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The Brambles: A Novel by Eliza Minot
The Brambles: A Novel

Anaya, September 1, 2006

This quirky novel, exquisitely penned with a mixed temporal perspectives, will captivate readers with its fascinating episodes and depressing tragedies the Bramble family has to endure. Minot writes about the joys and sorrows of motherhood and successfully exploits the typical experiences of a modern surburban family - from the loss of a beloved family member to the subtle manipulations between siblings. As a heartwarming and heartbreaking novel, "The Brambles" will grip you with its tenderness and surprising plot twist; it will suck you into the pages and you will feel as if you have known the Bramble family your whole life - or at least someone like them.
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Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
Midnight's Children

Anaya, September 1, 2006

Midnight's Children, a humorous heartbreaking fairy tale-like story, is a huge landscape of a novel as the main character attempts to fit into his huge paintings. With a loving eye for detail, the author proves he is a miniaturist who writes with astute empathy about children born in the first hour after India's birth after creation of Pakistan. It will take a couple of re-readings to catch all miniature details in woven into the canvas of an intricate plot, strung together with poetical and metaphorical language. But even though the novel tends to render us speechless, it makes for thought-provoking discussion of the real life political drama of the India-Pakistan partition that is embedded into the background of the story.
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Anaya, September 1, 2006

Splendidly and cleverly crafted with a unique style of metaphorical prose, Winterson strings together two different languages of the opposite sides of a symmetry to make up the novel's prose: arts and sciences (physics). A truly luminiscent romance, the geometric love triangle story is told in various perspectives, each marked by a different tarot card that plays an important role in the chapters. This passionate novel is a delightful read regardless of its dishevelled sense of temporality and will lovingly touch the readers' minds in surprising ways.
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The Penelopiad by Margaret Eleanor Atwood
The Penelopiad

Anaya, September 1, 2006

Atwood explores the famous tale of Odysseus from the Illiad in a different perspective. Like the title hints, it is Odysseus' long-suffering wife, Penelope, that is the heroine of the novel. Should not be confused with a "chick" flik type novel. The "Penelopiad" is much more deeper on certain levels as the novel presents the story of Penelope differently, but in the similar context as we see in Homer's famous epic - just a different side of the same coin, which reminds us to inspect and research both sides of a same coin. The story embellishes a women's steadfast devotion as strength and feminizes a rather male-oriented story. A true delight and different type of Greek mythology for any fans of the historical epics and folklores.
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Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles by Jeanette Winterson
Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles

Anaya, September 1, 2006

Winterson spins an orginal and beguilling tale of fairy tale and greek mythology, bringing the story of centuries-old story of Atlas and Heracles into British modern times. Indeed "Weight" is a beautiful retelling with a sweet ending that make Winterson's contemporary audience feel trapped in the illusion that we need to shoulder the weight of the world on ourselves.
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