An enchanting modern-day fable

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BOOK REVIEW

The Missing Rose

Serdar Ozkan

Random House

 

THE Missing Rose is an enchanting and well-written contemporary fable by Turkish-born novelist Serdar Ozkan.

The tale is about a youthful, gifted and fine-looking woman, Diana, who is grieving the loss of her mother. She reads a letter her mum wrote to her preceding her death and discovers that she has a long-lost twin sister.

This sets her off on a mystical journey to Turkey where she meets an eccentric elderly woman who wants to teach her the ancient art of conversing with roses.

This is a bequest that only a few manage to achieve as one must completely discard one’s previous nature to be capable of accomplishing the undertaking.

Diana realises that her sibling is the complete opposite of her and that her sister can commune with roses. Whereas she has been schooled and is lucid and consistent, her sister believes in pursuing her dreams no matter how unreasonable it seems.

There is an astounding twist at the end of the tale and I think this would make an exceptional motion picture. The story is set in Brazil and Turkey, and has fascinating characters — including a clairvoyant vagabond and a good-looking youthful artist. The roses are named after ancient gods, goddesses and philosophers, and each rose has its own persona.

Ozkan’s novel has been equated to the work of Paulo Coelho. So if you are an admirer of Coelho, then you are obliged to read this yarn. If you are a romantic who believes in love, beauty and magic, then you should read this as well.

The cynic in me began to amble past rose bushes with curiosity because fables like this make you yearn to believe that anything is probable, and in that sagacity Ozkan has fashioned an exquisite allegory.

 

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