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Black and Blue by Anna Quindlen
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Nov 19, 11

a hardcover i got for only 150 Php on a thrift store. this was well worth it, because first and foremost it’s the kind of fiction that i tend to fall to and love. remember how it felt like after having read a good fiction like The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, The Lovely Bones and the likes? well, Black and Blue went exactly in the same vein with that. the feeling is just like drowning in its pages and riding the emotional rollercoaster till its very last’s just amazing how this book connects to you with its plain honesty and all its humanity and pain. although the last part for me is quite depressing, there are still equal parts in it that will make you laugh and cry. the characters are all so utterly human. each has a way of telling and reminding the reader how it’s like once to be like a mother, a son, a friend, a father, a lover, a teacher, a neighbor, an enemy;and brings with them all its reality and drawbacks. the story centered at first on a marriage destroyed by domestic abuse, sprawling the plot into different directions, like how Fran Benedetto tried to be lost someplace and be Beth Crenshaw, thus giving us a raw depiction of real life through its vibrant casts. the story explores how endearing a mother’s love is of her son, and a son’s to his father. it talks a lot about a person’s attempt to live outside a box of fear; of loyalty, lust, and inexplicable connection among people, of a marriage founded on love and ruined by differences, of stories about friendships and family. Anna Quindlen is such a humane novelist. she has the right knocks on emotions and a big compassion at pulling at our heartstrings, leaving us readers in black and blue at the very last page. i give this a 4/5.
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