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Mood Indigo

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Staff Review: "Mood Indigo" by Boris Vian


Originally published in 1947, this book was translated into English and released with the opening of the new film version. I had never read this classic but I was intrigued. Touted as a love story gone tragic, it is indeed that and so much more. Vian's world invites you in with its soft edges, beautiful scenery, and mood inspired ambiance. We can't help but fall in love with the world of youth, freedom, and the crazy mixture of jazz and science fiction. We want to hang out with the characters who are embracing their youthful extravagance, wallow in luxury, and throw our cares to the wind. But this carefree state of being can't last forever. It begins to crumble when Colin and Chloe fall in love and get married. Chloe falls ill on their honeymoon with a water-lily on the lung, and the only way for Colin to save her is to keep her surrounded by flowers. As his fortune dwindles, so does the hope of saving the woman he loves. This novel is so many things all wrapped into one. It is definitely worth experiencing.

Audience: adults | Genre: fiction

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