Celeste Ng, follows up her last inter-cultural masterpiece, ‘Everything I Never Told You’ with a book that traces the class and cultural differences in US. The story is so compelling that you turn pages instantly, and the writing so good, that you regret only so much is left. The characters, particularly the teenagers – Lexi, Chip, Moody, Izzy, and Pearl are drawn really sharply, and distinctively. The only drawback is the excessive back stories of the adults – Mrs. Richardson and Mia – that slow down the pace of the book. An interesting lesson there – sometimes the writers feel compelled to tell us the back stories of some of the main characters , to tell us how they came to be what they are, and sometimes the readers only want to get on with the story and don’t really care. Overall, a brilliant book.
A must read.
Thank you for a great review, Sohinee Dey!
The Jasmine Bloom” written by Author Rajat Narula is up on my blog #PoesyInChrysalis. Check out the link to read the full review 🙂
Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐… / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Complex characters, good narration, secrets that can destroy relationships. But at the heart of it, this is a story of a man learning to accept life as it is and be happy with who he is.”
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Book Title: The Jasmine Bloom Author: Rajat Narula Total Number of Pages: 232 Publisher: Sristhi Publishers Publication Date: 1 October…
A fun evening, discussing the storyline, the process of writing and characters finding their own voices! Vienna, Fairfax, Virginia. Many thanks to the book club members.
Another WWII story, Lilac Girls, traces the lives of three very different women affected by the war. Kasia, a Polish young woman, spends the best years of her life in a Nazi concentration camp. Caroline, an American philanthropist falls in love with a French Actor and tracks him down in Paris only to lose him again. Herta, a German doctor of humble origins, carried out horrific acts on the prisoners, without as much as a prick of conscience. The horrors of the Nazi concentration camps: the indiscriminate killings, the medical experiments on prisoners, and the inhuman living conditions of the inmates are captured in their ugly nakedness. I believe I have read too much of WWII to be shocked any longer, but the story still touches you nonetheless. What I thought would be the strength of the book – the narrative continuing after the end of the war, including the Russian occupation of Poland – turned out to be the weak link. The characters, particularly Kasia’s – gets a bit mixed-up and irrational. The writing is not very attractive but the starkness of the story reigns supreme.
Read, if you are not saturated by WWII books.
Ancient Toltec wisdom for the modern age. Four simple agreements that you make with yourself to live a joyous life. The agreements are not extraordinary; they follow simple, common-sense rules like being true to one’s word, not taking anything personally and so on.
Read, if you are looking for some wisdom.