Queen of Dreams (Ratu Mimpi)
Reading the early pages of Queen of Dreams, led me to the nuance of the dim early morning light in Harafish, and the intangible mysery that filled the air like in Sister of My Heart. It’s the feeling that always come over me everytime i read Mahfouz or Divakaruni. But even so, each of them has their own beauty. A different beauty in each reading.
By reading th ...more
Kali ini dia berkisah tentang Rakhi, wanita muda keturunan I ...more
I got hooked on to her writing after Palace of Illusions and picked this one up by chance. The themes might be different,but the writing style is just the same.The same flowery language and the poetic narration with rich visual imagery that i found in Palace of Illusions is there in Queen of Dreams.
Rakhi is a single mother,a struggling ...more
My other issue with this book is that it switches point of view too much, which interupts the flow. One chapter is written in first person and the next is in third person.
The book left several unanswered questions such ...more
The Queen of Dreams is so poetically, eloquently written that I literally drifted through one page after another. I floated through the lives of Rakhi, Indian-American artist, and her mother, a Bengali dream teller. Both characters are beautifully and breathtakingly written. They each exist in a sort of limbo: Rakhi born in America but always longing for the myste ...more
I was fascinated by the mother, the "dreamer" who dreams the troubles that people have, and the horrific events that are about to occur, and she reaches out to warn them...He ...more
The word magical gets thrown around a little too casually in review circles, but when it comes to Divakaruni's new novel, the description seems apt. More cynical reviewers feel the plot is contrived and the characters hollow. The book's boosters praise Divakaruni's descriptive skills, shifting point of view, and acute presentation of Indian-American culture. The mother's eponymous dreams, presented in separate chapters, add complexity to the narrative structure and drop a heavy dose of mysticism...more
And then came the scenes describing those racist attacks, phenomena that was heard all the way in India - not in main news, even though it concerned India's own people, but in p ...more
My mother had tried to teach me this. Once when I was persteringly insistent with my questions, she said, 'Everyone breathes in air, but it’s a wise person who knows when to use that air to speak and when to exhale in silence.' "
Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is about a young, rudderless woman raising a smart and innately aware young girl; a young woman clinging to her bitterness and to the fable that her ex-husband is the “bad guy” in every scenario; and a young ...more
Autant dire que je partais avec d'excellents a-prioris pour cette nouvelle histoire, d'autant plus qu'elle semblait reprendre une partie de l'univers de la Maître ...more
Rakhi yearns to understand her mother, a dreamer who insists on keeping her at arm's length. She struggles with her relationship with her ex-husband, which went downhill after he once failed to live up to her expectations and protect her the way she felt he should. Her mother, though distant, has always protected her. When she dies in a car crash, Rakhi and her father find a stash ...more
Kisah ini dibagi dua tokoh utama, Rakhi dan ibunya (yg sebagian besar dijabarkan lewat jurnal mimpinya). Rakhi, janda cerai beranak satu, pelukis serta pemilik Kafe Chai House (yg nantinya menjadi Chai House International) merasa bahwa dirinya adalah orang Amerika berdarah India, yg sangat mencintai India tanpa pernah menginjakkan kakinya di negeri tersebut. Sedangkan ibunya, seorang penaf ...more
Rakhi adalah seorang seniman dan ibu tunggal untuk anak semata wayangnya, Jona. Sebagai wanita keturunan India yang lahir dan besar di Amerika, Rakhi sangat ingin mengenal lebih dalam akan tanah kelahiran kedua orangtuanya. Namun sayang, orangtuanya tidak memfasilitasi Rakhi untuk dapat mengenal India....more
Ibunya, Mrs. Gupta, adalah seorang peramal mimpi. Ia membantu orang-orang dengan merasakan dan menafsirkan mimpi-mimpi orang lain, serta membimbing mereka menjalani nasib yang telah digariskan. Set
Initially I was disappointed in this book and was not too fond of the main character. However about half way through the book, the different areas of her life start coming together and suddenly it becomes clear. This is a great book that asks a great deal about the role of family, destiny and dreams. It's also a wonderful illustration of what it means to be American and that an American does not necessarily have to be white.
Seiring berjalannya waktu Rakhi dewasa memahami bahwa dia dan ibunya tidaklah sama, mereka melalui jalan yang berbeda, walau di masa ...more
Some quotes that resonated:
"Isn't not knowing the only way it is possible to love?"
"Dreams would not come to me in California because it was too new a place. Its people had settled there only a few hundred years ago, and neither its air nor its earth, the elements from which we draw sustenance, was weighted yet with dreams."
"My father had had to explain to me that giving thanks is not a common practice in India. 'Then how d ...more
I have previously read - and enjoyed - one or two novels and short story collections of Banerjee's. That was the sole reason I picked up Queen of Dreams" from the library, despite having not enjoyed 'Mistress of Spices'.
It was a bad decision.
The biggest weakness of this book is the protagonist, who is complaining, dissatisfied, pessimistic woman. Try as I did, I could not like her, or even appreciate her po ...more
The protagonist's mother is a dream teller, versed in the art of interpreting the dreams of others. Her daughter grows up wanting to understand her mother better, but always getting less than she asks for, automatically excluded by virtue of not possessing the gift ...more
The main protagonist in the book is an Indian girl Rakhee settled in USA whose mother is a dream interpreter who tries to help people by interpreting their dreams. Well the dreams were extremely vague and I could not make head or tail of them. There is no real story or ...more
The book is written from two different viewpoints--the daughter's and mother's. * * *[Spoiler alert] * * * After the mother dies, the daughter asks her father to translate her mother's journals. She discovers that her mother was a dream-teller, an exalted position of oracle in India. Here in the US, she ...more
Rakhi is the central character here along with her mother. To be honest I didn't really like Rakhi's character at first. I felt that she never took responsibility for the way her life was going and she chose instead to blame everything on her ex-husband Sonny or her mother. ...more
“Jangan sampai itu Rakhi, jangan Sonny atau Jonaki. Jangan suamiku yang sudah banyak kukecewakan..”
“Akan sakitkan? Apa setidaknya akan berlalu dengan cepat? Apakah akan terjadi dengan segera? Tunggu! Bagaimana aku bisa mempersiapkan diri? Apa yang harus kupahami?”
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What is lacking in this book is a) A likeable main character (protagonist Rakhi comes across as a very unpleasant person, and her best friend/business partner is no better) and b) A satisfying reve ...more
Well, the short answer is "No", but that doesn't mean "Queen of Dreams" isn't worthwhile. Divakaruni writes about first generation Indian women in America, and there's often a touch of the mystical mingled in with discomfort, difficulties and yearning for India. "Queen of Dreams" is about Rikhi, daughter of a dream teller. Rikhi and her friend, Belle, run an Indian chai house in San Franscis ...more
The problem is that Rakhi is angry almost all the time, and her interactions with the other characte ...more