Milk and Honey, written by Rupi Kuar, was published late 2014 and owns over 70 thousand reviews on Goodreads. Has sold over 1.4 million copies, which has sparked a lot of interest, as this is Kuar’s first novel. With a book this successful, it wasn’t even a choice to pick it up, grab a coffee and start reading.
“The thing about writing is I can’t tell if it’s healing or destroying.”
Here’s The Synopsis:
‘milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.’
This is mainly a collection of poetry, which can be viewed quite differently by some. Either as a beautiful, breathtaking and brutal form of art through words or as a compilation of quotes exemplifying the type you’d find on tumbler or Pinterest.
Whichever way you may view this book, it still stresses on important key points in life. Love, violence, loss, femininity. Some poems were written so personal, packed with emotions that even sharing some of the poems feels intrusive.
You’ll find yourself in these poems, with the words. You’ll relate so much to them, that you might find yourself re-reading them again and again and knowingly nodding, ‘Finally! Someone understands’.
The book didn’t take an hour in total to read, which is a perk. But when it’s done, you just feel sad, because you want more. A 4-star rating is just perfect for this lovely book of poetry. Kuar is extremely talented, and it shows through her work, so it may not come as any surprise that a lot of attention will be shed upon her next project.