“If you're frightened of damaging yourself, you increase the risk of doing just that. Consider the tightrope walker. Do you think he spares any thought for falling while he's walking the rope? No, he accepts the risk, and enjoys the thrill of braving the danger. If you spend your whole life being careful not to break anything, you'll get terribly bored, you know...”
一 Mathias Malzieu (@mathiasdionysos); La Mécanique du cœur / The Boy with the Cuckoo-clock Heart
Reading La Mécanique du cœur has been one of those times when you mournfully think: it's not you, darling, it's me. Albeit appreciative of its soft-spoken, lyrical writing wholly suitable for its themes of Passion that leaves the lover broken and still wanting; the first-person narrative of the book, with the main character's being starstruck in love and absence of any form of character development, is just not for me. It ineludibly reminded me of Romeo and Juliet, and just like in that case, I can't bring myself to cheer for a love that cuts so deep it pushes the parts involved to impulsiveness... and yet is based on such superficial foundations. If you're a romantic in the most sentimental sense, you'll probably find the read more moving than my rational heart ever could.
What I did appreciate was the locations: a snowflakes covered Edinburgh, a brightly coloured circus in Granada, the diversity in the streets of Paris.
After watching the animated movie adaptation I can add: kudos to the soundtrack, the talented voice actors and the colour palette which are very close to how I had imagined while reading the novel.