Nov 112013
Review: Differential EquationsDifferential Equations by Julian Iragorri, Lou Aronica
Published by The Fiction Studio on Apr 24, 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Format: eBook from Author
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

This evocative, moving, and gorgeously detailed novel is the story of Alex Soberano, a contemporary man in crisis. A tremendously successful New York businessman, Alex finds it difficult to embrace joy and accept love. When his life threatens to boil over, he escapes for a brief respite on the West Coast. What waits for him there is something he never could have imagined.

Intertwined with Alex’s story are the stories of three people from different times and places whose lives affect him in surprising ways:

A woman from the South American city of Anhelo in 1928 that everyone knows as “Vidente.” For decades, Vidente, has been one of Anhelo’s most celebrated citizens because she has the ability to read colors that speak of a person’s fate. However, during one such reading, she sees her own future — a future that includes her imminent death.

A man named Khaled who left his home in Bethlehem in 1920 to seek fortune in the South American town of Joya de la Costa. He has barely begun to gain a foothold when he learns that the wife and three children he left behind have been murdered. When a magical woman enters his life, he believes that destiny has smiled on him. However, destiny has only just begun to deal with Khaled.

A nineteen-year-old student named Dro who flies from the South American country of Legado to Boston in 1985 and immediately walks onto the campus of MIT expecting instant admission. Dro’s skills at mastering complex, ever-changing differential equations intrigues the associate admissions director. However, the person he intrigues the most is the celebrated US ambassador from his country, and his relationship with her will define his life.

How the stories of these four people merge is the central mystery of this arresting work of imagination. DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS is a story that will sweep you up in its magic, enrich you with its wisdom, and compel you with its deep humanity.

This is a sweet and gentle story about family and love and being at peace with yourself.

It starts with 4 different stories, spanning over a century. The connections between the stories are not obvious right away, but they do tie together in the end in a satisfying way.

This story moves slowly, and yet is still very entertaining to read. The focus is not on action or plot, but is more about the characters and their personal growth. This is a welcome change from the books I’ve been reading lately.

Overall, I deeply appreciated the quietness of the story. It is a very relaxing read that took me by surprise. The characters were richly developed, and a treat to read about. There is a mystical/New Age feel to some of the content, but it is fun and enjoyable to read.

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