This is my second book I've read through the goodreads first reads giveaway program, and I continue to be impressed with what I've received. I reallyThis is my second book I've read through the goodreads first reads giveaway program, and I continue to be impressed with what I've received. I really enjoyed this book of short stories about the relationships between mothers and daughters. The pieces that carried you through the Ruby-Nora saga were great. The author really gives you a feel for the characters. This book definitely made me interested in reading further works from Ms. Serber....more
This is my first Goodreads Giveaways book I received, and if all that follow entertain me as much, I will be quite happy.
For the story itself, I haveThis is my first Goodreads Giveaways book I received, and if all that follow entertain me as much, I will be quite happy.
For the story itself, I have to admit that when I began it, I thought "oh dear, this guy is a great storyteller but this seems to have a biased agenda of anti-capitalism". While I enjoy the dystopian genre, I sometimes get a headache when people are too much against one certain thing, as though they had given no other issues a probing look as well. Upon reading some of the comments here, I didn't feel any better about the book's prospects. However, I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and although its slant is anti-corporatist, for good reason, I was greatly pleased to see the author's intellect resounding throughout the storyline in the arguments presented by the more knowledgable characters, as all -isms are held up to the light of reason. Not to mention the fact that, as I stated above, the author is a great storyteller. I never lost interest in where the book was going and the characters and settings are very believable. Through the voices of the characters the author posits many philosophies that would serve well as reminders for us all, lest we give ourselves over to a similar future, as far as "the greater good" goes. For those not familiar with Ayn Rand, some of the references may not be as apparent, and I suppose it's all a matter of perspective (no management pun intended), as I am quite the fan of Rand's works and I saw a fellow commentator on here, who obviously felt the book was at odds with Rand's teachings, whereas I felt it complimented them. What I'm saying is, whatever side or straddle of the fence you may be on, regarding those topics, you will enjoy this book. Grab a copy and encourage him to write another. He says he can't write, but the man's got talent.
If this comment is disjointed in any areas, forgive me, I've just started drinking my coffee....more
I received this book through the Goodreads Giveaways program. This book was a slow-starter for me, mainly due to the fact that I was woefully uninformI received this book through the Goodreads Giveaways program. This book was a slow-starter for me, mainly due to the fact that I was woefully uninformed on the Desi culture (or any Indian culture, for that matter) and so I would re-read things a couple of times and sometimes stop to do some research when something piqued my curiosity. Once I got familiar with many of the terms the book rushed by for me. I really enjoyed the story. I must say, I had no idea that "modern" Indian-Americans were at all open to the concept of an arranged marriage, no matter how traditional a role those relationships had played in their ancestors' pasts. Although, I have discussed with friends before that arranged marriages may be a lot smarter than the choices some people make on their own. My mother had an Indian friend in college who participated in an arranged marriage, having only "met" and "known" her soon-to-be husband through letters and phone conversations. When my mother and her friends (this is the 70s, free love and all) questioned her about her acceptance of the arranged marriage, she very wisely said "Love is a verb. I do not love my husband now, but I will grow to love him." I did, of course, like this story even more because it was a love story, although I would love to read a story about an arranged marriage that became a love story, like my mother's college roommate intimated hers would become.
I'll definitely read another book by Shobhan Bantwal. This was a very enlightening and entertaining read....more
I never thought I'd run across a book that contained not only my interests in witches and vampires, etc., but would also contain my genetic love, mitoI never thought I'd run across a book that contained not only my interests in witches and vampires, etc., but would also contain my genetic love, mitochondrial dna, replete with references to the seven daughters of Eve. Well played, Ms. Harkness, well played....more