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From the bestselling author of Sister of My Heart comes a spellbinding tale of mothers and daughters, love and cultural identity. Rakhi, a young painter and single mother, is struggling to come to terms with her relationship with ex-husband Sonny, a hip Bay Area DJ, and with her dream-teller mother, who has rarely spoken about her past or her native India. Rakhihas her han...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 3rd 2005 by Abacus (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
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...more
Uci
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...more
Jen
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...more
Marcy
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...more
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

...more
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...more
Andrea Ika
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...more
Darnia
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...more
Mel

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.
Marina Zala
**Books 103 - 2014 **

mimpi bukanlah hanya sebagai kembang tidur
mimpi adalah suatu petanda..
suatu peringatan tentang masa depan

buku ini temanya adalah mimpi..menceritakan tentang seorang Ibu dan anak perempuannya bernama Rakhi.. dikisahkan si ibu memiliki pekerjaan sebagai penafsir mimpi .. putrinya bekerja sebagai seniman di california, bercerai dengan seorang DJ bernama Sonny dan mereka memiliki anak perempuan bernama Jona..

Rakhi selalu terobsesi dengan kekuatan ibunya yg selalu membantu orang...more
Gowri
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...more
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...more
Aparna
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...more
Quinn
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...more
Diane
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....more
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...more
Stacy
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...more
Cheyenne Blue
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...more
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...more
Sundarraj Kaushik
A difficult book to write review about. At times it looks like self-indulgence of an immature female taking offence at every happening in life, but it is good in parts, especially the bonding between the daughter and father and the reunion with the ex-husband towards the end.

The book is about Rakhi Gupta who is the daughter of a lady who can read dreams and sometimes also dreams others dreams. Rakhi has seen her mother aloof all the time and has not got as much attention as a child would have ex...more
Leah
It has been a while since I have read any books by Divakaruni. Queen of Dreams popped up on my library's Kindle site, and I decided to check it out. I am so glad I did because I have not had such a mesmerizing read in months! This book is definitely not for everyone though. It is mystical and magical and full of coincidences which really are not coincidences. Readers who have to like the main character (something I have never understood) will have problems with this book. The main character is a...more
Marie
It's been years since I read a book by Divakaruni, but if I recall correctly, I loved Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart.

Divakaruni is a masterful writer, but for some reason this book did not touch me like her other books. I had a difficult time sympathizing with the main character. This might have been intentional and is the natural result when someone grows up feeling that she is lacking love and commitment from her mother. I found myself drawn more to the present story than the dream...more
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...more
Annisa Anggiana
“Cara terbaik untuk mencintai orang adalah dengan tidak membutuhkan mereka. Itulah cinta yang paling murni.”

Itulah yang diajarkan oleh Ibunya kepada Rakhi. Dan cinta seperti itulah yang dipraktekkan ibunya kepada dia dan ayahnya. Bagi Rakhi, Ibunya yang seorang penafsir mimpi selalu tampak seperti mahluk yang berasal dari dunia lain. Selalu menjaga jarak dan mengelilingi dirinya dengan benteng yang tidak terlihat.

Ayah dan Ibu Rakhi pergi ke Amerika dari India ketika Rakhi belum lahir. Konon sela...more
Louis
Oct 04, 2007 Louis rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in ethnicity in America
Shelves: bookclub
Queen of Dreams is Chitra Divakaruni's most recent novel. It is about an Indian-American woman, Rakhi, and her mother. Her mother is a dream interpreter, which to her daughter is a mysterious and powerful thing. But her mother had early on determined that Rakhi did not have this gift, and would never share this part of her life with her daughter. In the book, the now divorced Rakhi is struggling with all of her relationships, with her father, her own daughter, her ex-husband and with her best fr...more
Bethany Andrews
Two thumbs up. Way up. This one made me think..and it was one of those that ended long before I wanted it to. You ever read books like that? That end..but you didn't want it to ever end? Occasionally, I stumble upon one..and this was one of them.

The story revolves around a young artist and recently divorced mother, Rakhi, living in California. Rakhi's mother was a dream teller, born with the ability to share and interpret the dreams of others, to foresee and guide them through their fates. A pro...more
Hillary
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winda
"..hal-hal penting-yang tersimpan di dalam relung-relung gelap diri kita- kukira setiap orang mempunyai kesulitan mengungkapkan."

dan buku ini dengan cantik mengungkapkan relung terdalam dari seorang Ibu, sang penafsir mimpi dan sang anak yang berjuang dengan mimpinya. Cerita yang tak terduga, mengupas selubung-selubung rahasia yang selama ini dipendam dalam sebuah keluarga.


selalu suka tulisannya Divarkuni, yang kental akan budaya India ditengah kehidupan Amerika.
Anil Swarup
It is unfair to review a book that one has not been able to understand fully. On occasions I found myself "incapable of deciphering the meaning behind the words" (a quote from the book itself) However, in this case though a large part of the book was incomprehensible, there were indeed some events that made some sense. This book was a disappointment after the masterpiece, "Palace of Illusions" by the same author............or was it someone else.
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“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.” 16 likes
“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.” 15 likes
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