Review | La Douleur Exquise by Kavya Janani U.

Our eyes would meet
for a split second,
And I would know
Why it feels so good
To be in love with you,
ven if it’s unrequited. 4.25/5 stars!

“I choose to love you in silence…
For in silence I find no rejection

I choose to hold you in my dreams…
For in my dreams, you have no end.” – Rumi

We fall.

We fall for someone who doesn’t catch feelings for us. We fall when we’re not supposed to fall in love. We fall in a way we’d never be able to express it, no matter what.

Sometimes, to love someone unconditionally without expecting to be loved in return, is the most exquisite feeling in the world. It is painful, but it gives you a dose of euphoria and heals you by the end of the day. It is that kind of love, where you take the pain as a base for your personal growth.

If at all there is a love that could give you happiness alongside heart-wrenching pain, it is unrequited love.
If at all there is a love that could keep the desire for life burning in you, it is unexpressed love.
If at all there is a love that could provide you with never-ending hope, it is unattainable love.

La Douleur Exquise is a collection of poetry that celebrates unexpressed, unrequited, and unattainable love through the eyes of a woman. Just sit back and delve into the world of love where conditions don’t apply.

They never did. They never should.

If there’s something unconditional, it is love, after all…

I’m not an expert in poetry, but I personally connect more to poetry when I can relate to it… and that’s exactly what happened with this collection. While I was reading this book, I kept thinking about my past and my own experiences with unrequited love. Yes, I’m no stranger when it comes to one-sided love, and this book reminded me of my teenage self buried feelings. I could feel the pain and sadness coming from the author, that reminded me of my own when I was younger. And isn’t that beautiful? The way a single book just digs up your memories like that?

The poems are divided in three sections: hoping, hurting and healing. My personal favorite poems were “Eyelids”, “Where Do They Go?”, “The Boy Who Wants To Leave” and “Selenophilia”. But the Exquisite Shots were definitely my favorite part of the book! The only thing I want to point out is that I think the shots should be integrated with the full length poems, just because it would create a better flow.

The writing style was enjoyable and simple to follow. There were two particular poems here that I found interesting because they were written with bullet points. I understand why they were used and the purpose of them being there, but it felt like they were a bit misplaced in the middle of the collection.

Overall I think the collection was interesting and beautiful. I connected to a lot of poems and for me that’s what good poetry is all about. When a book awakens something in you, it’s worth your time!

A big thank you to the author Kavya Janani U. the free copy in exchange for an honest review.


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