Throughout this past week, Canadian bloggers have shared their thoughts on The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, the debut novel by Rita Leganski, in the Bonaventure Arrow Blog Tour; however, we love this book so much we thought that 11 posts and 5 days were simply not enough! Below, we have shared our thoughts on The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, the book that we cannot stop talking about.
Do you ever get the feeling when reading, that you’re a part of something special? That you’re holding magic in your hands? That’s the feeling I got when I first started reading The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski. I was lucky enough to read it a few months ago, and haven’t stopped raving about it since. It’s the charming story, set in New Orleans, of a little boy who doesn’t speak, and how everyone in his family deals with the mysterious death of his father. (Fact: I actually WENT to New Orleans after reading this book, one part because I wanted to see this beautiful city Leganski captured so well in her book, and one part because I wanted to see the Saints play!) Seriously, this is one of the most magical books I’ve read in a long time and there’s a permanent place in my heart for little Bonaventure. Take a peek inside the book here, I hope you feel the magic too.
I read a lot of books but rarely do I read one that reminds me of why I love to read. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow has all the hallmarks of great storytelling but what makes it so special is the feeling it evokes with the reader. Yes, you will love the language, the characters, and the twists, but most of all you will love the experience of reading this book. In her luminous first novel, author Rita Leganski has hooked me for life. More, please!
A week ago I said here that I could not properly describe this novel. Though this remains true, I have begun to reread The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow and will say one thing – in the beginning, you are introduced to a love story so innocent and pure that you smile as a young woman sits on the edge of a bathtub, watching her new husband shave and “getting so absorbed in the act she stretched her own lip over her teeth as he scraped the razor under his nose.” Sadly, this story ends tragically and abruptly. But fear not! The story that follows is also full of love, and though it is not romantic, it is a magical love that transcends death, defies grief, denies guilt and flourishes in the silence of a young boy named Bonaventure.
I picked up The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow several months ago after a coworker with excellent taste in books strongly recommended it, calling the story magical and perfect. I was hooked within the first ten pages and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. Rita Leganski’s writing is truly extraordinary. I got so caught up in the world she describes, and grew so fiercely protective of young Bonaventure Arrow, that I forgot to eat and slept only when I felt I absolutely had to, just so I could keep reading a little while longer. I cannot recommend this book enough!
The Savvy Reader team