They Lived They Were at Brighton Beach By Iván Brave (Book Review #768)

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They lived they were at Brighton beach is a contemporary fiction book about the coming of age of a struggling artist. Ilya is a 22-year-old dancer at a nightclub. He loses her over a hidden stash of coke and prescription pills. Everything goes downhill from there as he spends the summer trying to get her back and launch his debut EP. The DJ where he works and the security manager there isn’t that supportive and set a few steps backs due to their unsupportiveness.

“There are fairy tales to be written for grownups, fairy tales almost blue.” André Breton

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The power of music becomes his saviour after losing his mother, a few childhood memories and all the other factors that have troubled him in the past. Things turn better when he meets Julia. She helps him pick up the pieces and to finish his album. The inspiration comes with a few ups and downs, but the protagonist finds the right path to achieving his dream.

The book is divided into 4 sections, and each chapter also contains Russian translations. The literature is well written, and the character’s love for music was enjoyable to see.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes fiction and coming of age stories.

Written by Jeyran Main

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