Once again, Colum McCann deonstrates a gifted ability to tun a phrase and tell a story. Journey into the very soul of Zoli, fashioned after a famous Romany poetess. Travel Eastern Europe as she must survive by first being co-opted as a Gypsy spectacle then as a wounded, hunted, shunned victim of her times and her ancestry. Feel her pain, her joy, and her spiritual journey as revealed by McCann's elegant, soulful prose. Fabulous book!
Although this book starts off in a very intriguing manner, I am sorry to say that this is my least favorite Erdrich novel to date. The plot seems to diverge in too many directions to keep my attention. Could be my frame of mind, but nonetheless that is my take on this novel. It certainly addresses the themes of the co-existence of the Ojibwe and the rest of the population and the complexity of that coexistence.
This is an intense, disturbing, horrifying, and yes, thought provoking true story of migration to the United States from Mexico. A must read if you ask yourself why this whole immigration issue is so complicated.
This is a story about falling from grace. What happens when all money, safety, power are stripped away overnight, by mistake. How do people survive? To what lengths will they go? How does one build a new identity and a new life. All of these questions are addressed in the midst of a murder/suspense novel. Well done, William Boyd, well done!
A tragic, poignant tale of deep pain, deep love and the consequences of both. Stedman creates characters who are oh so human, who make horrid choices and must live with the consequences, yet are good souls at heart. It is an engaging tale with the isolation of the lighthouse keeper's life mimicking the solitude with which one endures guilt, feels sorrow and also experiences love. Very nice debut!
This work of historical fiction was excellent. The protagonist, whom the reader meets at age 7, is engaging, heartrending, strong, and very human. The reader learns the history of Hawaii's annexation by the United States, learns about the leper colony on Moloka'i, and about what humans can endure with spirit, dignity, and integrity in tact. The plot covers Rachel's lifetime as a leper, as a woman, and as a member of a community of people who lived with the horrible stigma of a disease which was not understood. I was completely drawn into the story and kept shooing people away who attempted to bring me back to the present. The book seemed easily analogous to the lives of HIV/Aids patients today. Excellent read!
This is a dark and hopeful story of people stuck in and finding ways out of terrible situations, about sex trafficking in Bangkok, and about the power of love. Poke Raffert is an intriguing protagonist, and I will likely read the next in the series.
I read this in one sitting. Llosa offers the reader an erotic, provocative, shocking view of the human spirit. The narration moves from the tale of a man, his second wife and his son to interpretive narration focused on classic works of art. His theme takes the reader deep into the instinctive and sensual part of their being and boldly suggests that it is a fine line between what is a human being's dark side and evil. Where does sensuality become depravity? The references to and interpretations of the classic paintings speak to the timeless nature of our darker yearnings and the dilemmas they create. Do not venture into this one unless or until you prepare for an unsettling read.