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By Simon Van Booy | Comments: ( 433 ) | Date: ( Feb 29, 2020 )

On the verge of giving up anchored to dreams that never came true and to people who have long since disappeared from their lives Van Booy s characters walk the streets of these stark and beautiful stories until chance meetings with strangers force them to face responsibility for lives they thought had continued on without them.


  • Title: Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories
  • Author: Simon Van Booy
  • ISBN: 9780061661471
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Simon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy is the best selling author of seven books of fiction, and three anthologies of philosophy He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, NPR, and the BBC He enjoys building robots, model airplanes and off road vehicles which he likes to crash He has an impressive umbrella collection, a Bowler hat, and carries a green thermos of tea everywhere His books have been translated into many languages In 2013, he founded Writers for Children, a project which helps young people build confidence in their literary abilities through annual awards Raised in rural Wales and England, Simon currently lives between Brooklyn and Miami with his wife, daughter, Robot Rabbit Boy, and a fully grown sheep.



Comments Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories

  • Michael

    Another lovely collection of love-themed stories--earnest, gentle, graceful, and profound. It manages to pull this off without resorting to cliche or cheap lachrymose theatrics. (And yes, I love the word "lachrymose" and have been waiting for some excuse to weave it into a review!). I'm really warming to this author and look forward to more.


  • Saleh MoonWalker

    Onvan : Love Begins in Winter: Five Stories - Nevisande : Simon Van Booy - ISBN : 61661473 - ISBN13 : 9780061661471 - Dar 256 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2009


  • K.D. Absolutely

    The love stories that do not insult your intelligence. Sometimes off-tangent but brilliantly and artistically focused to their intention: to show how love can creep into our consciousness even when we are doing menial things like walking on a deserted wet pavements on a rainy day. These stories are magical. I do not mean mushy or you should be on your teens or 20's or 30's to be enthralled by these stories. It is more of the way Van Booy captured the scenes (whether it is winter or summer or in [...]


  • Gloria

    Do you believe in love?Whether it be in the form of two strangers who meet but have always known one another;a woman trying to make sense of her past and present;an abandoned mother and son befriended outside a Vegas casino;an Irish boy longing for his secret love;a man forgotten by life who suddenly is revived by a new role thrust upon him.I will admit to being a little cynical when it comes to love-- at least in the traditional form. I generally avoid (and often make fun of) "chick flicks," "c [...]


  • Kiwi Begs2Differ✎

    Breakdown:Love begins in winter 3 starsTiger, Tiger 1.5 starThe missing statues 3 starsThe coming and going of strangers 3.5 starsThe city of windy trees 2 starsLovely evocative language!Solitude and depression are like swimming and drowning.Every moment is the paradox of now or never.Every adult yearns for some stranger, but it is really childhood we miss. We are yearning for that which has been stolen from us by what we have become.The rain tapped gently against the window, magnifying the back [...]


  • Erik

    So maybe Van Booy appears a bit pretentious in the "About the Author" section. And maybe here and there I found a line I thought was trying much too hard to be profound in one way or another. And maybe I want to grab Van Booy by the lapels and smack him around a little for being three years younger than myself and writing the way he does. But all is easily forgiven after reading this collection of five stories.His writing was simply beautiful: in its eloquent use of metaphor, its well-timed deta [...]


  • میعاد

    وهم جدايى از اين نويسنده رو بيشتر دوست داشتم، شايدم به اين علت ِ كه من با مجموعه داستاناى كوتاه مشكل دارم!


  • Masoud

    از آن کتاب هایی که وقت خواندن شان دلت می خواهد یک مداد دست بگیری و زیر جمله ها خط بکشی؛ بعد دائم برگردی و جمله ها را بخوانی و حظ وافر ببری.


  • Caitlin

    I don't read a lot of short stories. I tend to have a fondness for huge tomes that I strengthen my arms with by dragging them around with me wherever I go (they're too hard to read in bed, though - a problem). I like short stories, but sometimes they just end too fast and I want more. There are exceptions to this - I love Hemingway's spare stories and now I'm adding Simon Van Booy to this list.At their core, these stories are about loneliness, the yearning for connection, the difficulty of makin [...]


  • Kaloyana

    Страхотно пише авторът! Заради него ще заобичам да чета разкази.Music allows us to face God on our own terms because it reaches beyond life.Actually years mean nothing. It's what's inside them.Trusting is harder than being trusted.Going back somewhere at night is almost like haunting the world after death.Grief is a country where it rains and rains but nothing grows.While lies and deception destroy love, they can also build and defend it. Love [...]


  • Patrick Duncan

    This is really more of a 3.5. And it may even wind up being upgraded at some point because I feel like these are stories I will continue to think about. My problem is that the whole time I was reading it, I couldn't decide if I liked it or if I was annoyed by it. Some of the stories felt overly precious and too much like self-conscious attempts to impart a moral lesson or greater thought. At some points it edged uncomfortably close to Alchemist territory, which I know is not a negative for every [...]


  • Elizabeth

    Breathtaking. Beautiful. Brilliant. These are the some of the words that come to mind to describe the prose of Simon Van Booy. When Simon Van Booy writes, he imprints his images upon your heart and soul. The title story, "Love Begins in Winter," is one that will live on in my heart forever. This is the third book I have read by Van Booy. I am definitely a fan and look forward to reading more from him.


  • Brandon Shire

    Wow, unexpectedly beautiful. HIGHLY recommended.


  • Samir

    I began to love this book, even though winter is far away Ironically, Bombay (Mumbai), the city I reside in, doesn't actually have an elaborate winter season. Winter here is similar to European summer. But love somehow manages to visit and leave me from time to time. Let me focus on the object of my literary love at the moment.Love begins in WinterIn the book ‘Love begins in winter’, the season is a metaphor for the state of mind of its protagonists. Love finds two strangers in the midst of [...]


  • Jessica

    It is impossible to read a book written by Simon van Booy without an arsenal of pens to underline all the beautiful sentences that he writes."I firmly believe that while lies and deception destroy love, they can also build and defend it. Love requires imagination more than experience." I'm not a huge short story reader, but I bought this collection because I loved his novel Everything Beautiful Began After so, so much. I liked these stories, too, but there was an element ofeciousness, maybe, to [...]


  • Gerald Camp

    This book took me totally by surprise. I may just have discovered a new favorite author. I picked this up from the donations pile at our library's book sale department and decided to give it a try based on the blurbs on the back. I'm not usually a short story fan, but I took this book home and read it all the way through at a single sitting. Incredible use of language--sentences and paragraphs I wanted to remember forever--and plots structured more like mini-novels than typical short stories. I [...]


  • Liza

    I loved the novel I read recently by Van Booy so I thought I would look into other books he wrote. I tried to read the first two stories in this five short story book and couldn't finish either. It just seems like he was trying to hard to be profound, around every third sentence. This book has a lot of positive reviews from others, but it's just not for me.


  • Mariel B34

    The stories in this book really make you open your mind. To think that strangers are important building blocks to your life is something many people don’t consider. The way the strangers and people in this book affected each other is something that I think is so nice, by it also saddens me to think that you may never see the stranger who changed and shaped you ever again.


  • Doroti

    …dreams are either unresolved conflicts or wish fulfilments.The only authentic memories find us - like letters addressed to someone we used to be.In my youth, all conflict was resolution—just a busier form of emptiness.Actually, years mean nothing. It’s what’s inside them.They will only ever be my parents once. They are the only parents I will ever have in the history of the universe.I think all children are disappointed with their parents if they’re lucky enough to get so close.Music [...]


  • Bitsy

    This turned out to be a wonderful collection of uplifting stories about love, forgiveness, romance, family and hope. Each short story contained a character that had either given up hope or was at a crossroads in their life and had to make a decision or take a leap of faith or sometimes just open their eyes to see the love that was all around them and in some cases had been all along. They were all written wonderfully, very literary and lyrical with wonderful twists and turns that were at once co [...]


  • Katie

    I almost wanted to give this 5 stars because it made me cry at least that many times and was just beautiful in so many places. However, there were a few moments where I felt the author was trying to hard too be profound and it just came across as uncomfortable and embarrassing. Usually those moments would make me put a book aside, but Van Booy made up for it with all these truly perfect lines.The author has this really odd writing style. The entire book feels depressing, although every story sti [...]


  • Zoe

    "Love Begins in Winter" is a touching story about the healing power of love.The beginning is simply beautiful . I wait in the shadows. My cello is already on stage. It was carved in 1723 on a Sicilian hillside where the sea is very quiet.I loved the authors writing style,and his way of taking the little specifics of character's lives by reveling slowly the significance and the hidden truth.Here’s Hannah describing her first meeting with Bruno: From my pocket I took a large stone and set it squ [...]


  • Nima

    بعضی وقتها فکر میکنم این زندگیست که ما را انتخاب میکند،در حالی که ما اینجا نشسته ایم و خیال می کنیم این ماییم که داریم کشتی را هدایت میکنیم، در صورتی که ما فقط وسیله ای هستیم برای تقسیم بندی های پیچیده ی زندگی.***این دومین کتابیست که از ون بوی میخوانم و باز هم حسابی ازش لذت بردم. [...]


  • Larry H

    Some of the most beautiful short stories I've read in a long time. This collection is not very long but each of the five stories packs an emotional wallop and has definitely stuck in my mind more than a week after finishing the book. As you can tell from the title, each of these stories has to do with love--and each approaches the subject from a different angle. I've never read anything that Simon Van Booy has written but I'm definitely going to find his other book now. If you like short stories [...]


  • Erica

    This book has five stories--one of which I completely and totally loved, one of which I thought was boring, and three of which I liked. I wish I could give this 3.5 stars though, because even though it sounds like that evens out to "liked it," there was something special about it that put it beyond that. Simon Van Booy's writing style is definitely original and takes a bit of getting used to, but it can be very very beautiful.


  • Jonathan Rothman

    Beautiful prose, somehow both poetic and spare. The stories don't attempt to function as miniature novels (which, in my experience, rarely succeeds). Instead they capture a small slice of life, connecting in an almost primal way to the pain, joy, and moments of unexpected beauty that make us human.


  • Maggie Tiojakin

    Great characters. Great settings. Great stories.


  • Emma

    i've seen short stories in every situation i was in since i began reading this collection


  • Foroogh

    "Grief is a country where it rains and rains but nothing grows. The dead live somewhere else- wearing the clothes we remember them in."


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    موسیقی برای کسانی که میخواهند توضیحش دهند,بیشتر شبیه یک معماست. موسیقی و عشق از این حیث شبیه یکدیگرندصفحه 32


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