Oh man, did it take me a long time to finish this book! 1 or 2 years I think. I dropped it midway, and picked it back up where I left... I would give...moreOh man, did it take me a long time to finish this book! 1 or 2 years I think. I dropped it midway, and picked it back up where I left... I would give it 2.5 stars but unfortunately, goodreads only allows whole numbers :)
Anyway, I really got glued to the first half of the book and thought it was great! It talked about all the laws in Judaism that the orthodox people in Israel follow, a real eye-opener and very interesting.
It was also interesting to see how a girl who was so much into sex and drugs sought after religion to fill the emptiness within her and attempted to marry someone to fill the emptiness and later on, she realizes that the emptiness is still there... I liked the ending as well.
There were some parts in the book that got super boring and I found it to be a little too much about her, but then again, this is a memoir after all. But what I'm talking about is, she constantly felt empty and neglected at times and this theme was very common throughout the book.
Overall, it was alright. Great first half, but bits and pieces boring, and I loved the ending where she re-united with her sister and saw her for who she actually was, rather than idealizing her or showing her off to others as something she wasn't, like her mom used to do. (less)
I'm giving up on this book. Its way too familiar to me, also, I'm just sick of hearing about hindu-muslim riots.. terror attacks... terrorists... Alth...moreI'm giving up on this book. Its way too familiar to me, also, I'm just sick of hearing about hindu-muslim riots.. terror attacks... terrorists... Although its sad what happens, I'm just sort of done with the topic.
Also, much of what Mehta talks about, I'm way too familiar with, and I don't like familiarity. Although what he writes (after only reading 69 pages) is quiet true, its not the absolute truth. This book could have been written with a different perspective as well, meaning, India is very diverse, including financially, there are the poor, middle class, rich class, very rich class and they all have access to different ways of living...
This book is probably great for those who aren't familiar with what happens INSIDE India and for those who like reading about things they can relate to. Just wasn't for me. (less)
What I didn't like was the writing. It sucked. Its annoying when you have to look up like 15 words in the...moreI liked the plot, the story, the characters.
What I didn't like was the writing. It sucked. Its annoying when you have to look up like 15 words in the dictionary for every page because the author has used and abused the thesaurus a bit too much. You give up on the dictionary and move forward without understanding all the "exotic" words.
I also did not like the sentence structures, made it difficult to get full grasp of whats happening in the story and makes you want to reread the sentences because they don't click the first time you read them.
Too many descriptions.
I feel if this book were cut in half by taking out all the run-on sentences and cleaning up the writing a bit, it would have been a lot better.
Haven't thought about moving forward to the new moon yet, since this one gave me a giant headache while reading.