Absolutely loved reading this book. What I loved is the author's honest way of story telling, the living in the ever-mystical-Roof-of-the-world, his bAbsolutely loved reading this book. What I loved is the author's honest way of story telling, the living in the ever-mystical-Roof-of-the-world, his biggest about His Holiness and the fact that he felt Tibet was his home. ...more
The narrative is the reason why I give this 4 stars,. Its not for the story. The book is based on real life stories of the people from an Afghani famiThe narrative is the reason why I give this 4 stars,. Its not for the story. The book is based on real life stories of the people from an Afghani family. Women live in distressing conditions, men don't respect women and treat them like slaves and the rich-poor disparity is large. Overall, depressingly real. ...more
There is something about the way the Latin American writers write. Its like this – they want to tell a good story, with all elements in it. They wantThere is something about the way the Latin American writers write. Its like this – they want to tell a good story, with all elements in it. They want you to remember it well. They also want you to be aware of your surroundings. And they want you to do it all without putting down the book.
Of course, this applies to all the writers out there. But only a few can accomplish all this, and much more. Only some write stories that will stay with you forever. Only some can hold the power on your heart to not want to finish a book. Only some can weave poetry into prose and still tell a good story. And very few can actually make you stay in this world, and yet transport you into a different one, a magical one. And very very few can actually sketch down to the smallest detail, all the aspects of the world they create for you, and all in a few words.
Doubtlessly, Marquez is President of Great Story-Teller Country, and the Minister of Awesome Writers Guild, if there is one. Only he can tell a beautiful story, make it stay with you for every breath you take as long as you are reading it, and make it stay in a safe draw of your brain, the drawer you open when you want to float into a beautiful world, and get lost. But off late, as I am delightfully discovering each new author, I am also discovering the old ones, who are good enough to be in this country that Marquez rules. Well, Isabel Allende is one of those, I now confirm.
How many times have you pursed your lips as you read two protagonists have an argument in a book ? How many times did you feel like wielding a sword yourself and getting into the fight to save your favourite character in the book? How many times have you tried wiping off the drool from your lips as you read the making of a tasty dish in a book you are reading? How many times have you wept tears of joy or sorrow depending on what you are reading? How many times have you said out loud ‘Oh , no!’ or a jubilant ‘Yes’ as you read something good happening in the book? How many times did you read a complete book with same gusto knowing the climax and end of each of the characters much beforehand? And how many times have you been disappointed that the book you are reading has ended?
Well… Ines of my soul is one book which will take you through all these and much more. Its like you are making the journey with Pedro and Ines from Peru to Chile. Its like you are seeing them suffer in the desert. You feel like you are there when the captured are being executed. You feel like you are in Ines’ and Pedro’s bedroom as they are making love. You can literally feel the passion Ines feels for Pedro and the love she feels for Rodrigo. In short, its a trip to Ines’ world, the 1500s Chile, the trip you can never take if not for Allende.
All this while still maintaining a certain poetic lilt in the prose. While still moving the story at a steady pace, leaving you moments to re-read a certain paragraph or a page. And announcing beforehand what is going to happen to each of the characters, thereby challenging you if you have it in you to read forward, if you will go ahead and read it knowing fully well what will happen next. And you will be more than glad to lap it all up. And also tying up all the loose ends. All of them, down to the detail of the descendants of Balthazar, Ines’ dog.
I was on an exciting roller coaster ride as long as I was reading this book. I felt tired as I finished reading the war scenes, and was excited when Ines narrated her love stories. I voraciously wiki-ed all the characters of this book, and read it all.
This book deserves 5 out of 5 stars. For the story that will stay with you for your lifetime. For the free trip to old Chile. And for Ines, Pedro and Rodrigo.
Read this book if you want to go through these, and many more such emotions. Read this book if you want to experience what the fabled South American writing is all about. Read this book if you are remotely even interested in history, or love stories. Read this if you are a passionate person yourself.
Actually, just please read this book, and come talk to me about it… I’ll even learn making empanadas by then! :-) ...more
One of the best books I've read this year for sure.
This book is a portrayal of three strong characters, all women, who do not have anything significa
One of the best books I've read this year for sure.
This book is a portrayal of three strong characters, all women, who do not have anything significant to look forward to in their lives, except to bring a change to the circumstances they live in. Three strong characters who looked out for each other, and had a non-conformist attitude. Three women who were the definition of girlfriends.
I’ve read Gone with the Wind and To kill a MockingBird, and have a fair idea on how bad it could have been for the African Americans to be living in a white man’s world, I’ve even compared it a bit to the Untouchability practised in India (even now in some remote areas), but what I read in this book made me think about the whole issue all over again.
I’ve tasted bile in many places (every time the word Nigger/Nigra was used, for starters), I’ve wept at places where the characters say or do things that touched me, and I’ve been eager to finish the book to see what happens to the story. It took me approximately 7 hours to finish reading this book, all in one day. It was simply un-put-downable. Totally.
I was left to thinking of all the maid’s I’ve had over these years (both the ones who brought me up till I was 5 and the ones whom I’ve hired) and how I’ve behaved with them and how they were with me. Was a mean person to them or would' mine be one of the good stories if they were all to write a book. :-)
I also was thinking about the terrible untouchability practice in India, how millions of people were treated differently just because of some social status, and the terrible things that must’ve happened to them over the past few centuries. It is not much different to what must’ve happened to the poor African Americans, all because of colour.
But I cannot help but commend the way American society pulled itself together, and their change in outlook towards African Americans… Today they even have an African American president, which is such a big deal! ...more
Am done with 7% of the book, its even good, the style of writing and the story and all... but I do not have it in me to read another book based on theAm done with 7% of the book, its even good, the style of writing and the story and all... but I do not have it in me to read another book based on the Nazi atrocities... I've barely recovered from Elie Wiesel's Night and The Book Thief. I've almost vowed to not read any Holocaust based books or watch any movies on that, its too depressing and I get into the sad mood for days afterwards...
Someday when I am upto it, I plan to return to this book and read it... ...more
A wonderful book, in a very documentary-ish, as a matter of fact tone about the problem in Middle East. though I dont think I can ever say I understanA wonderful book, in a very documentary-ish, as a matter of fact tone about the problem in Middle East. though I dont think I can ever say I understand what it is about , I can now safely say that I have my facts right about Palestine, Israel, Gaza, West Bank, Ramallah and Jerusalem....more
I'd give this book 3.5 stars, but cutting it down to 3, only because if the way it ends. Very much like The Help, outlining the relationship between tI'd give this book 3.5 stars, but cutting it down to 3, only because if the way it ends. Very much like The Help, outlining the relationship between the colored people and the white people in their lives, I liked the storyline. I also liked the language used in the book, but felt that the references to bees was slightly overdone. The climax could've certainly been dealt with slightly better. Read this if you want to feel your blood boil at how colored people (is that the politically right usage ?) were treated back in 1960s being denied basic rights and being dealt with like they weren't even humans, and yes, a teenage love story....more
The first chapter is a good enough prelude to make one ready to the mood in the book, but the rest of the book is not anyway like it. There is a certa The first chapter is a good enough prelude to make one ready to the mood in the book, but the rest of the book is not anyway like it. There is a certain playfulness even while describing the saddest of emotions!
Such atrocities caused on women in the name of race, gender, age, sex - that I could feel my eyes well up with tears at some points. Such pain one woman had to see because of her innocence, her color and her gender. Not ever knowing how it is to have a real Mom and a real Dad, being molested by someone whom she called Pa, not even knowing what happened to her children, being married off to someone just so that he can have someone at home to clean it and his kids, and then use her for the night, falling in love with a woman, yearning for her sister and coming out of all this emerging a strong lady - Celie is a strong character, though she starts off as an innocent 14 year old kid. She somehow made me think about the women born in early 50s in India. More or less, most of them had similar lives, saving of course, the incest! Though it is still prevalent in India, Indian women do not have to bear the children out of incest! Or so I think, and I wish to think!
Sofia is another character I loved from the book. Her brashen attitude of being proud of herself, not giving in to Harpo, living her life the way she wanted to, and lying afloat in spite of facing the toughest of times - She is someone every woman should become. Independent, Individualistic and taking pride in being who you are!
Shug though very unconservative is also a very practical character. She starts off as a young, arrogant woman, but over the years mellows into someone who sees people for what they are, and takes interest in their lives. She effortlessly leads Celie into her new world, and gives her a direction making Celie strong enough to live her life without Shug herself.
Nettie is a perfect example of patience. It takes a lot to keep writing to someone without an idea if that person is reading the letters or not - thats what I would call perseverance. The thought of two sisters meeting each other after 30 years is also heartening!
Nothing to write home about the men in this book - all of them including Samuel fade in character and are typical as compared to the women. Alphonso is an animal in a man's garb, Albert though started off as an animal, earned his place among humans by being nice to Sofia and from the stories Shug tells Celie. Harpo shows that he loves Sofia in many ways, but fails to stand up to her when she wanted it. Only Adam proves himself to be a man when he scars his face so that he can make Tashi feel included. A very profound proclamation of love!
The book ended beautifully when Albert and Celie become friends, and they nurture their friendship so slowly, that Albert actually values Celie for the woman she is, and Celie comes to terms and settles her head abuot Shug returning to her, and Sofia staying in with Harpo again. ...more
No, really. You must read this book if you love to read. You must read this book if love stories interest you. And yI'm telling you stories. Trust me.
No, really. You must read this book if you love to read. You must read this book if love stories interest you. And you must not miss this book if you've wondered about soldiers during war, especially around emperors like Napoléon.
Read this book if a well written book interests you. Read it for the pure pleasure of reading, for the joy of seeing the sentences strung together and for a good story....more
This book is a love story of Mehrunnisa and Salim, how life treats them separately, fate brings them together and throws them away and how they sustaiThis book is a love story of Mehrunnisa and Salim, how life treats them separately, fate brings them together and throws them away and how they sustain the love they felt for each other two decades before being finally united. I loved the historic references, the plot and the storyline. However, I felt this was very similar to The Other Boleyn Girl in terms of the predicaments, situations and royal nitty-gritties involved.
The only reason why I wouldn't give this book a 4 star is because the author's writing style didn't do a lit to me. Simple and beautiful but not enough to enamor me, I felt. ...more
Am not a fan of biographies, but seeing that this is by Vikram Seth, an author I've heard a lot about but never got to read, I told myself why not, beAm not a fan of biographies, but seeing that this is by Vikram Seth, an author I've heard a lot about but never got to read, I told myself why not, before I pick up his Suitable boy. And boy, am I glad that I read this book. The plot and the story is a drab, and my general dislike for biographies doesn't help, but Seth is no doubt a fabulous writer. Read this book not for the story, but purely for his writing ability....more
The word 'beautiful' doesn't even begin to explain this book... what this book made me feel as I was reading through it is more beautiful than the worThe word 'beautiful' doesn't even begin to explain this book... what this book made me feel as I was reading through it is more beautiful than the word itself...
To say that I loved the book is an understatement. Am a fan for life of Mitchell, even if this happens to be his only book I might read. His style of stringing words together to express what his protagonists feel is an art, for sure, but the beauty of it is , I felt what each of his protagonists feel... all the love, the hatred, the shrewdness, the horror , the anxiety and the pity. Every time a part in the book ended, I woke up from a trance, gasping for more of his words... it was that good!
The romantic in me wanted a slightly different climax to the book, but I guess the climax enhanced the beauty of this book. I loved the plot, the setting of the story and the characterization of each of the protagonists... but what I loved the most is the strong character he built for Orito Aibagawa, who has now crept into my list of Strong-Female-Literary-Characters... ...more