So apparently, there is something wrong with my network. How I am on the internet is beyond me then. BUT that is why I haven’t posted a vlog. Because of that my reviews from now on will be in written form. I’ve finished three book this past 2 weeks. So, I figured I’d share them together.

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Synopsis:(from Goodreads) “THE JOY LUCK CLUB explores the tender and tenacious bond between four daughters and their mothers. The daughters know one side of their mothers, but they don’t know about their earlier never-spoken of lives in China. The mothers want love and obedience from their daughters, but they don’t know the gifts that the daughters keep to themselves. Heartwarming and bittersweet, this is a novel for mother, daughters, and those that love them.”

A beautifully written book that captured mother-daughter relationships in a realistic way. Not only did she share the generation gap that can create a wall, but the gap between immigrant parents and their children, who are Americanized.
Each chapter hooked me and kept me wanting more, but what was problematic was how easily they were forgettable. Each chapter is in the perspective of the mother or daughter and when moving to a different chapter and coming back to that person, I would have to go back and try to piece together who was who again. I felt that this was caused mainly because it wasn’t a united story, in which I mean there wasn’t one story that united them together. Yes, they all knew each other, but other than that there wasn’t anything to tie these characters into one story. In the end I felt that each of these four stories, could have been separate books and if it had been she could have really delved into their relationships further.
But because each of these stories was so well written, I had to give it 3 stars. I will pick up other works of hers. As this was her debut novel, I felt I could give her the benefit of the doubt and her writing was truly wonderful.


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Synopsis: (From Goodreads) “In the aftermath of the brutal violence that gripped western India in 2002, Karsan Dargawalla, heir to Pirbaag – the shrine of a mysterious, medieval sufi – begins to tell the story of his family. His tale opens in the 1960s: young Karsan is next in line after his father to assume lordship of the shrine, but he longs to be “just ordinary.” Despite his father’s pleas, Karsan leaves home behind for Harvard, and, eventually, marriage and a career. Not until tragedy strikes, both in Karsan’s adopted home in Canada and in Pirbaag, is he drawn back across thirty years of separation and silence to discover what, if anything, is left for him in India.”

Karsan reflects on who he is, who he’s suppose to be through telling about his life’s journey from childhood until coming back home. I absolutely loved this book. Karsan and his story felt so real and tangible. His struggle with his religion and identity was relatable and I felt for him. This book was moving and powerful and I learned a lot about things that I knew vaguely but never in details. This book made it become real.

This is a book, I can’t really explain well why I loved it so, but it was a beautifully told story set in India surrounding a lot of the turmoil that was going on there, about identity, family, religion/spirituality. It was wonderfully done, which is why I gave it 5 stars.

Image result for my brilliant friendSynopsis: (from Goodreads) “The story begins in the 1950s, in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples. Growing up on these tough streets the two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else. As they grow, as their paths repeatedly diverge and converge, Elena and Lila remain best friends whose respective destinies are reflected and refracted in the other. They are likewise the embodiments of a nation undergoing momentous change. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighborhood, a city, and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her protagonists, the unforgettable Elena and Lila.”

I enjoyed this one immensely. The story and the friendship between Lila and Lenu(Elena) drew me in and had me hooked from the start. Throughout I felt Lenu trying to explain and to understand herself the friendship  she had with Lila, and throughout we see the complexity of it and how they perceived one another, which affected the way they treated one another.

It came to life through the elderly Lenu telling her story, but the writing was difficult to get through grammatically wise. I felt at times the sentences were jumbled, had too many commas, or not the right kind. These things took me out of the reading at times and I have to wonder if it is because of the translation.

Either way this is a very strong first book in a series, with a wonderfully told story with characters that came to life. In the end I gave it 4 stars.