I love this novel. When i first read the first couple of paragraphs i was stunned by how easy the writting was. Maybe it was the complex and stunningl...moreI love this novel. When i first read the first couple of paragraphs i was stunned by how easy the writting was. Maybe it was the complex and stunningly beautiful imagery of the movie, but i thought this was going to be a challenging literary read. Although i was looking forward to that complexity, i'm glad the writting was straight forward. Sayuri's words flowed throughut the novel as lovely as all her similies.
Sayuri took her time telling this story therefore it only felt natural that i take my time reading it although at times i just wanted to be done with it, but i just could not bring myself to rush through because i was completly captivated by the simple lyrisism of this world and its people. Golden's best accomplishement was establishing Chiyo-chan from Sayuri although they were one and the same. Many times i could almost hear the sound of Sayuri's wisdom giving way to Chiyo's cleaverness and vulnerability when she narratted her childhood, and switching back when sayuri interjected her own narration while speaking in hindsight.(less)
There is something about this story that just sends a chill down my spine. It's one of those tragic life stories that the ending leaves you unsettled,...moreThere is something about this story that just sends a chill down my spine. It's one of those tragic life stories that the ending leaves you unsettled, and chanting "Damn, if only...why Marie-Elena John, why?" As if the main character were an old acquaintance whose life story you just heard. Even weeks after finishing it, i still cannot say that i completely hate the abruptness of the concluding paragraphs, or whether Lillian's reasoning and actions kept the plot that much more honest, gritty, raw and tragic or if it was just a cheap cop out to shock the reader. I understand and don't understand all at once. Either way, this story is haunting and will not easily be forgotten.
The back and forth through time and the exploration of a culture within a culture, the cast of eccentric and colorful characters, makes for a magnificent story. I'm a lover of the non-linear plot, and Unburnable delivers plenty. The story weaves a web of confusion, sadness, insanity, cultural prejudice, the tragic tragedy that is human misunderstanding due to the differences in cultural perspective, and the mistake of depriving someone of their rightful knowledge under the misguided attempt to protect them. The many sides of this fantastic story is just endless, and in retrospect i loved it, although i didn't fully enjoy reading this book, i love the story itself. I hope that makes sense.
Marie-Elena John's writing was confusing in the beginning but when i got into the grove of the novel it was almost seamless. The way she brings her characters to life is just brilliant. I found them likable despite their obvious flaws, they were all fleshed out and had realistic human dimensions. Her descriptions of Dominica and its people whether modern day or in the past was enchanting. She is an author i look forward to reading more from and Unburnable is a story worth reading twice, or more. I have a feeling it'll be less haunting and more settling a second time around. This is a must for anyone who appreciates the complexities of a story dealing with buried family secrets and the dreaded "sins of the father" being the perpetual curse the unfortunate child suffers. (less)
Such a heartwrenching story, what makes it even worse is knowing that little girls and boys are still negelected and abused, by those who should love...moreSuch a heartwrenching story, what makes it even worse is knowing that little girls and boys are still negelected and abused, by those who should love and cherish them. i love Burks writting style and look forward to more books by her.(less)
Excellent, Excellent novel. Khaled Hosseini has such an amazing talent for capturing the human emotion. To me what was most special about The Kite Run...moreExcellent, Excellent novel. Khaled Hosseini has such an amazing talent for capturing the human emotion. To me what was most special about The Kite Runner was the honesty in Amir's narration. His discriptions of his cowardice, his cruelty, his pain, envy, jealousy, his overwhelming desire for approval, love and acceptance from his father, were so true and genuine i felt as if he was real, right there in front of me telling his tale.
Contrary to what i've read in other people review, i don't believe Hosseini's intention for telling the story in Amir's POV was to illicit pity or sympathy for him (because he was just such a coward) i think he just wanted there to be an understanding of how/why Amir thought and did the things he did in his childhood. I have to admit that if Amir's emotions weren't so honest and human i would have hated him as a character. At times he just seemed so useless to me - even his feeble attempts at bravery weren't a saving grace. I also loved that true to reality, he didn't just shed his flaws by the end of the novel, a little something i like to call literary magic - where the character suddenly realizes all the errs of his ways and unrealistically becomes changed, because there are only ten pages left in the book.
There are so many aspects of this novel that i just loved - the portrait of growing up in Kabul pre-war, Afghanistan culture, Kite-flying tournaments, all the secondary characters - but i was disappointed that a big revelation that came halfway through the book was so cliche and predictable, i almost closed my eyes and wished it way.
Also i know i'm supposed to think the Hassan's overwhelming devotion and loyalty to Amir was such a great honorable quality, even admirable, but honestly it had an opposite affect on me. It just made him this pathetic little being - he could stand up to the world on behalf of others but he can't stand up for himself? He can allow himself to be tortured in the worst possible ways, all in the name of friendship? - maybe i misunderstood, maybe i've yet to meet anyone i'd sacrifice so much for, maybes, maybes, but truthfully people like Hassan frighten me. Keeping his silence and turning a blind eye to Amir's cruel flaws, did nothing to make Amir a better friend let alone a better person. Every time Hassan was on the page, i couldn't help thinking, ahha! so it's this kind of blind, unquestioning devotion and submission, that makes it possible for people like Hitler, Bin Laden and other world terrorists to have such power. *shiver, shudder*
But otherwise this was a fantastic novel, i enjoyed reading every page, even the heartbreaking ones because they made me feel so many emotions. (less)
Another excellent find, while browsing through the library bookshelves not looking for anything in particular. The synopsis was so intriguing i could...moreAnother excellent find, while browsing through the library bookshelves not looking for anything in particular. The synopsis was so intriguing i could not leave it behind. i must admit that it took me a couple of chapters to get into the story but i fell in love with the writing right away.
The way that Suri weaves the narratives of each character, is so cleaver, and yet his writing is so simple to grasp while creating complex images of beauty, pain, love and tragedy. all the characters have their own endearments but the story that propelled this novel to four stars for me was the of Vinod and Sheetal Taneja. Their love, and tragedy was so beautifully written, it was as if they were real people.
Filled with such wonderful moments of humor, mythology, culture infatuation, rivalry, rebelliousness, spiritual insanity, love, and everything in between, this is a novel i will always remember in fondness. (less)
I absolutely adore this novel, i don't even know what drew me to it - perhaps the mysterious cover - or where i discovered it but i am so happy i foun...moreI absolutely adore this novel, i don't even know what drew me to it - perhaps the mysterious cover - or where i discovered it but i am so happy i found it. The story was very well imagined and even better written. As i was reading i couldn't help but think of Pan's Labyrinth, just that whole concept of escaping into the dangers of your imagination where all your dark fears reign but managing against all odds to emerge the victor due to cleverness you didn't even know you had. It always fascinates me, especially when authors can create a new world out of something that has already been done and still manage to surprise, thrill, frighten, and even make me laugh. Connelly re-imagines the tales of the brother's Grimm and throws David in the middle of his worst nightmare and greatest adventure.
The creepiness of the crooked man and the huntress was very thrilling to read. The loups, the fortress of thorns, hybrid human creatures, trolls, harpies, hundreds of whispering books, flowers that grow from the blood of lost children, stories upon stories of creepiness, all inter-woven into the imagination and parallel reality of a courageous little boy. I can't imagine anyone who has an appreciation for storytelling and alternate universes not finding something to enjoy within the pages of this story. A superb read indeed. (less)