Just finished this book yesterday but then I had begun it only the day before yesterday. It has been with me since last August, when I had dared to stJust finished this book yesterday but then I had begun it only the day before yesterday. It has been with me since last August, when I had dared to step aside and gift myself an Indian author's book for my birthday. However, this kept me hooked though I used to be averted to reading Indian fiction books due to the mere dryness of names and writing style. Divakaruni has changed my view a little. Oleander girl is a hooking story of romance and family and promises and offers contrasts of India and America, each with its simplicity and complications. Well developed characters are another pro of this lovely book. Satisfyingly written, but I had doubts about the voice in some parts, where some conversations were written as reported speech but still without a reported style. There the characters detached from the narrative voice. Like for eg. The sentence: What can Rajat do to stop the downward spiral of his family's fortunes? - This is actually a thought in the midst of a section with Rajat's POV. But interferes with the flow of thoughts as well as makes it more like a part of a back cover blurb than a character's thought. There are many like this except in Korobi's first person PoV. Some reactions of characters seemed quite immature, owing to the fact that otherwise they are totally erected as mature characters. Like contradictory behviours in the same characters. And some scenes that quite didn't blend into the book like the character Bhattacharya and his sudden angelic change towards Sarojini and her crumbling house and temple. And Soniya, Rajat's venomous ex-gf, seemed like a female villain cut out from a bollywood movie based on famous people. Korobi's story would have felt more real without that bit of glittery character that went beyond the naturality of the otherwise enchanting story. But then it would have been difficult to prove Rajat's love for Korobi in the midst of all his irate and complex multitude of emotions and dark past. (I expected a very dark secret in Rajat's past, as it was often mentioned throughout the book, but it was just a teaser, compared to Korobi's findings of her life and past). Nevertheless, it's a good read and I loved how the author has painted Kolkata and particularly like the character of Vic who Korobi meets in the US. That all characters have their strong and weak sides portrayed with justice is a strong feature of this book. Loved it enough to read it in two days....more
A powerful one. And I am speechless because I have a number of things to say about it and it would still be not enough. Let me just say one thing: ifA powerful one. And I am speechless because I have a number of things to say about it and it would still be not enough. Let me just say one thing: if you haven't read it yet, read it soon. It was nominated for the Man Booker Prize and has received other awards and it was worth every award it got. I see a lot of negative reviews and kind of low rating for the book among some readers, but what I have to say to them is what I just commented on a negative review of Room in a blog I just read. Here it goes:
"Well, I guess you need to be a deeper reader to appreciate Room. :) It might be uneasy to read about Jack 'having some' and such things, but the unease was intended by the author, no doubt. But Jack isn't a brat, not a very perfect kid but he was lovable because he was just that- a human kid with tantrums, curiosity and cute ideas and all that. The exposure to the Outside he lacks can be very much understood from his thoughts. But there are some things that really only the innocence of a kid can see through. When we listen to what Jack has to say when he experiences the Outer world, a good reader can realize how complicated we humans make life. And his innocent, naive observations convey the truth about it which the too busy human race miss out in the process of growing up and living. And I don't know if every mother and child would have done something like Ma did with Jack in similar situations as one reviewer said. Because you forget that everyone are different. Some may not have welcomed the very idea of having her captor's child like Ma did. Some would have just ended their life with something. Emma Donoghue creates two individual characters here with all their specialties and differences of having had a life in 'Room'.
Lastly, you're not intended to feel sorry for them, like Ma herself says to TV show anchor. :) You are intended to just take the journey with Jack and you will know it wasn't that irksome. :) Look a little Inside of the Outside. :)
I wish there was a sequel to know what happened to Ma and Jack later. :) I especially loved Jack's thoughts when he was in the Outside at last:
"Lots of the world seems to be a repeat." And one of his very fair question is: "why do people say "careful" after you've hurt yourself?" :) Jack is lovable, agreeable and original. Kudos to Emma! :)...more
This is one hell of a book. Though I couldn't relate to it, but I began missing my best friends at school too much. I was reading it from classes andThis is one hell of a book. Though I couldn't relate to it, but I began missing my best friends at school too much. I was reading it from classes and dabbing at my eyes. The last part is an emotional treadmill. Such a heart-breakingly beautiful story, and the characters are so alive. I feel a lump in my throat every time I think of the story......more
This is a different one from Nicholas Sparks. With a twist and somewhat mysterious element in it due to the use of two narrations - one the third persThis is a different one from Nicholas Sparks. With a twist and somewhat mysterious element in it due to the use of two narrations - one the third person, and one as narrator - is a good idea. And I loved the way Miles Ryan bonds with his son, Jonah. And Sarah Andrews is a solid character and I was happy that it turned out fine for her in the end. Though the relationship between Sarah and Miles could be portrayed in some more better ways, over all, I liked the book. The small town writing and tiny moments are nice in the book. :) Cheers, Nick!...more
This is so different from Sheldon's books. And while we know this story will end in a tragic way, I had to complete it! It is compelling, intriguing, wThis is so different from Sheldon's books. And while we know this story will end in a tragic way, I had to complete it! It is compelling, intriguing, well-informed, and in the end, justified - for we sure don't want to have a negative feeling like "They got away..."
And Sheldon has taken care of that. I kept hoping things might get better, but I knew they wouldn't, for it's always a good thing that we remember where we came from, how great we grow... And the characters are strongly drawn out. We know them like we saw them... And this story haunted me...than any book I ever read. And though I felt depressed by the story line, I thought about it a lot and knew that this one is a great book, because, it doesn't give false hopes, and it is one that made me kept reading though the characters weren't really the nicest persons in the world.
A deep story that says truth isn't a sweet fruit always... Reality bites... We just have to be careful in the beginning itself.... I give it four stars... ...more
Now, this book has a tiny glitch that it starts with one character and ends with Sheldon's popular heroine Dana Evans. I don't get what that is, but tNow, this book has a tiny glitch that it starts with one character and ends with Sheldon's popular heroine Dana Evans. I don't get what that is, but the plot is great, and so is the suspense. The criminal was so unexpected. We think it's him...him...him....until we are told it's someone completely unexpected! Now, I like THAT! Enjoyed it anyway! ...more
An absolutley wonderful, poignant novel of love, forgiveness and beauty. Unique in setting and characters. It was a moving read, tragic in parts but veAn absolutley wonderful, poignant novel of love, forgiveness and beauty. Unique in setting and characters. It was a moving read, tragic in parts but very satisfying in the end. :) Loved this, one of the best I ever read! :)...more
I found an old bound copy of this book at the public library in town. And it's one of the best of Danielle Steel without being some local romance storI found an old bound copy of this book at the public library in town. And it's one of the best of Danielle Steel without being some local romance story. It was adventurous and moving. Lovable characters and like every other DS book, it also conveys hopes of 2nd and 3rd chances and of true love. Also the historical backdrop was well captured and informative though not boring. Yes, one of my favorites. :) ...more