It is really ridiculous how happy I am to finally have a copy of Lang Leav’s Love and Misadventure. I live in Dipolog City, although a growing city, it is still small and lacks bookstores. Amazingly, a National Bookstore (WITH a Bo’s Coffee mind you) will be opening up sometime in the near future. But in the meantime, there are only a few places in town to find books. Even those that do exist, they lack in variety and stock.
I am not exaggerating when I say that I had to cross a sea (I wish I can say the ocean which sounds more dramatic but I would be lying) in order to get this book. One of the first things I looked for when I visited Cebu was a bookstore. It had been a very long time since I had last been in one and that wonderful feeling of wanting to get lost between the aisles and stacks of books was purely euphoric.
I had already picked up a few books and was at the payment counter when a book display caught my eye. Lang Leav! I had almost forgotten how much I’ve been wanting her Love and Misadventures to go with my copy of Lullabies which was sitting safely on my bookshelf at home. It was as if the divine gods of books and literature guided me to it. When everything fades to black but a lone spotlight shines on that one display of red books. Imagine how close I came to walking out of the store without it! Needless to say, I grabbed a copy and deliberately ignored the extra amount added to the final bill as she rung it up.
After a nice night out around the city, I settled into my hotel room, got ready for bed and cozied up with Lang Leav. As I have mentioned in another post on my blog, Lang Leav has this amazing ability to say exactly what we feel when it comes to love and heartache with only a few lines. Both books do not disappoint.
I strongly recommend Love and Misadventure (and Lullabies) to those who are interested in reading poetry especially those who don’t care to read too much between the lines. She’s quite simple in her approach yet she has this literary flare for words which hits the target when it comes to a feeling or an experience which most of us can relate to. Those experiences we have all went through when it comes to the joy and excitement of finding love and the frustration and pain of love not fulfilled. A lot of her work carries the essence of a haiku–short and limited yet exact and creative in making a point. This is definitely a book for the hopeless romantics and the brokenhearted lovers of the world.