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Queen of Dreams (Ratu Mimpi)

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Rakhi, seorang seniman dan ibu muda yang tinggal di Berkeley, California, berusaha mempertahankan hubungan dengan keluarganya, serta dengan dunia yang sedang berubah dengan cepatnya. Ibunya adalah peramal mimpi yang terlahir dengan bakat untuk merasakan dan menafsirkan mimpi-mimpi orang lain, serta untuk membimbing mereka menjalani nasib yang telah digariskan. Rakhi terpes ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 2011 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama, PT (first published September 14th 2004)
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Neha
'Queen of Dreams' another mystical creation from the magical pen of Divakaruni... infact her name itself holds the mysticism, secrets & wonderful traditions of India. She is definitely a mistress of story telling and weaves fantasy & reality so beautifully that you seamlessly flow into the waves of the story. She has in her earlier works touched various aspects on Indian fantasy tales & weaved them into the so different American world. How the magical power bearers come looking for a ...more
Annisa Nuraida
Oct 15, 2008 Annisa Nuraida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again i have built a nonsense relation with a book, that usually ends up with returning the book to the shelf before even finished it.
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
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Uci
Dec 31, 2011 Uci rated it really liked it
Selalu ada nuansa magis dalam cerita-cerita Chitra, 'spesialis' tema imigran India di Amerika. Seolah melalui tulisannya, dia ingin memperlihatkan bahwa di tengah kemodernan Amerika yang serba individual dan terburu-buru, ada sebuah oase berupa kenangan tentang India. India yang bijak dan dewasa dalam kekunoannya, India yang berwarna-warni, berbau tajam dan hiruk-pikuk. India yang dirindukan namun pada saat yang sama berusaha dilupakan.

Kali ini dia berkisah tentang Rakhi, wanita muda keturunan I
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Bhargavi Balachandran
Chitra Banerjee's book ,Queen of the dreams is deeply unsettling..There are no other words to describe the eerie feeling that shrouds me after i finish the book..
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
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Nav Sohi
I'm a huge fan of this author, however, I didn't particularly enjoy this book. I think this book had great intentions, but with a lack of plot, it was hard to care enough about the characters. By the time I was towards the last 30 pages, I didn't really care about the conclusion.

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
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Jen
Jul 11, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This the the first book I've read by Divakaruni, but I assure you it won't be the last! I think I have found a new favorite author...

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
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Marcy
Feb 22, 2013 Marcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book I read by Chitra Banerjee. After the first book, I bought all of Chitra's books. This one drew me in, and kept me engaged by the mystery of the man wearing white, who shows up at unexpected times, one time when the dreamer is killed in a car accident as she chases a man wearing white in a black car...

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
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Bookmarks Magazine

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

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Dr.J.G.
Feb 05, 2016 Dr.J.G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this after seeing Mistress of Spices, and for a while it looked like another tale where realities of India are dressed up in extraordinarily exotic garb hiding the reality that is far more complex and beautiful, because the readership in west is unable to take in the latter and is going to think the former anyway.

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
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Kat Ward
Sep 16, 2015 Kat Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Words are tricky.

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
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Luminalsl
Première fois que je suis déçue par un roman de Chitra Banerjee Dibakaruni. J'avais adoré la Maîtresse des Epices et son univers onirique et sensuel. J'avais suivi avec beaucoup de joie le destin de Sudha et Anju sur les deux tomes qui leur sont consacrés et, j'avais refermé le dernier livre avec une pointe de tristesse de les quitter.

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
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Andrea Ika
Apr 13, 2014 Andrea Ika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Queen of dreams, the focus is on relationships, mostly between a mother, Mrs. Gupta, and her adult daughter Rahki

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
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Darnia
Mar 06, 2014 Darnia rated it really liked it
Shelves: india, 2014
I think I'm starting to love Divakaruni's writing since this book (even my introduction book wasn't this one

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
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Maryan
Apr 12, 2016 Maryan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a disappointing read. I was entirely engaged at the outset with the ethereal atmosphere created in the opening section of the dream journals written by the mother of the main character, Rakhi. The mother, a person of depth and inner conflict, is caught between her life work as a dreamer where she dreams the dreams of other people in order to help them live their lives and her responsibilities as a wife and mother. The story is mainly from the point of view of Rakhi who irritated me thro ...more
Kimi
Jan 31, 2015 Kimi rated it it was ok
Shelves: punya, terjemahan, fiction
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.

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
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Mel
Jun 22, 2009 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Gauri Sharma
After having read palace of illusions i was induced into reading something by her again.And i must say palace of illusions was a very good read and my expectations only grew higher when i picked up this book from the library.The concept was different;dream telling a very rare and vague subject dealt with so far.It would be very bad on my part if i say i didn't like the book at all.For me her writing touch was there,the way she explains the slightest of things and especially rakhi's inner feeling ...more
Citra Rizcha Maya
Secara alamiah manusia selalu ingin mengetahui asal-usulnya, sejarahnya. Kenapa keluarganya meninggalkan India untuk hidup di Amerika. Ada apa dengan India? Ibunya hanya mengisahkan India sebagai negeri latar dari dongeng-dongeng sebelum tidur untuknya yang menurutnya misterius, semisterius dengan bakat yang membuat Rakhi terpesona karena ibunya bisa membaca mimpi.
Seiring berjalannya waktu Rakhi dewasa memahami bahwa dia dan ibunya tidaklah sama, mereka melalui jalan yang berbeda, walau di masa
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Mary Beth
Oct 01, 2015 Mary Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this while studying dreams - great synchronizations happening :)
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
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Gowri
Apr 30, 2014 Gowri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There are very few books I have returned half-read to the library - this was one of them.

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
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Shweta Ramdas
Banerjee belongs to that burgeoning class of Indian authors who capture the essence of the immigrant experience. Steeped in the wistful, sepia tones of a life that always has an eye on the past, these books hit home to a homesick NRI.

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
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Dsinglet
Captivating story of an Indian women born in the US but who longs her whole life to know more about India. Her mother is a seer who reads dreams for people but cannot pass her mysterious talent to her daughter Riks. Riks life begins to disintegrate when she loses her muse for painting, her tea house, her husband and finally her beloved mother. She is a float with nothing to hang on to. Help is offered but she rejects at this point, I became frustrated by her rejection of everyone including her f ...more
Aparna
Jan 02, 2014 Aparna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Queen of DreamsI read this book as Chitra Banerjee happens to be one of my favorite authors. However, this book is a big disappointment from her. I have read palace of illusions and sister of my heart and simply loved both of them.

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
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Jazzy D
May 25, 2015 Jazzy D rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
i enjoyed the prose and concept. in some instances, i was bored. i loved the writing but the ending was lame.
Quinn
Jan 23, 2014 Quinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating read about immigrant daughters, mother-daughter relationships that are strained, and the life of an artist struggling to be fresh, new, and pulled in too many different directions.

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
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Diane
Jan 30, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Divakaruni's writing. She has once again proved herself to be a master storyteller. She writes such fascinating stories with such wonderful characters and prose. This is the third book that I've read by her and loved.

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.
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Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
Mimpi.. Ramalan tentang kematian..
“Jangan sampai itu Rakhi, jangan Sonny atau Jonaki. Jangan suamiku yang sudah banyak kukecewakan..”

Aku memahaminya.
“Akan sakitkan? Apa setidaknya akan berlalu dengan cepat? Apakah akan terjadi dengan segera? Tunggu! Bagaimana aku bisa mempersiapkan diri? Apa yang harus kupahami?”

Kematian adalah akhir, namun juga bisa menjadi awal. Kesempatan untuk memperoleh apa yang kau rusak. Apakah kau masih ingat, apa yang sudah kau rusak itu?

Kisah ini terbagi dalam;
Sudut p
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Stacy
Jun 29, 2011 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indian-novels
I really enjoyed "Sister of My Heart". What that novel did well was build suspense and complex relationships, then reveal secrets that make you re-evaluate the former part of the book and see the characters in a whole new light. In that book, Divakaruni came across as an M. Night Shyamalan in fiction.

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
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Cheyenne Blue
Feb 11, 2012 Cheyenne Blue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The question was: could this book possibly measure up to "Mistress of Spices", the author's earlier novel?

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
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Catherine Siemann
The scenario for this book is promising: Rakhi, a young divorced artist, her relationship with her parents, her ex and her child, as well as the coffee shop she and her best friend run, when a large Starbucks-like chain opens up across the way . . . And the mother, a gifted dream-interpreter, who's had to maintain a distance from both daughter and husband because of who she is and what she can do.

The problem is that Rakhi is angry almost all the time, and her interactions with the other characte
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her themes include the Indian experience, contemporary America, women, immigration, history, myth, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world. Her work is widely known, as she has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 ant ...more
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“Words are tricky. Sometimes you need them to bring out the hurt festering inside. If you don't, it turns gangrenous and kills you. . . . But sometimes words can break a feeling into pieces.” 21 likes
“Once I heard my mother say that each of us lives in a separate universe, one we have dreamed into being. We love pople when their dream coincides with ours, the way two cutout designs laid one on top of the other might match. But dream worlds are not static like cutouts; sooner or later they change shape, leading to misunderstanding, loneliness and loss of love.” 19 likes
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