3 out of 4 stars
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This is the story of Oris, a primary school kid, who aspires to create happiness for the world by becoming a great musician like Mozart and Beethoven. He loves music and has great potential, but the nourishment of his art is hindered by a load of miseries. At home, he is brutally beaten by his parents for having bad grades and for not earning money for them through his music. At school, he has to endure the mental and physical torture of the bullies for being poor and hideous. One day, these bullies beat Oris so savagely that he is almost dead, but Art Fairy rescues him. She promises him a fairer world where his dreams can come true, but he has to give something in exchange for his happiness as everything in the world has a price.
Art Fairy by Floras Athena is a beautiful combination of fantasy and reality. The author has created two parallel worlds in the book. One is the real world where dreams are shattered by the miseries of life, and the other one is the happy and peaceful world of Art Fairy where all dreams come true. The contrast between the two worlds highlights the obstacles that hinder the progression of artistry.
In her book, Athena condemns the education system because it is the major obstacle in the way of developing talents. She is of the opinion that childhood is the best time to develop talents, but kids are busy cramming for exams because they are pressurized to have the top grades. In this senseless race of grades, they have to pay utmost attention to cram for exams. And consequently, the talents are left unattended. The author also criticises the parents who taunt their children for bad grades and are always comparing them to other children. Such behaviour demoralizes children, and as a result, they are unable to nourish their real talent.
The thing I like is that the main focus of the author is not to criticise but to suggest a way to cultivate talents. The author lays stress on devoting more time to develop talents instead of cramming for exams. She considers it important to read the biographies of great artists to seek inspiration. And the most important thing is to practice a lot as there is no excellence without practice.
The thing I don't like about this book is the excessive use of metaphors and similes. These literary devices are meant to add beauty to a piece of writing, and they can be very effective, but the author uses them so frequently that they lose their effectiveness. They seem not only monotonous but also strange at times. Moreover, the story frequently jumps back and forth in time which is a bit annoying.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I deduct one star for the excessive use of metaphors and similes. I am not giving it 2 stars because a book with such an amazing theme doesn't deserve less than 3 stars. The book certainly has some errors, but they don't interrupt the flow of the story.
I would recommend this book to parents and educators. It might also appeal to the readers of Greek mythology as the book contains a different version of the myth of Narcissus. Although it is the story of a kid, I won't recommend it to kids because there is a massive amount of profanity and violent scenes.
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