I first read this short story as a high school sophomore. It left a deep mark on my heart. I don't think a day goes by that I do not think about it. TI first read this short story as a high school sophomore. It left a deep mark on my heart. I don't think a day goes by that I do not think about it. Thus, I found myself thinking of it again and thought I would read it. It is a haunting and heartbreaking as ever. Carver gives us all the trappings of a ghost story, creating a sinister thrill, but, just here and there, Cable lets us know that there is nothing ghostly here, just a deep love. ...more
The Windfall makes for a very enjoyable way to pass some time. The characters are amusing - rather Jane Austen in Delhi. Two intelligent, balanced womThe Windfall makes for a very enjoyable way to pass some time. The characters are amusing - rather Jane Austen in Delhi. Two intelligent, balanced woman are trying to navigate major life shifts while maintaining their integrity, sanity and decorum while most of the men seem bent an making asses of themselves.
The Jha's have just made a fortune through the sale of Mr. Jha's website. Now, he is eagerly moving his family from a middle class housing development in clamorous, crowded East Delhi to posh digs in Gurgaon. Mrs. Jha is hesitant about the move. A quiet, unassuming, gracious woman, and seemingly old-fashioned woman, Mrs Jha is actually a trailblazer. After marriage and the birth of her child, she continued her career as an intermediary between traditional artisans and the city markets. We meet the Jhas on the evening in which they have gathered their close friends from the housing complex for a dinner party to announce their move. Mr. Gupta, envious and brash, doesn't make this easy. On the other hand the widow Reema Ray tries to smooth the way. Son Rupak makes an appearance. He is home for break from school in Ithaca, NY (no, not Cornell) where he is working on his MBA, without much success. As his parents navigate their big announcement, he is consumed with how to tell his parents about his Red, White and Blue American girlfriend.
At last they move to their upscale bungalow where Mr. Jha engages in an unspoken game of one-ups-manship with his tacky neighbor Mr. Chopra, the proud owner of a Bollywood-esque ceiling painting of Michelangelo's Creation of Man in his domed entry way. A skewed nouveau-riche logic pervades this contratemps - for instance, having a slacker son to support is desirable since it proves you are wealthy enough to support him. Meanwhile, Mrs. Jha languishes in the quiet and peace of Gurgaon.
As a dear side story, a nice little gem, Basu finds a match for the lonely Mrs. Ray. The relationship allows her to examine the pros and cons of the old ways and the new ways in the mating game. Both she and her new friend are delightful. I wish that they had been more developed. This would be the one thing I would like to have seen, more development of - Mrs. Ray, and also Mrs. Jha. Their story though is a quieter one which would also mean less of the wry comic standoff between Jha and Chopra. Basu actually achieves a nice balance of comedy and thoughtfulness. Yet, I do think The Mrs. R and J might warrant a story all their own....more
This book is an excellent resource with about 5 fully developed units. The units include fairly challenging activities with templates, detailed instruThis book is an excellent resource with about 5 fully developed units. The units include fairly challenging activities with templates, detailed instructions for implementation and CC alignment mapped out. For my purposes, one unit actually falls into our 6th grade curriculum (mythology) but still it's templates could be used for other units. This book was provided to me through Librarything's Early Reviewers program in exchange for an impartial review. ...more
Jealousy, spite, lies, blind devotion all combine to bring down the flimsy house of cards built on pride and arrogance. Two children - two egg twins -Jealousy, spite, lies, blind devotion all combine to bring down the flimsy house of cards built on pride and arrogance. Two children - two egg twins - a boy and girl watch their world, which was precarious to begin with, erupt one Christmas holiday. Typical of all children who feel put upon, they decide to run away from home, thus unwittingly setting in motion the tragedy which fractures their family forever. Life among the Syrian Christians of Kerala is as hemmed in by age old conventions about caste and gender as that of their Hindu neighbors. When time and again members of the family push against these conventions, tragedy ensues. Yet, the tragedy might have been averted if not feed by Baby Aunt's perverse malignancy born of jealousy and thwarted love.
The author's style is unique. She flips in and out of time setting and narrative points of view. Interestingly she endows central characters with iconic symbols reminiscent of the religious art of Christianity and Hinduism. Often at critical moments the character is identified not by name but by their symbol or by the two together giving these doomed lives a touch of the holy. Roy's use of our imagery is hypnotically striking. ...more
When a book receives the press that White Teeth did, I expect to be blown away. I wasn't. I will say that the book is an ambitious one of Dickensian sWhen a book receives the press that White Teeth did, I expect to be blown away. I wasn't. I will say that the book is an ambitious one of Dickensian scope. While it is at times humorous, the humor is a bit overreaching - too obvious. Smith employs one of Dicken's tricks, which Dicken's borrowed from the humorous novels of Smollet and his ilk, the "humour" or "tic" or "hobbyhorse" that infects nearly every one of a character's turn on the stage. Samad's obsession with his ancestor Pandi, for example. Humor built on this is tiresome to me. Similarly, her overarching motifs such as teeth are Dickensian.
The characters are never fully realized, but more driven by some inner pre-programed clockwork rather than forces of their circumstance. They never seem more than "types" to me. Once again, Dickensian. Clara and Irie alone seem to have much meat on them, and Clara is given very little word count.
Entertaining enough in the beginning, but not the brilliant tour-de-force I was expecting. By the end there is so much hard-headed, weak-minded fussing and cussing it became a sodden bore. I skipped great chunks of chapters....more
Grueling! In a good way. Sort of. Ferrante's novels are never going to let the reader relax. They churn and groan to their tortured conclusion. Yet, tGrueling! In a good way. Sort of. Ferrante's novels are never going to let the reader relax. They churn and groan to their tortured conclusion. Yet, they remain immensely readable and important explorations of human relationships. In Troubling Love, Ferrante examines the relationship between mother and daughter. Though the reader may initially expect this troubling love to be between the mother and her lover, that pales in comparison to the acquisitive, all consuming jealousy of the narrator Delia.
Ferrante is not for the squeamish. To say that she looks at life, warts and all, is to put it more than lightly. You will not be comfortable reading Troubling Love. It lacks the narrative clarity of the Elena series, but then that has much to do with the confused mental state of Delia whose twisted memories segue way with the present. It is hard to know what is true and what is not. In that way Ferrante captures the psyche as it really is, a squirming bundle of desires, repressions and disappointments. ...more
I haven't made anything from the book yet. It's organization is unique as are the way the recipes are presented. There is not the usual listing of ingI haven't made anything from the book yet. It's organization is unique as are the way the recipes are presented. There is not the usual listing of ingredients. However each recipe is written in one paragraph. The instructions are clear. While some recipes call for ingredients not usually in the pantry, a good many use common ingredients. ...more
Three stars for now. There are a number of promising recipes; however, the unfamiliar ingredients may pose a problem. Likewise, the "cursive" typograpThree stars for now. There are a number of promising recipes; however, the unfamiliar ingredients may pose a problem. Likewise, the "cursive" typography is difficult for me in recipes. ...more
Good points-the authors make a good case for implementing genius hour, are somewhat inspiring, offer some solid suggestions for supplementary materialGood points-the authors make a good case for implementing genius hour, are somewhat inspiring, offer some solid suggestions for supplementary materials such as videos and picture books
Less stellar - no really solid ideas for structuring and implementing genius hour other than a short appendix with rubrics and such. Quite repetitive. Uninspiring photographs and visuals.
In short - good starting point if you want to know what genius hour is all about. Good Common Core alignment graphs to support implementation if your admin is hesitant. Definitely for the very new to the idea. ...more