This was a very uncomfortable read for me, I was looking forward to reading a bit about the history behind the Spanish inquisition. Categorised as a hThis was a very uncomfortable read for me, I was looking forward to reading a bit about the history behind the Spanish inquisition. Categorised as a historical fiction I felt it fell short on the history part. The general story I really enjoyed I did struggle to find resonance with the main character. On the one hand the actions of all parties did not shock me as much as it should have. It made me wonder in what kind of society we are living in if killing innocent people does not make headline news and has a whole community in uproar the way it used to. The book makes you question your ability to tolerate different religious aspects, morals and ethics which was one of the main reasons I found it such an uncomfortable read. In that sense the book defnitley succeeded in allowing me to reflect on my morals and values.
I enjoyed the first book in the series much better than the second book. Even for this genre the story in some places just pushed the envelope too farI enjoyed the first book in the series much better than the second book. Even for this genre the story in some places just pushed the envelope too far out of the realm of believabily. I do not expect it to be real or even close to reality but it should still feel like I can believe in the possibilities. Too much of the book revolved around the weird "flying hornets" like creatures. Did not like that part at all....more
Words cannot even begin to describe how much I loved this book. Rani Manicka takes you on a journey like no other. When a book makes you think of howWords cannot even begin to describe how much I loved this book. Rani Manicka takes you on a journey like no other. When a book makes you think of how you live, how you love and how you treat the ones you love it surpass any possible expectations. You cannot help but stop and reread sentences as it is poetic in its language but harsh in its statements. My exposure to the Hindu religion was very limited up to this point. Throughout the story you are being exposed to the wonderful tales of the different gods and how it interlinked with customs and tradition.
This is one of those books that had a lasting and profound impact on me. I keep going back to certain scenes, passages and wonder about the fate of certain family members.
This book was recommended to me by Tania Coetzee and what a powerful reminder of our ability as humans to secrecy, betrayal and love unconditional. SoThis book was recommended to me by Tania Coetzee and what a powerful reminder of our ability as humans to secrecy, betrayal and love unconditional. Some actions by the characters left me perplexed,confused and utterly sad. Some of the statements and comments really made me stop in my tracks and consider the intense meaning and cruelty of war and the affect that can have on humanity. "They had given him as good a life as they could. He wished he could have given them a better death". Life intertwine and reconnect in this story in the most beautiful and cruel way you can ever imagine. Worth living, worth telling and a war worth remembering. "You are mine. I recognize you. We twist our souls around each other's miseries. It is that which makes us family"....more
I cannot even begin to explain how much I enjoyed this book. Historically rich and characters I became so invested. What if you could live your life oI cannot even begin to explain how much I enjoyed this book. Historically rich and characters I became so invested. What if you could live your life one memory at a time? What if you knew you could change your own fate or those you loved? Will you? What will the consequences be?
I was so surprised by the historical descriptions and detail that was included in the different stories, how one person's actions can change history. For good or for bad. The story gave a lot of insight into the period when The Blitz took place. I knew very little of this historical events. All elements and story lines in this book made me ponder and reflect on my own destiny, morality and sense of purpose and oh, how unexpected.
The first couple of chapters I struggled a bit but once I got into the rhythm of the book it started flowing and took me on such a wonderful journey truly resonated with me. Wonderful pieces from the book sums it up much better than what I can; "it's as if....you walk into a room and your life ends but you keep living" , "it was a long time ago now. And it was yesterday".
I can't help but too close by saying a must read for All. Cannot think of a more appropriate way to stop praising this book:
Let me pour forth My tears before thy face, whilst I stay here, For thy face coins them, and thy stamp they bear, And by this mintage they are something worth, For thus they be Pregnant of thee; Fruits of much grief they are, emblems of more, When a tear falls, that thou falls which it bore, So thou and I are nothing then, when on a diverse shore.
On a round ball A workman that hath copies by, can lay An Europe, Afric, and an Asia, And quickly make that, which was nothing, all; So doth each tear Which thee doth wear, A globe, yea world, by that impression grow, Till thy tears mix'd with mine do overflow This world; by waters sent from thee, my heaven dissolved so.
O more than moon, Draw not up seas to drown me in thy sphere, Weep me not dead, in thine arms, but forbear To teach the sea what it may do too soon; Let not the wind Example find, To do me more harm than it purposeth; Since thou and I sigh one another's breath, Whoe'er sighs most is cruellest, and hastes the other's death.
It was such a treat to read a local story by a local author. A wonderful read leading you through a diverse range of characters. A murder mystery addrIt was such a treat to read a local story by a local author. A wonderful read leading you through a diverse range of characters. A murder mystery addressing current socio economic issues in our country. ...more