amusing book, set in a very intriguing place, and filled with very unique and complex characters, whose life stories created something unforgettable. Do give this book a try, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂
Thank you for your time! 🙂
About the author: Hattie Holden Edmonds has held down a variety of jobs ranging from junior assistant on Separates in Clements (of Watford) department store to chief plugger-in of cables in a Berlin recording studio. For ten years she was the London correspondent for the German pop magazine, Bravo, interviewing all sorts of musical luminaries from Meatloaf and Metalica to Mariah Carey.
Website – http://www.hattieholdenedmonds.com/ Twitter – @HattieHEdmonds
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