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Published 2004 by Harper Collins (first published January 1st 2003)
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Shreya
Jun 04, 2014 Shreya rated it really liked it
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A poor girl named Jyoti is growing up on the streets of Mumbai. When all of a sudden she is rescued by an affluent Western couple,they take her to Germany but there she finds herself as an outsider but soon finds herself adapting to the orderly, middle-class English way of life, to school, and to rules and regulations hard. But she still sometimes finds herself misfit in the Western world but her rare musical talent makes her famous. Words might never be easy for her but music flows from her. Th ...more
Rebecca Stonehill
Nov 16, 2014 Rebecca Stonehill rated it it was amazing
This was the first book of Sharon Maas's that I have read and I was hugely impressed and can't wait to read her other novels, especially 'The Small Fortune of Dorothea Q' which is to be published shortly. This novel starts with the fascinating premise of a young girl living in a Bombay slum who is chanced upon by a Western couple who decide they want to adopt her and take her away from India. They do so, but it is the cost of doing this that the novel deals with so well as the young girl grows a ...more
Jo
Aug 02, 2011 Jo added it
i agree with most of the reviews here - it does start really well, but near the end especially it loses something...in essence it is a lovely fairy tale for modern times, the central character jyothi is rescued from a life in the bombay slums (making me think of slumdog millionaire) by two well-meaning westerners and follows her life until she is brought back to her roots...her lifestory brought to mind a russian doll with successive layers encasing previous experiences - the happy child in an I ...more
Simran
Mar 22, 2010 Simran rated it it was amazing
Not your average rags-to-riches story!

The Speech of Angels captures the vivid sights, the cacophony of sounds and the pungent smells of the darkest backstreets in Bombay, India, while taking you to the elite and elaborate dwellings in Germany and London in the same breath.

Her writing style excites the reader and draws them into a world, which may be different from their own, yet allows them to wholly relate to the story and empathize with the characters portrayed. It is a book that cannot easily
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Nicole Zimmer
Apr 04, 2016 Nicole Zimmer rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorites! A beautiful story and so well written. Had a difficult time putting this book down. A street child from Bombay India is adopted by a Western Couple. It's a facinating journey through India and you witness the many challenges involved in the adoption process and the raising of a third world child. The girl "Jyothi" has a difficult time adapting to her new life and it is only through music that she finds herself and becomes and international star.
Some interesting quot
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Bachyboy
Jul 13, 2010 Bachyboy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this; had a lovely cover and was partly set in India. However I found it annoying at times and the characters just didn't really appeal to me. A German couple adopt a young Indian girl virtually off the roadside and she later becomes an accomplished violinist.
Norah
Sep 15, 2012 Norah added it
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Recommended to Norah by: Sue Brown
I found this novel very sweetly written, but underlying the sweetness was an insight into the possibility of doing good with the best intentions, not understanding the possible long-term psychological effects on the subject. Here is something I copied from Amazon:

Jyothi is growing up on the streets of Bombay when she is rescued by an affluent Western couple, their contribution to the starving of India. But she soon finds adapting to the orderly, middle-class English way of life, to school, and
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Perry Whitford
Jan 27, 2016 Perry Whitford rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Its title taken from a Thomas Carlyle quote about music, the story starts when a five year old daughter of low caste hears a sitar playing in the house of the family her parents serve, a sound like a "soul welling with wonder".

A life long passion is formed in that moment, but it takes a mixture of tragedy and good fortune for the young Jyothi to realise her musical dreams, a rags to riches tale that moves from the slums of India to the concert halls of the world.

Jack and Monika are a young coup
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Christy
Jul 14, 2015 Christy rated it really liked it
I just want to finish reading it, this book really envolved me, I like it so much. It made my mind blow up!
Christel Lim
Jun 11, 2010 Christel Lim rated it liked it
I read it quite a few years ago and I can't remember if it was that good or bad. So 3 stars.
Tania
May 02, 2008 Tania rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Not as good as "Of marriageable age" or even "Peacocks dancing" but still a very good read
Judy
Sep 22, 2008 Judy is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
So far very enjoyable and and an easy read. Want to keep turning the pages.
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Sharon Maas was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1951, and spent many childhood hours either curled up behind a novel or writing her own adventure stories. Sometimes she had adventures of her own, and found fifteen minutes of Guyanese fame for salvaging an old horse-drawn coach from a funeral parlor, fixing it up, painting it bright blue, and tearing around Georgetown with all her teenage friends. Th
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