Sunday, 4 October 2015

Hagurosan by Darren Shan - Book Review

5/5 Stars

No path is ordinary

All are magical

Winding their ways to wonders


Edition: Paperback
Pages: 64
Chapters: 9
Publisher: Barrington Stoke

Book Links: Goodreads
                      Author's Website


I'll keep this review in much the same style as Hagurosan: Short, sweet and serene.

This short story by veteran author Darren Shan is a heartwarming and fun little piece of fiction. Aimed at a young audience - probably from when a child can read and understand to early teens - Hagurosan is a tale of the consequences and guilt of selfishness versus the fulfilling benefits of selflessness. 

It's a great little read that I recommend to all, child and adult alike, because a lot of adults could take a leaf out of this charmer.

Synopsis (Not a copy from the book, but I always keep my interpretations close.)

Hagurosan is about to learn the realities of life.
When an innocent nibble on a cake ends with the delicacy gone, he realises the ramifications he could potentially cause.
The cake, eaten selfishly, was for the spirits of the shrine.
And they've cursed people for much less.
But what Hagurosan doesn't know, is that, a curse can sometimes be a blessing in disguise.
A mistake can be rectified, and lives can be changed...

Plot - 5/5 Stars

The story within Hagurosan focuses predominantly on conveying its themes and messages of helping one another, and above all, teaching the next generation how to create a happy and safe future. The warm, hearty feel of this novel seeps into your pores, and when you're finished, there's a smile on your face. It's simple and sweet and full of good intentions. 

Pace - 5/5 Stars

With only 64 pages, you'll really only spend 20-30 minutes reading. It's a jolt of warm and fluffy that breaks up the darker parts of Shan's collection of works.

Characters - 5/5 Stars

Much the same as the plot: The cast, or more centrally, our main Hagurosan, all work to portray the book's message. Hagurosan's journey is the definition of 'do to others only what you want done to you'.

And I think the themes of this work are great for the target audience. It gets straight to the point without trying to weave a complex tale that could potentially muddle a reader.

Writing - 5/5 Stars

I really love the reason behind Hagurosan's conception. It's written for those who find it difficult to read, either from a cognitive condition or just someone who's not particularly interested in picking up a book. It's a little bit of fun; a little bit of fantasy; and a whole lot of heart. 

Overall - 5/5 Stars

Exactly what I needed on a Sunday, a pick-me-up for the week ahead.

For more Darren Shan reviews: Index

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