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One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Jun 13, 12

Read from June 11 to 12, 2012

ONE AMAZING THING by Chitra Divakaruni
While reading ONE AMAZING THING by Chitra Divakaruni, I couldn't help but think about how life juxtaposes itself against misery and a sense of peace. Nine people have been caught in a building when an earthquake strikes. No one is prepared for this sudden disaster which will interrupt their lives and maybe ultimately leave them dead for days or months until rescuers find them. I asked myself what do you do in such circumstances? I've been told never to panic. I must try to remain calm. In the novel Cameron, an African American and Tariq, a Muslim and a few Native Indians find themselves about to flip out against one another by losing their tempers and choosing who should become the leader of this small pack of people. Rather than watch humans become animalistic simply because death is staring them in the face someone decides each person should take time out to think of an amazing circumstance in their life. This is a great plan. Think of something that has happened amazing in their lives causes each person to think less of their present dreary circumstances.

At first, I had doubts that in real life telling stories could take a person's mind off a building caving in or flooding or having some very hard object splatter their head or smash their body. However, as each person, down to the youngest person, Lily, told their story I realized there is such a strong force in people to fight, struggle and find a way to survive disaster no method to survive is inconceivable. In other words, no idea is silly or could not happen. I think it does not take long before a creative choice is made to to remove ourselves from death. Therefore in some way, ONE AMAZING THING, also gives insight into how we feel about death. Once I accepted the fact that we definitely run hard and fast away from death I thoroughly enjoyed and waited anxiously for each story to be told by the people locked in a couple of rooms with a ceiling crashing above their heads and a floor beneath their feet flooding with water.

Each story is totally different. The tales left me respecting the strength of the individual. I applauded Chitra Divakaruni's ability to shift back and forth from the stories being told to the death rooms these men and women were living in against their will. I look forward to reading more books by Chitra Divakaruni. I know she is very famous. I often hear or see her name. Now I know why she is discussed in such glowing terms.

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