Book Review: The Universe of Us by Lang Leav
This is a self-written review for The Universe of Us by Lang Leav.
The Universe of Us is generally dedicated to Michael Faudet. The readers will know who he is in Lang's life just by having the first ten pages of the manuscript.
Lang Leav, the author, constructed thoughts in a way that made me turn the pages all the more. The words were charismatic, well lit.
This book seemed to let me sit an inch beside the rotating planets, stars as the chandelier. It wasn’t much frigid because of the warmth of the sun—and of her words...
Here are my insights into some of my favorite excerpts from the book:
“Most people want to save the entire world. It’s a lovely thought, and I’m not saying that it’s not a noble pursuit—but it’s impossible to save everyone. You just have to pick your little corner of the world and focus your energy there. That’s the only way you will ever make a difference.” —Conversations, Page 43
It personally relates to me, because I consider my writing corner, the blogsite that I created in 2018 along with the books that I'm writing, to be the crib of focus in building up my own space in the world of literature and creative writing to inspire myself, the people around me, and the world.
She won’t let anyone take it away from her. It is her rocket fuel and finally, she is going places. She can feel it down to her very core—this is her time. —Her Time, Page 63
This excerpt from her piece “Her Time,” would surely put some glint in the eyes of those who read it. And whatever goals the readers may have would surely be realized after reading these lines.
I loved you once and now I must spend my whole life explaining why —Once, Page 99
This piece of her illustrates how love is infinite, that it could literally take a lifetime listing all its wonder and universality.
And I thought if the artist had painted just one brushstroke less, he could have told an entirely different story. If he began with a smear of red instead of blue, it could have been a chapter instead of an era. —Blue, Page 121
I agree on this, artists and enthusiasts are detailed in a textured rhythm of scribbled illustrations; the balance and mix of ideas are included in the formula. The same thing applies with creative writing, just a piece of a missing or added word would narrate a different story. This is the written piece of her that I wouldn’t get tired of reading, it definitely has a soul and substance—not a roll of dice.
And all have conspired to keep it from reach. —Solace, Page 155
This holds true with our hopes that rest in promising fate—that the fulfillment of our dreams is nearer than it was yesterday. These are my fountain of thoughts and reactions toward this book. I hope I expressed well my deep admiration upon her written works through this book review. In fact, she’s one of my inspirations in writing my first book. I hope she reads this review and gives her thoughts and reactions to it; it would mean the universe to me.
He and I collided like two predestined stars and in that brief moment I felt what it was like to be immortal. —Predestined Stars, Page 199
This piece can also be found at the back cover of the book. This one is undeniably captivating, one of my favorite written pieces of her.
Considering the technical side, for me, it would be better if the back of every page was occupied with texts, since each of them was left blank. I think, anyone who admires her would definitely want to see the back pages filled with more of her thoughts, but of course, it still depends on her manuscript format preference. On the other note, the phrasing and narration, as well as the flow of dialogues were compelling. I rate this book four out of four stars.
This book will be mostly praised and appreciated by littérateurs, lyricists, diarists, linguists, and the like.