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‘Bohemia’ by Veronika Carnaby

Having graduated from a school that failed to ground us like it did so many other dreamers, we moped around town concocting none to whimsical ideas of what might become of us in the future.

Then one day she babbled out of the blue, “Let’s go out and snag some jobs for ourselves, V. Who’s to say we can’t do whatever we want? We don’t have to look at the door all our lives. We can go through it. Name the place and we’re there.”

I nearly bowled over in laughter. What could we possibly do? Who would want us? But after I gave it some serious thought I could tell she was onto something.

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As this was an author invitation to read and review, a PDF of  ‘Bohemia’, was sent to me free of charge, by its author Veronika Carnaby.

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    • Hi Naida,

      We are talking about the ‘Swinging Sixties’ here, so I am sure that work will not be the only thing on their minds!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

  • When I saw the title, I immediately thought of Paris, freezing garrets and starving artists.
    But I see from the dialogue we’re in more modern times!
    Here’s mine

    • Hi Brona,

      The word Bohemia or Bohemianism does originate from the French word boheme, so I can see why you thought we might have been talking Paris with this book.

      However, in relation to the book, this is how its author Veronika Carnaby defines the word …

      ‘Bohemia’ is an unconventional account of rebellion, artistic freedom, and youth in the 1960s…something of a Beat Generation-influenced work, if you will. I credit a lot of personal experience for helping shape the plot, as well as the cultural shift that the 1960s gave way to. With this story, I wanted to portray the fact that stepping outside of the boundaries can be ok and that it shouldn’t always be frowned upon, as it was and very much still is. That’s not only mirrored in the character’s actions and attitudes, but also in the freeflowing technique that the book was written in. Creative people, especially those who are just starting out, feel that they have to conform and be a mass-produced product in order to be noticed. The truth of the matter is that genuineness and unconventionality is often what helps make a mark on the world. There’ll always be backlash. That’s something you can’t avoid regardless of what you undertake, so don’t be afraid to take risks, to be different, to create what’s true to yourself.

      You can read more about the book and its author here…


      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that your weekend is good so far.

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