Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Purple, Silver, Olive, Orange by Helen Smith

Purple, Silver, Olive, Orange by Helen Smith
Published by Tyger Books in December 2014.

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How I got this book:
Took advantage of free Amazon download offer

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An entertaining short story set in a futuristic England, Purple, Silver, Olive, Orange is a bite-sized introduction to Helen Smith’s writing.
Sarah wanted a sensitive, poetic, romantic boyfriend who would bring her flowers. Ryan ticks all the boxes. So why isn’t Sarah happy?

The story was first told as a theatrical play and I can see how it would work just as well on stage. Smith doesn't give extensive background to her characters so this snapshot view of Sarah and Ryan allows for imaginative interpretation of their situation. Definitely set in a future society, but not necessarily so far from today, we see the results of genetic matchmaking. If we could really tick a dozen boxes and be allocated your perfect partner, would we actually appreciate the person we got? At just fifty pages Purple, Silver, Olive, Orange is a quick read, but one which I found provoked disproportionate levels of thought about romance, relationships and expectations. It's themes are deceptively deep considering the apparent simplicity and brevity of the tale. Perhaps this would be a good book club suggestion?

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  1. I swear, every time I come on here I find a book that'll never cross my path otherwise. :D And that's a good thing. It's interesting to see what else I'm missing.