Queen of Dreams
Reading the early pages of Queen of Dreams, led me to the nuance of the dim early morning light in Harafish, and the intangible mysery that filled the air like in Sister of My Heart. Its the feeling that always come over me everytime i read Mahfouz or Divakaruni. But even so, each of them has their own beauty. A different beauty in each reading.
By reading the ...more
I got hooked on to her writing after Palace of Illusions and picked this one up by chance. The themes might be different,but the writing style is just the same.The same flowery language and the poetic narration with rich visual imagery that i found in Palace of Illusions is there in Queen of Dreams.
Rakhi is a single mother,a struggling ...more
The Queen of Dreams is so poetically, eloquently written that I literally drifted through one page after another. I floated through the lives of Rakhi, Indian-American artist, and her mother, a Bengali dream teller. Both characters are beautifully and breathtakingly written. They each exist in a sort of limbo: Rakhi born in America but always longing for the ...more
Initially I was disappointed in this book and was not too fond of the main character. However about half way through the book, the different areas of her life start coming together and suddenly it becomes clear. This is a great book that asks a great deal about the role of family, destiny and dreams. It's also a wonderful illustration of what it means to be American and that an American does not necessarily have to be white.
My mother had tried to teach me this. Once when I was persteringly insistent with my questions, she said, 'Everyone breathes in air, but its a wise person who knows when to use that air to speak and when to exhale in silence.' "
Queen of Dreams by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is about a young, rudderless woman raising a smart and innately aware young girl; a young woman clinging to her bitterness and to the fable that her ex-husband is the bad guy in every scenario; and a young ...more
And then came the scenes describing those racist attacks, phenomena that was heard all the way in India - not in main news, even though it concerned India's own people, but in ...more
I was fascinated by the mother, the "dreamer" who dreams the troubles that people have, and the horrific events that are about to occur, and she reaches out to warn ...more
The book is written from two different viewpoints--the daughter's and mother's. * * *[Spoiler alert] * * * After the mother dies, the daughter asks her father to translate her mother's journals. She discovers that her mother was a dream-teller, an exalted position of oracle in India. Here in the US, she ...more
Well, the short answer is "No", but that doesn't mean "Queen of Dreams" isn't worthwhile. Divakaruni writes about first generation Indian women in America, and there's often a touch of the mystical mingled in with discomfort, difficulties and yearning for India. "Queen of Dreams" is about Rikhi, daughter of a dream teller. Rikhi and her friend, Belle, run an Indian chai house in San ...more
Rakhi yearns to understand her mother, a dreamer who insists on keeping her at arm's length. She struggles with her relationship with her ex-husband, which went downhill after he once failed to live up to her expectations and protect her the way she felt he should. Her mother, though distant, has always protected her. When she dies in a car crash, Rakhi and her father find a stash ...more
Rakhi is the central character here along with her mother. To be honest I didn't really like Rakhi's character at first. I felt that she never took responsibility for the way her life was going and she chose instead to blame everything on her ex-husband Sonny or her mother. ...more
The protagonist is a very, if I may say so, cynical character. Throughout the book, I could her a voice in my head saying that the narrative won't get better, but i kept going at it against all hope. The voice was right.
The novel is not one big story, it's a collection of the lives of several people, all of them connected through one person - Rakhi. Things happen, things don't happen, you think that things are happening but ...more
The word magical gets thrown around a little too casually in review circles, but when it comes to Divakaruni's new novel, the description seems apt. More cynical reviewers feel the plot is contrived and the characters hollow. The book's boosters praise Divakaruni's descriptive skills, shifting point of view, and acute presentation of Indian-American culture. The mother's eponymous dreams, presented in separate chapters, add complexity to the narrative structure and drop a heavy dose of mysticism...more
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By now, I should have known what to expect. I read and enjoyed The Mistress of Spices but every book I read after that one was a disappointment. From some reason, I keep reading them though I should know by now that this is not an author I enjoy.
I will start with what I do enjoy and why I do come back for more, which is the ethereal, dreamy fantasy that Divakaruni so gracefully depicts. I especially like the way ...more
The book is about Rakhi Gupta who is the daughter of a lady who can read dreams and sometimes also dreams others dreams. Rakhi has seen her mother aloof all the time and has not got as much attention as a child would have ...more
The story revolves around a young artist and recently divorced mother, Rakhi, living in California. Rakhi's mother was a dream teller, born with the ability to share and interpret the dreams of others, to foresee and guide them through their fates. A ...more
What is lacking in this book is a) A likeable main character (protagonist Rakhi comes across as a very unpleasant person, and her best friend/business partner is no better) and b) A satisfying ...more
Some quotes that resonated:
"Isn't not knowing the only way it is possible to love?"
"Dreams would not come to me in California because it was too new a place. Its people had settled there only a few hundred years ago, and neither its air nor its earth, the elements from which we draw sustenance, was weighted yet with dreams."
"My father had had to explain to me that giving thanks is not a common practice in India. 'Then how ...more