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The Space between Us (P.S.) by Thrity Umrigar
The Space between Us (P.S.)

jadelin, May 24, 2011

This book is a page turner. Thrity Umrigar pens an emotionally gripping novel which exposes the jarring differences of caste life in India. Her storytelling is engaging as there are anguish filled twists and turns in the life of a mistress and her servant. The grinding hurt, suffering and disbelief at circumstance is highly reminiscent of Mistry's A Fine Balance. The Space Between Us is a story that draws the reader in by the compelling dilemma that links and contrasts the life of privilege and those who are left to suffer in the bowels of the slums, each hoping for a better circumstances and happiness. Is anyone really happy where they are?
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The Space between Us (P.S.) by Thrity Umrigar
The Space between Us (P.S.)

jadelin, May 24, 2011

This book is a page turner. Thrity Umrigar pens an emotionally gripping novel which exposes the jarring differences of caste life in India. Her storytelling is engaging as there are anguish filled twists and turns in the life of a mistress and her servant. The grinding hurt, suffering and disbelief at circumstance is highly reminiscent of Mistry's A Fine Balance. The Space Between Us is a story that draws the reader in by the compelling dilemma that links and contrasts the life of privilege and those who are left to suffer in the bowels of the slums, each hoping for a better circumstances and happiness. Is anyone really happy where they are?
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Alligator by Lisa Moore
Alligator

jadelin, November 27, 2010

Lisa Moore's debut novel is a story of stories woven magically together. The vignettes depict the lives of five individuals whose misfortunes shape their actions. These stories are not for the faint of heart as they are jagged and searing. The emotional vulnerability of these characters left me hurting and hanging. They are the stories packed away inside our neighbors, friends and loved ones, either by the internal scars of their experiences or the outward actions we witness. It's a book of highly skilled writing and edge of your seat storytelling. The rhythm of the book builds great suspense and provokes a longing within the reader to keep turning the pages and wondering what fate is waiting to greet its subjects. Alligator is a treat, a literary accomplishment and a sign of good things to come.
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Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes
Not Without Laughter

jadelin, November 17, 2010

Not Without Laughter is an important book. It gives a glimpse of Sandy, a poor Black boy, and his life in the plains. Hughes captures the intense, raw experience of his coming of age. Though life for Sandy is filled with despair and empty spots, there are moments that depict his integrity. This is a no fuss, deep into the dialogue novel with plenty of the diction that brought Hughes, as a poet, great acclaim. Equally important and impactful are Hughes' narrative on the racial divides of this country.
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In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut
In a Strange Room

jadelin, October 29, 2010

Reading Damon Galgut's novel, In a Strange Room, is like reading an intimate journal of a journey, of the travels of a South African man, named Damon. The writing style of the book is elegant and internally focused, there is a powerful sharing of the brooding moments that many of us experience but struggle to squelch. Damon's travels through parts of Africa, Europe and India expose intense interactions with fellow travelers, some who are very close and intimate, others who are strangers. Galgut is absolutely gifted in his ability to develop a tale or series of tales that crescendo into palpably emotional climaxes with the protagonist left with emotional turmoil to come to grips with what has happened. This is an involved, beautiful book.
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