book review: milk and honey

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It's very first book review post since we launched honeyhands.

"milk and honey" by rupi kaur

My rate: ★★★★★

(My goodreads:


This book is a collection of poems. When we hear "poem," we feel awkward and sounds very cliche in Japan. I used to feel like that, but I took a writing course while I was in the U.S. and the amazing professor made us write a poem one time. I learned how words can be so beautiful and powerful from her teaching in the course. Since then, I love reading not only novels but also poems. milk and honey was my very first book of poems that I bought. And it turned out the most beautiful book I've ever owned. So, I wanted to share with you guys!

『milk and honeyは暴力、虐待、愛、喪失、女性らしさの経験。この本は4つの章に分かれていて、それぞれ違った目的を意味しているの。違った痛みの対処。違った心の痛みの癒し。milk and honeyはあなたを人生で最も苦しい瞬間へ連れて行って、その中の甘い優しさを見つけるたびに連れて言ってくれる。甘い優しさはあなたが見つけようとすればどこにでもあるんだもの。』

"‘milk and honey’ is the experience of violence. abuse. love. loss. femininity. the book is divided into four chapters. 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."

この本は、使われている言葉や文が美しいだけではなくて、何も隠されていない、そのままの彼女の言葉が綴られていて、一ページめくっていくごとにふつふつと湧いてくる様々な感情は飾っていなくて、リアルで、読み応えのある一冊。"milk and honey"は、豊かさ、豊富さ、富という意味を持っていて、まさにこの本にぴったりなタイトル。the hurting (痛み)、the loving (愛のある)、the breaking(壊れた)、the healing(癒し)の4つの章にわかれていて、その中でお気に入りをいくつか紹介するね。ポエムなので日本語訳をして、そのポエム自体の美しさを失いたくないので、代わりにどういう意味なのか一言説明をつけてみるね。

This book is rustically beautiful. There's nothing transfigured in this book. Everything is so real and each page you turn, you'll be attracted by the words she put together with so many kinds of feelings and emotions. "milk and honey" means richness, wealth, or plentiful, and I felt that is perfect title for this book. It has four chapters: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing. And I'll share a few of my favorites from each chapter. I don't wanna translate to Japanese since it's a collection of English poems so I'll add some opinions or views about each poem with my words.

the hurting