the ten thousand doors
Book Review

Book Review: Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

General Review: 5 MINDBLOWING 🌟

Some books you love, some you savor, and others you simply cannot book down. But what happens when there comes along a story you can’t put down with a prose so rich, you want to savor every word? Well, these are the books you inhale and TTDJ, arkadaşlar, is exactly that.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet because one, I don’t want to describe the plot (I don’t think I can either! One must read this masterpiece to comprehend it.) and two because if I started, I won’t be able to stop and, trust me, nobody wants that. 🤣

This is little historical fiction/magical realism gem is magic and mayhem and adventure and history, interwoven into a love story that lasts beyond ages, and through worlds. In the writer’s own words:

“Every story is a love story if you catch it at the right moment.”

Knitted beautifully into the narrative are conversations about class, race, priviledge, imperialism and colonization. Thus, some parts of the protagonists journey are really hard hitting, especially given the present political climate. Holding together these complicated narratives and subplots is, of course, the majestically mesmerizing prose:

“Sentences may alter the weather, and poems might tear down walls. Stories may change the world.”

This book made me laugh, it made me sad and angry. It made me look at a wall and sigh, and made me cry my heart out until 4 AM last night. And that’s just the last five chapters. If you haven’t read this already, please, I plead you, do so at your earliest. As for me, I can safely say this one’s going into my Annual Reads pile. Thank you, dear author, for giving us this gem. I cannot vex enough poetics for what this book did to me. ❤️

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