Friday, 6 July 2018

Book Review: the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur

From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Timesbestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring 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: ****

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1 comment

  1. I’ll check out milk and honey first. Thanks for your thoughts.


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