I had the opportunity to read a beautiful collection of short stories by Vatsal Surti called On Love and I devoured it in under an hour. I have several titles on my to-read list, but I was craving something short and sweet (literally) for an afternoon break on my hammock in the warm fall breeze, and this little book hit the spot.
"You are a fate that was brought to me through chance, and I made designs on you."
There are so many quotable lines in the book it would be plagiarism if I listed them all. Not just quotable, but the kind of quotes you want to tattoo on your forearm or paint on a slab of barn wood and hang above your mantel. The first story reads with such a cinematic flair that I could literally picture the scenes, the shots, the director motioning to the DP to keep rolling just for another few moments, to really capture the air between the two characters.
"So overwhelmed with life, so overwhelmed that trying to know you, I end up knowing myself."
I appreciated the variety in the length of stories, and although it falls into the "Love & Erotica" category on Amazon, On Love retains an overall cleanliness, free of graphic sex and language but not failing to capture every element of love. I will say this style of staccato, poetic writing with fleeting glimpses into each story might not be for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you're looking for a captivating read that draws you in without taking up too much of your time, On Love is for you. Highly recommended.
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