Friday, 6 July 2018

Book Review: the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur

From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honouring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
must wilt
in order to bloom

Last week, I reviewed Rupi Kaur's milk and honey. Her first collection of poetry won, deservedly I think, a whole heap of praise from it's readers. And although I was worried that it had been over-hyped, and would disappoint, milk and honey has won a whole heap of praise from me too. It's gone down as one of my favourite books, of all time, and that's no small feat. As soon as I turned the last page of milk and honey, I got on Amazon and ordered the sun and her flowers, eager to read Kaur's next collection. 

Unfortunately, for me, the sun and her flowers didn't live up to the expectations I had for it after reading milk and honey. I didn't relate to it as much as I did it's predecessor. I didn't feel it as strongly. It didn't get me emotional in the same way. Overall, it was a little disappointing when comparing it to Kaur's first collection. But, separating it from that, it's still a grand collection of poetry. Kaur has a real talent for poetry, and I already can't wait to read more from her. Soon, hopefully!

Rating: ****

Have you read any of Rupi Kaur's books?

1 comment :

  1. Thanks for sharing, Aimee! I just recently finished rereading Milk and Honey, and love it too. I’m still curious about The Sun and Her Flowers, even though many people say it’s not as good. Maybe I’ll see it in a charity shop or something, and give it a go! Great review – I like your book content. :-) xx

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