Sunday, November 4, 2012

Great reviews for Simon and Hiroko

Amaranta (twitter: @Lalettricefelic), an Italian literary blogger:
I've just finished reading Simon and Hiroko. I think it's very interesting and absorbing.

At Goodreads, American fellow writer and blogger Julia Hones writes: 
With a strong, unique voice Marius Hancu tells us a story that reveals the intimate lives of Simon and Hiroko. This is a novel that combines suspense, romance, eroticism, action and drama. Sim
on, an American professional photographer, falls passionately in love with Hiroko, a traditional Japanese dancer. Their love for each other is intense, but their “road” is full of obstacles. The fact that they both come from different cultural backgrounds makes it even more compelling. Hiroko’s father is against this relationship; her father had been killed by Americans in WWII and time never quelled his resentment. He will do anything to stop them from getting married. This novel will take you to Japan, to the glamorous streets of New York and to the wildest parts of Connecticut. The author has the ability to make the tension escalate throughout the story while tapping into history, politics and conflicting family relationships. The end stirs strong emotions. It is the kind of ending you will never forget.


On twitter, a PhD candidate in neuroscience from Toronto, Alice Kim:
I have really been enjoying your book "Simon and Hiroko"! Thanks again! :) 

At Amazon, Dona Flor, a reviewer with an obvious love for literary pen names, writes:
'From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
From forth the fatal loins of these two foes
A pair of star-cross'd lovers take their life;
Whose misadventur'd piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parents' strife.'

(Romeo and Juliet, Prologue)

Simon and Hiroko by Marius Hancu might be read as a modern version of the story of the lovers from Verona. Hancu's novel is set in modern Japan: Simon is a young American photographer and Hiroko a dancer. Hiroko's father, a Yakuza boss, has never forgotten the end of World War II and cannot approve his daughter's love for an American boy. Simon's family doesn't understand his job choices and feel only contempt for Japanese people. But Simon and Hiroko love each other and want to overcome all these sufferings... will they be able to live their life? Will they succeed in being free from their families' burden? In a climax of suspence, grief and incomprehension, Hancu tells us a fascinating story about the power of two young people in a world that tries to suffocate one of the driving forces of human life: love. But hatred is strong as well and Simon and Hiroko will have to fight.  

At Goodreads, British writer Julie Elizabeth Powell says:

"[I] will say that this book gives wonderful insight into richly woven worlds."
At Amazon A. Voicu "I strongly believe that this is an A+ grade material for a movie, which offers not only a sweet love story, but also lots of suspense!"