Constellations – Nick Payne

Synopsis

Suppose that life exists in a multiverse — a set of parallel existences that contain infinitely different futures. The possibilities in our lives are, quite literally, endless. Every possible event that could happen, does happen, in one universe or another. And if two lovers meet — are drawn together in every version of existence — every possible happy ending and heartbreak that could befall them, will.

Marianne, a physicist, and Roland, a beekeeper, meet at a party. They hit it off, and go for a drink. Or perhaps they don’t. They go home together, or maybe they go their separate ways. Perhaps Marianne is engaged to someone else, perhaps Roland is. Maybe she breaks his heart, maybe he breaks hers. Perhaps they come together and their love story can finally take root and grow, or perhaps it will be tragically cut short. Nick Payne’s beautiful play, Constellations, explores how even the smallest change in our lives can dramatically alter the course we take. It is a spellbinding exploration of love, science, quantum theory, and infinite possibility for heartbreak or for hope.

Review

My lecturer recommended this play and it became on of those books you place at the back of your bookcase and forget about. During a recent clear out… I came across this play and decided to give it a go. I deeply regret not reading it sooner!

I have read numerous reviews that focus on the repetition throughout the play as something they disliked and found irritating to read, however without it, the play would not make sense. I loved the idea of having multiple universes and possibilities. The concept that free will may not exist is not something that we often think about therefore it created an interesting twist.

The two characters, Roland and Marianne, are quite a normal couple. They fall in love and fight. They make up and marry. Each time a new chapter of their lives begins we see the situation not only from both perspectives but also with differences in personality. They have an argument throughout the play and in one case it was Marianne in the wrong. In a parallel universe, it is Roland who is in the wrong. The interesting thing was that in each scenario the outcome was either the same or similar.

The dialogue throughout this play carries so much emotion that you cannot help but want to know what happens to both the characters at the very end. I believe this play is like marmite – you either love it or hate it!

Rating -⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Only Ever Yours – Evie O’Neilll

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Synopsis 

In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.

For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.

Best friends Freida and Isabel are sure they’ll be chosen as companions – they are among the most highly rated girls in their year.

But as the intensity of final year takes hold, Isabel does the unthinkable and starts to put on weight. ..
And then, into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.

Freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known. . .

Goodreads Rating 3.84/5 Stars

Review

A friend of mine recommended this book to me, so I just jumped straight into it without much thought only to go through an extreme emotional roller coaster and heartbreak. Even though this dystopian novel in set in another lifetime, there are many aspects and character traits that relate to our own, which make this novel that much more painful and horrific. 

Freida and Isabel are our two main characters. They are waiting to see whether they will be selected to be wives (companions) and bear sons or whether they will become concubines or chastities. The school teaches them that appearance is the most important thing in the world and that girls that cry or are fat, are worthless.  

Like in many schools across the world (sadly) popularity comes with being the most pretty and skinny girl. Eating disorders are encouraged at the school and the girls are given pills and other medication to make them throw up their food in order to main a ‘perfect weight’. The girls constantly judge each other and themselves which at times was absolutely heartbreaking. There was class ‘comparisons’, where two girls would strip and get into glass tubes so that there classmates could critique them. 

‘Only Ever Yours’ is beautifully written. The plot unfolds when Isabel can no longer live up to what society wants her to be – a skinny mini barbie doll. We watch as her best friend and sister of many years –  Frieda, struggles to deal Isabel’s disobedience and depression.She battles between staying a good friend to Isabel who is rapidly spiralling into oblivion and getting ahead of the game in order to score the perfect husband. 

All of the Eves are created the same, so when you see personality differences between them, it’s refreshing and gives you hope that things are going to get better. Isabel is presented as someone unique from the very start, however we are kept in the dark about why she is so special until the end of the book.  The ending broke my heart and in a way I can say that it was predictable, but it made me incredibly angry. 

Overall, I thought that this book was absolutely incredible! I certainly surprised me and at times I wanted to throw it across the room and cry at how horrible some of characters were, but I’m glad I read it. It is an absolute must read for all teen girls and women, but also for men, because it doesn’t exactly portray them well. It portrays domestic abuse and rape as being a acceptable, which it isn’t. 

Amazing book!!! GO READ IT!!!

Rating  – 5/5vStars

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Forgive Me – Original Poem


She sits alone, her head in the clouds

Tired, weary and lost to the world.

A ghost in the flesh, A child in the dark.

She does not cry, does not speak,

Bright as daylight and dark as night,

A little girl wrapped in shrouds.

Adults cry fateful tears,

wiping sorrow off their cheeks.

A mother wails and blames herself,

A father’s strength slowly crumbles.

Guilt spreads and covers the earth,

Blood, blood, blood – it spreads,

Upon this fateful grave she smears.

That night she felt no anger,

She had released her tortured soul.

Mother screamed, father choked,

Don’t go, I’m here, I’m here…

Time ticked by, sirens wailed,

Her heart had stopped…

Did you see her or look right past?

Was it cruelty or blatant ignorance?

Should I help or should I go?

Questions, questions, useless things,

Denial eats and tortures them.

Looks in eyes, oh so dark,

Mind unable to conform,

Turns away,

Shakes head,

Am so sorry,

Please Forgive Me.