Pieces of a Rainbow by Maria Savva
The first story, “Seeing Red” delves into painful, raw emotions such as rage, depression and loss all at once, a story which can feel uncomfortable at times as we follow the protagonist’s life spiral helplessly out of control. Themes of depression, anger, resentment, fear, youth crime and broken marriages are quite prevalent throughout.
The beauty of Savva’s style is the way in which she does not complicate each piece as a whole with convoluted language, this allows emotion and action to be put forth with far more poignancy, and therefore all that needs to be communicated is done so in a beautiful manner. Amongst the characters’ forgotten dreams, infidelity, and passion, Savva’s stories have a moralistic value.
Although each story flows wonderfully, from a lapping current to a spluttering stream, one can only have wished for each story to be just a little longer to allow us to become more acquainted with our protagonists. What these stories achieve wonderfully, is the psychology of the protagonist at a pinnacle point in time, and what may have been more satisfying would have been a more in depth analysis of the situation itself.
Each story certainly achieves what it has set out to do. They depict the complexity of the human condition and the damage that certain emotions are capable of. Savva’s powerful imagery penetrates our minds, forcing each image to stay, but can be tactfully dispersed in order for the reader to continue onto the next story, a technique if you will, in enabling our reading pallets to be cleared in order to make space for the next.
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