October 12th, 2008

Gratitude, Daily Wisdom- Live, Laugh, Dream, Give
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Review: The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar


# Of book read so far this year: 42

Title: The Space Between Us

Author: Thrity Umrigar

Narrator: N/A

Year Published: 2007

Rating (1-10) 10

Date Finished: 10/10/08

Genre: literary fiction

# Of pages: 352

Where did the book come from: PBS

Number in series: n/a

 

Blurb: Poignant, evocative, and unforgettable, The Space Between Us is an intimate portrait of a distant yet familiar world. Set in modern-day India, it is the story of two compelling and achingly real women: Sera Dubash, an upper-middle-class Parsi housewife whose opulent surroundings hide the shame and disappointment of her abusive marriage, and Bhima, a stoic illiterate hardened by a life of despair and loss, who has worked in the Dubash household for more than twenty years. A powerful and perceptive literary masterwork, author Thrity Umrigar's extraordinary novel demonstrates how the lives of the rich and poor are intrinsically connected yet vastly removed from each other, and how the strong bonds of womanhood are eternally opposed by the divisions of class and culture.

 

My Comments: Oh, I could not put this book down! Once I got past the unusual (to me) names, I was flying through the book – yet didn’t want to go too fast as not to see the wonderful writing. This author is now one of my favorites and I can’t wait to read more of her work. She is Indian-American, and speaks with authenticity and authority about her homeland and her people. She describes it in achingly visual terms, and even the smells come through the pages as one reads. Even though this book is set in far-from-me Bombay, India, there are many issues common to all women, and to all men. Domestic violence, alcoholism, poverty, the haves vs. the have nots… all are covered in this rich volume. Read it. Share it. And tell me what you think about it!

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Covering It...

A small Canadian publishing company once contracted me to produce a cover for one of their upcoming titles. I was given a two paragraph summary of the book, two snippets of praise for the author’s previous work, and a one paragraph bio on the author.

A few days later, I sent off the cover and they sent me a cheque.

Months passed and I eventually came across the book in a store. As I picked it up, I couldn’t help but notice something rather odd. The female torso I had used on the front was gone; in it’s place was a male one. Confused, I picked up the book and started flipping through it only to discover that what I thought was a female protagonist was, in fact, male.

Thus ended any plans I had to become the next Chip Kidd.
  • elthyra

The Name of The Wind

(First review ! I'm French, so please excuse grammar and spelling mistakes :D )

Title: The Name of The Wind
Author: Patrick Rothfuss
Genre: Fantasy
Number of pages: 662
Synopsis:The story revolves around Kvothe, an enigmatic red-haired innkeeper who, as he shares his incredible life story with a renowned scribe, turns out to be much more than he appears. Born into a family of nomadic court performers, Kvothe's unconventional education was broadened by spending time with fellow travelers like Abenthy, an elderly arcanist whose knowledge included, among other things, knowing the name of the wind. After his parents are brutally murdered by mythical beings known as the Chandrian, Kvothe vows to learn more about the godlike group, and after suffering through years of homelessness, he finally gets his chance when he is admitted into the prestigious University. But the pursuit of arcane knowledge brings with it unforeseen dangers, as the young student quickly learns…(from Barnes and Noble)

Review: I picked up this book after reading somewhere it was the best fantasy debut of 2007. Being a fantasy fan, I recently bought it, and while it certainly was great, I did not think this was the best book ever (that title goes to Cyrano de Bergerac). The story starts in the Waystone Inn, and it's easy to see there's something strange about Kote, the innkeeper. Turns out he's really Kvothe (pronounced like "Quothe"), a legendary magician and fighter. The first few chapters are written in the third person, while the rest is Kvothe tells his life story to a biographer. The characters are probably the best thing about the book; they're interesting and fun to read about. Kvothe is a likeable narrator and some characters made me laugh out loud. The story is cliche, but it didn't stop me from enjoying it, even though I sometimes thought the book was a little too long. Some parts I felt could have been left out. Overall, it was a very entertaining book, and I recommend it to fantasy fans.
Overall, I would give it 8/10
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In one day

Does anyone know of any books that the course of a single day? 

I am looking to spend a day reading and I have done that with Return of the Soldier and Mrs. Dalloway and it just seemed to be a real way to slide into the unraveling of the story with a proper appreciation of what can happen in a day.