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Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
Sea of Poppies

hipwatermama, February 13, 2010

Imagine stowing away on a coolie transport ship from Calcutta to Mauritius, as a woman. Imagine being a free black man from America who rises from ship worker to captain on the journey to India. Imagine being a poppy farmer with a opium addicted spouse and a cruel family in-law. A novel could follow just one of these people with great success, but in Sea of Poppies, each comes to life. Amitav Ghosh weaves together in their entwined lives and leaves the reader wanting to continue on this journey of the Ibis. I can't wait to read the rest of the stories.
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Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh
Sea of Poppies

hipwatermama, February 13, 2010

Imagine stowing away on a coolie transport ship from Calcutta to Mauritius, as a woman. Imagine being a free black man from America who rises from ship worker to captain on the journey to India. Imagine being a poppy farmer with a opium addicted spouse and a cruel family in-law. A novel could follow just one of these people with great success, but in Sea of Poppies, each comes to life. Amitav Ghosh weaves together in their entwined lives and leaves the reader wanting to continue on this journey of the Ibis. I can't wait to read the rest of the stories.
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The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie
The Enchantress of Florence

hipwatermama, January 17, 2010

Rushdie creates historical fantasy in this exquisite novel. Part fairy tale, part historical novel, this book swept me up in a story that crosses worlds and times. I wanted to keep turning pages long after the tale ended. Not only is the story magical, Rushdie's ability to use words to impact mood and meaning measures him as a truly accomplished author.
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"Socialism Is Great!": A Worker's Memoir of the New China by Lijia Zhang

hipwatermama, January 17, 2010

"Socialism is Great" offers a fresh outlook on China's Cultural Revolution. Told from the perspective of a young girl who has ambitions beyond the factory job her mother holds, this books leads the reader through her coming of age in communist China. Lijia offers a glimpse of real life in China as she recounts the day to day events and the hardship of her time. Describing her grandmother, mother, brother, and father's role in her life, she exposed the cultural shifts from old world to new that marked the Cultural Revolution.

I enjoyed the author's voice and will read more of her work in the future.
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Under This Unbroken Sky by Shandi Mitchell
Under This Unbroken Sky

hipwatermama, January 9, 2010

This amazing first novel strikes gold! Shandi Mitchell crafts a story of hardship and loss that is expressive and real. Having just finished rereading Annie Dillard's The Living, I felt this novel rose up to Dillard's work, and was even more detailed in it's character development and depth. I will read future work by this author.
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