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The Words - Book Review

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Published November 7th 2012
Quick! What is the most important thing in your life? The thing that you love most, the something that shapes your worth, the way you view yourself and the world around you?

Have you got it yet?

These questions are what is demanded of the characters in The Words as they're handed life-making decisions, questionable opportunities and deathly situations. Layered around three characters, each with their own story and circumstances, The Words begins with the life of Rory Jansen, a young and successful author attending an awards ceremony in his honour.

Initially enjoying an ideal youth, Rory lives in a city that he loves with a woman he adores as he pursues his dream of being a writer. However, as the years slouch on and Rory is unable to get published, his once-loved routine turns stagnant, causing him to question his life and his self. Uncertain and frustrated, Rory finds an old manuscript - beautifully written with breathtaking heart - and types it out, wanting to be closer to the words and the mind who penned them. With encouragement from his wife, Rory publishes the story, tentatively accepting the resulting success until he meets an elderly man with a story of his own about the greatest slice of his life and the young man who stole it.

The plot is a complex one, but is drawn together in a way that avoids confusion and emphasises connections not only between the characters, but with the audience members as well. The stories of love are old and timeless, and are as a happy reminder of the kind of adventure that makes heartbreak worthwhile.

As is said in the movie, "You have to choose between life and fiction. The two are very close, but never actually touch." If we really must choose, The Words makes a great argument for fiction, and will make you consider your answers for the opening questions in this review even after you've reached them.
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