Book Review | The Sound of Colors by Jimmy Liao- A Journey of Imagination

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“Color of Sounds” tells a story of a blind young girl who ventures on a subway trip using her imagination to take herself and readers on a journey.  “I have a journey to go on. There are some thing I need to find.” (from the book) It starts out slowly. She wonders the places the trains might take her and the passengers. She exits the stations where the field full of the golden leaves; She flies with clouds in different shapes and colors; She follows a line of elephants upstairs and downstairs; She is lonely on those dark nights or rainy days; She sits in a library with orange sunset glowing through the window; She lies on the back of a whale and listens to the sound of breeze; At last she returns home to find the light she’s looking for, “in my heart”. The final image is of the girl entering a home that has vibrant stained glass walls of enormous colors, images, and comforts.

The story is not only about a blind girl’s experience or imagination, it’s more of a metaphor of adult life. The light glowing in heart is what makes life bright. To keep a good spirit and always think positively. There is no “wrong train” since whichever train could bring us to a new place, there is no “wrong stop” since whichever place could make us comfort. To take trains to myriad stops metaphorizes the decisions and options in real life, we could get anxieted and stressed of unknown steps next, or become fearful of not achieving what we are looking for initially. But we do have other options, to keep eyes and heart open for our surroundings, we could still enjoy the whole journey, and even find something more meaning and enjoyable during this process.

While the book labels as children’s book, it may be read at many levels, and actually I feel adults can understand deeper. The watercolor style and the details of every single page simultaneously present many emotions and moods, such as fear, comfort, solitude, hope, wonder. The heroine is independent and strong, her journey highlights the light glowing in heart and ignites thought of possibility and transcendance when facing difficulties and changes.

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