Review: Street Girl by Rozana McGrattan

 

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“I hear the vibrations of the universe and I call it love.

I want to go to it; need to go to it, need to dissolve in it. It calls me home.

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And real love is the shedding of old feelings, emotions, longings, wants.

And the knowledge that there will be no more turbulence.”

Rozana McGrattan

 

 

 

Street Girl is an autobiography of Ms. McGrattan. This book is her narration of the events of her life, one we see studded with trials and hardships, from the streets of Sao Paulo to the streets of London, from hunger and destitute poverty to owning her own business.

I received this book via a Goodreads Giveaway (YAY!!) a few weeks back. It is the first book that I’ve read that was based in Brazil and one written by a Brazilian author which gives me so many reasons to be excited about this review.

The book begins with a prologue of her narrating a story her father told her, and we are immediately taken in. The story begins with a simple yet vivid narration of Sao Paulo, where I reckon was the turning point of her life, the make it or break it stage, where her decisions were meant to be well thought out.  Thereafter she takes us back to the beginning, and then to where she is today.

I’ve never read literature from South America, so this was a first. I was excited, and as per usual the vibes that the book sent me when I signed up for the giveaway put me into high expectations. I didn’t know what sort of story it would be, but I wasn’t disappointed!  If anything I want more.  I was fascinated to learn about the workings of the country, a glimpse here and there, but that was enough to shine light onto life there.

It’s a quick read. The writing is easy flowing with no awkward breaks. The language is simple, direct, no beating round the bush, and each new chapter of the book is a new chapter of her life. A very straightforward telling of her life’s events thus far, and very compellingly told. You will read about her successes and her failures, her achievements hard earned yet admirable, her relationships; some appalling, which will leave you horror, while others endearing.

A easy read I did say, but I must stress on the contents. Some chapters are not for the lighthearted. Even the author herself warns the reader to skip ahead. I was repulsed by certain incidents she had to go through and in knowing her intentions and her strength of mind; I admire her courage to be able to free herself from these situations. We constantly find her in situations that are not in any way good, especially at her young age, but time and time again we find that she takes to good and leaves the bad aside.

I loved that she found camaraderie in those who have nothing to give her, or help her, the children from the slums. It was a warm feeling to know that kindness and humanness is not something one has to have material possession to embody.  Her position as a girl growing up, and later as a woman making her way toward bettering herself, is something to take note of. She manages to charter her way through the dangerous waters of exploitation and abuse, while keeping her sanity. She could easily have followed the route of many in her position, but she kept to her beliefs and followed her dreams.

I love how she never once blames anyone for the incidents in her life and how it began and the many shady paths it lead her to. I love that she took hold of her own destiny, in the sense that she didn’t expect from others, but worked hard to achieve her dreams.  I cannot imagine how she lived through some periods of her life, but she made it and it gave me hope! And I reckon this story will do so, even by a tiny bit, to anyone who reads it. I love that she shows you can go from poverty to living comfortably, from despair to happiness, if not ideal at least one where you are at peace with ones self if you dare to dream and keep at it.

She believes that a life without knowledge or education of any sort is to be blamed only on one’s self. We find that she snatched at every opportunity to better herself, and she firmly believes that no life experience goes to waste, but builds ones self.

Her poetry is a reflection of all her life’s experiences. Outbursts of a deeper understanding of different aspects of life. I was delighted to find that  I deeply related to a few of them.

 

“When I look towards the light,

do I see the glow of realization,

the purity of perception,

or just the glare of confusion,

without shadow or relief- ubiquitous and implacable?

If meaning is menacing,

If its hell,

Then is it a hell of my own making?”

 

 

 

Its hard to find a fault with the story. I was truly disappointed that the story ended. I would love to know more about the author, and took the liberty to do so. She is truly an incredible woman. Her endurance is admirable; her faith in painting the greater picture is inspirational. If anything this book is a humbling one, portraying not only a life of hardship but also one of holding on to hope.  From beginning to end, one thing was very clear. She always was master of her fate, not letting others tell her otherwise.

 

Street Girl was published on May 28th 2016 by Pen Works Media.

For more on the book or author, you can check out Goodreads and Amazon.

 

 

Lets get talking!

If you have read this book, what are your thoughts on it? Did you enjoy the read?

Do memoirs like this fare as well as works of fiction?

Do you have any recs for me based on this read? I’d love to know.

 

 

 

 

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T5W: Authors I want to read more from!

 

Halloo lovely readers!

Its that time of the week. Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and this weeks topic is Authors I’m Currently Waiting On A New Book From. WhoopWhoop! Yes, we all have a handful of authors you just cannot get enough of. Here’s my five picks. I’m sure that we all have more than five, this task was excruciating lol!

 

Khaled Hosseini

I’d buy anything he writes with my eyes closed! I know he wont disappoint.Does anyone know of any literature in the works by him?? Pls do let me know!

I have read And the Mountains Echoed, and LOVED it. My review here will explain all. Im currently reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, and am bawling with every turn of the page. Please do chck this space in a week for its review! 🙂

 

J.K.Rowling

Ok, I have heard a lot of negative output from the Cursed Child, and I am willing to think she was not fully in her element when she wrote (did she?) it! Her adult novels were a trying read themselves and I’d like to see where else she can take us.

 

Nadia Hashimi

I adore her! Her writing style, and the elements she works with are beautifully balanced. Her The Pearl  That Broke Its Shell is a wonderful piece of woman empowerment embodied. She has her debut young adult novel coming this August, so look forward to it guys. I hope she is working on more novels soon.

 

Cassandra Clare

Again, I adore her writing. I love her combination of magical elements and the real world. I honestly love the TMI series as well as its sister series The Infernal Devices, and so believe they are the next best series to HP, a world I’d wholeheartedly immerse myself in.

 

Ayisha Malik

Her debut novel Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged published in January 2016, was an instant success. I cannot wait to see what more she can do with her honest yet captivating use of words. She has said that sequels to the book are in the works!! Yippie!!

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What Authors would you like to read more from?? Is there anyone in particular? Any one who you’d bring back from the past to spin on last work? I know it’ll be Austen for me! Hands down!

 

 

 

To Like or Not to Like Emma Woodhouse? (my first guest post @ PagesUnbound)

So….. I fangirled over Austen. Again! *Not something new* DO check out the Classics event going on @PagesUnbound and read more on your favourite Classics. ^_^

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Classic Literature Event

This July Pages Unbound is celebrating classic literature with a collection of guest posts. We asked other readers to tell us what one of their favorite classics is and why we should read it.

See that girl in the home sewn ball gown, watching BBC’s documentary on Victorian England whilst sipping on a cuppa tea, pinky finger out and shoulders back, thats me – the classics buff. My readers know me as Cinderzena, to my friends its Zena and to my family I’m just that daughter/sister who reads too much.


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Top 5 Wednesday: Characters I dislike with a passion! SOS~ pls dont unfollow!

Hallo everyone.

I want to thank Lainey @ gingerreadsLainey for this much needed topic XD

 

Diving right in:

1.  The star-crossed?! Twilight trio consisting of Edward Cullen, Bella Swan and Jacob Black. Pls dont ask me for reasons with all due respect. I love the fantasy side of this series, just not these three. Give me Jasper any day >_< Runs and hides from Alice, Ofcourse that’s no use! *Wails!!* if I had to chose one, itd be Bella, if she could make up her mind a bit faster we would’ve had only one book to survive XD

 

2.  Professor Umbridge a gazillion times. I’ve never seen or heard of a human more detestable than her. She has more evil than Voldermort and Valentine put together.

 

3 .  Harry Potter’s love interests

Cho Chang; why is she even in his life *sigh* doesn’t she dump Harry who she clearly had been urging on for a few weeks!

Ginny Weasely; again, why her. I like that she stands for a modern take on a witch but I really dont understand Harry’s choice in women. *bigger sigh* She just seems so shallow.

 

4 .  Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye. I read the book because of its metaphoric value, while all the while wanting to hold Holden by his shoulders and shake some sense into him.

 

5 . Charlie from Perks of Being a Wallflower. I dont understand why but I have a bone to pick with this book. How does he let them all do things to him, almost take advantage of him :/ it upset me very much, and still does.

 

Are there any characters who aren’t villains that you love to hate! >_<

Please do let me know.

 

Until the next T5W,

 

 

Ps: my T5W  of last week was published today, thank you brain for not registering the dates, Y’all pls do forgive my error.

Top 5 Wednesday: Recent Additions to my TBR!

 

Dearest Readers,

I felt immense pleasure and pain in compiling this weeks Top 5 Wednesday

Pleasure: because I get to talk about books I one day wish to own and consume XD

Pain: because I know it will be quite some time before I can acquire them *bawls*

Who can relate?

I’m pretty sure this topic is about to rip a hole in my heart tonight and in my pocket in the months to come! XD Yes I’ll be reading many of these memes tonight.

 

 

So here’s the five latest additions to my ever growing list of books I want to read and reasons why I picked them.

 

No Pretty Pictures, A Child of War by Anita Lobel

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Anita Lobel was barely five years old when World War II began and the Nazis burst into her home in Kraków, Poland. Her life changed forever. She spent her childhood in hiding with her brother and their nanny, moving from countryside to ghetto to convent—where the Nazis finally caught up with them.

Since coming to the United States as a teenager, Anita has spent her life making pictures. She has never gone back. She has never looked back. Until now.

Summary from Amazon. 

 

 

I confess, I love war stories. Yes they are dark and sad, filled with narratives of sacrifice and horror but they help me be thankful for all I have. And yes, I love Nazi war stories more so than others. Is that bad? 

 

 

Tiddas by Anita Heiss

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A story about what it means to be a friend …

Five women, best friends for decades, meet once a month to talk about books … and life, love and the jagged bits in between. Dissecting each other’s lives seems the most natural thing in the world – and honesty, no matter how brutal, is something they treasure. Best friends tell each other everything, don’t they? But each woman harbours a complex secret and one weekend, without warning, everything comes unstuck.

Izzy, soon to be the first Black woman with her own television show, has to make a decision that will change everything.
Veronica, recently divorced and dedicated to raising the best sons in the world, has forgotten who she is.
Xanthe, desperate for a baby, can think of nothing else, even at the expense of her marriage.
Nadine, so successful at writing other people’s stories, is determined to blot out her own.
Ellen, footloose by choice, begins to question all that she’s fought for.

When their circle begins to fracture and the old childhood ways don’t work anymore, is their sense of sistahood enough to keep it intact? How well do these tiddas really know each other?

Summary from Amazon

I have a feeling this book will have a fragmented narrative. Women friendships bought together by books, especially between those of different cultures makes for an insightful read. 

 

 

 

Ruins by Rajith Savanadasa

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In the pent-up heat of Colombo, piece by piece, a family comes apart.

A country picking up the pieces, a family among the ruins. In the restless streets, crowded waiting rooms and glittering nightclubs of Colombo, five family members find their bonds stretched to breaking point in the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war. Latha wants a home. Anoushka wants an iPod. Mano hopes to win his wife back. Lakshmi dreams of rescuing a lost boy. And Niranjan needs big money so he can leave them all behind.

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I’m willing to promote any Lankan lit hereforth on my blog. As soon as I came across this book, I knew I had to read it soon. The civil war in my country is long gone, but not forgotten. We are still healing from those wounds and lives are not yet fully normal. War or no war, human nature is more powerful. I want to see how Colombo, my city is portrayed and I think the story is not going to disappoint! 

 

 

Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women

bfdfRomance, dating, sex and – Muslim women? In this groundbreaking collection, 25 American Muslim writers sweep aside stereotypes to share their search for love openly for the first time, showing just how varied the search for love can be–from singles’ events and online dating, to college flirtations and arranged marriages, all with a uniquely Muslim twist.

These stories are filled with passion and hope, loss and longing: A quintessential blonde California girl travels abroad to escape suffocating responsibilities at home, only to fall in love with a handsome Brazilian stranger she may never see again. An orthodox African-American woman must face her growing attraction to her female friend. A young girl defies her South Asian parents’ cultural expectations with an interracial relationship. And a Southern woman agrees to consider an arranged marriage, with surprising results.
These compelling stories of love and romance create an irresistible balance of heart-warming and tantalizing, always revealing and deeply relatable.

Summary from Amazon

For those of you who aren’t aware yet, I’m Sri Lankan, and yes, Muslim.  I utterly dislike how literature treats Muslims, esp. how they are often portrayed in settings where there is war or some sort of fear , oppressed and seemingly without a life , whilst the majority of us have fears very like most of the ‘normal’ people out there. I know this is a very out there thing to say, but I really want to read books where Muslims, esp. Muslim women are not fit in to the ‘Other’ category. This one discusses struggle we really face, myself too and I’d very much like to see what they have to say. I hope it doesn’t disappoint. I expect a lot from it.  (Sadly like my ideas of love lol, idealist INFP talking here. XD) ~Inshallah here menas If God Wills~

 

 

 

Londoners: The Days and Nights of London Now–As Told by Those Who Love It, Hate It, Live It, Left It, and Long for It by Craig Taylor

 

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In Londoners, acclaimed journalist Craig Taylor paints readers an epic portrait of today’s London that is as rich and lively as the city itself. In the style of Studs Terkel (Working, Hard Times, The Good War) and Dave Isay (Listening Is an Act of Love), Londoners offers up  the stories, the gripes, the memories, and the dreams of those in the great and vibrant British metropolis who “love it, hate it, live it, left it, and long for it,” from a West End rickshaw driver to a Soldier of the Guard at Buckingham Palace to a recovering heroin addict seeing Big Ben for the very first time. Published just in time for the 2012 London Olympic Games, Londoners is a glorious literary celebration of one of the world’s truly great cities.

Summary from Amazon

 

I ‘LOVE’ the UK. If you must know more about me, this is a fact that everyone who knows me knows, even to the little cousins. Everything about it. I’m a classic junkie, I study English literature for a degree and I will willingly wear gowns for the rest of my life though its not necessary, and yes I love a good dose of London during the holidays. Does this qualify me enough to want to read this book?

 

 

Thats only 5 of them sadly, the list goes on >_<  and there’s so many exciting titles I wish I could share with you! Maybe I’ll make that a segment on the blog… Should I??

So tell me if you’ve read any of the above. Or maybe leave me with the title of the last book you added to your TBR, yes that’s a good idea 🙂

 

 

Until next time

 

 

My first Goodreads giveaway book! et etc…

Cue the fireworks, bling bling disco lights and BTS’s FIRE blaring in the background! Some one call the FIRETRUCK!! There is an emergency dance party going down!!!!

Whoop whoop whoop!

YES!!!

YES!!

I received my first Goodreads package yday! ^_^ I feel blessed!

20160715_100235.jpgGotto say I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. Much thanks to Jody Medland over at Goodreads and to Rozana McGrattan for her promising book. SO, please do look forward for the review some time in the coming week! I do not want to give away so much about it, though I’m so excited for a number of reasons!!! >_<

 

On other news, I’ve had a bad case of laptop issues once again. *SIGH* this is getting old innit??

If you’ve noticed I’ve not been blogging much for the past month really. Two major reasons why :

  1. Its been the month of Ramadhan for us Muslims, when we fast from dawn till dusk for a whole month. It was understandably a tiring month, and tons of extra prayers and bits and bobs to be done. Then we had Eid, the festival to mark the end of the fast which was all gaiety and ……..food! >_<  Lots of sweets and sugar syrup lol!
  2. I have issues with having my own space / my own damn device in the very least. Blogging from the PC or attempting to blog from the PC, has been a draining experience for me *UGH* so I opted to not do so altogether. (do I hear a sigh from the blogging community. I feel ashamed :/ – dont emancipate me please!! )

I surprisingly do not regret it as much. Its been a off month even in Uni, and Ramadhan comes only once a year, so why not make the best of this spiritual month eh??

On better news, I might be getting a new lappy this week, ( :O ) so if God wills, you guys can look forward to two book reviews within the week, both of which I’m extremely excited to let you guys know more of!!

 

Hope every one of you has been having better times >_<

Happy blogging!!

 

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Top 5 Wednesday | I need a sequel!

Hallo everyone,

Where do the weeks go? Once one T5W is done, its already time for another of them. Or I’ve been really busy I didn’t notice two T5W’s go past. Sowwy!

So today’s topic is on stand alones or books in series which I would love to see a sequel to 🙂 Its no rare matter that we reader folks grow a partiality to some books over others due to some aspect within the books (the reasons are unique and diverse) Here are my 5 picks for books I would love to see a sequel to 🙂

 

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Husseini

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I want to know how Pari bint Abdullah now feels with her new found extended family. Does she feel connected or more separated than ever due to the differences in culture?

If you wanna know where my thoughts lead from, you can check my review of And the Mountains Echoed 🙂

 

 

Wonder by R.J.Palacio

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Does Auggie fit in as he grows? Does he learn to accept his fate of being sidelined on first sight? Does this change his out look of life?

 

Pride and Prejudice

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I know there are tons of spinoffs and sequels to this book, but there’s nothing like having the original author tell us like it was, to answer our many questions, and put our hearts and minds to rest 🙂

Does the love continue for Dizzie? What will become of Lydia and Wickham? Does Mr Bennet die? Who does Georgiana marry? I need to know these things!

I attempted a lil something with the story myself >_<

 

 

Harry Potter (and now we have it 🙂 )

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Does the need for more Harry Potter related input need any explanation?

Thought so!!!

 

Moving on….

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Cinderella ?

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My love for this story comes from the lessons we girls can take. There’s nothing wrong with being nice, showing kindness and the underrated courage a majority of women have to face day in-day out across the world. If anything its something we are lacking right now.

Fairy tales are real lives after all. Things must go wrong, arguments must be had behind closed doors. I would very much like to know how my pseudo-namesake deals with her new life, her family and her new responsibility as queen.

 

 

Which books would you like to see sequels of? Please do share. As for me, I cannot wait to get reading on HP & the Cursed Child!

 

Until the next T5,

 

 

Top 5 Wednesday| My favourite fathers in literature!

Long time no Top 5 Wednesday !

Yes yes yes. I’ve been a truant playing girl when it comes to T5W these past few weeks, but I was just not feeling the topics. This one though I couldn’t let go without attempting it.

Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by Lainey @ gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam @ Thought on Tomes.

 

Father figures in literature, here’s my picks after much thought and debate. It wasnt easy folks!

 

Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird

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He can be said to be the epitome of fatherhood in the  literary world. Kind, generous, brave and seeking the path of justice. His advice to his children are some we ourselves could do with and has been inspiring readers since the book was first published.

 

Mo from Inkheart

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I love Mo, for all his love of books, and ofcourse for tid bits like the above! I love the close knit connection these two have shared by their love of books and the magic they hold.

 

 

Hans Hubermann from The Book Thief

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I love how Hans saves Liesel’s life by just teaching her how to read. Those late night nightmares and reading sessions are a wonderful look in to the depth of his caring and generous character.

 

 

Otto Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank

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He is perhaps the reason why Anne ever kept a diary, and ironically he is also the reason why we, years later read about the horrors of Anne’s hideout, and the trials she went through growing up.

 

Mentions 🙂

Carson Drew  from  Nancy Drew Series / Song girl’s Dad in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before 

I had to mention these two father figures for their utmost faith and trust in their daughters. For Carson allowing his only child into dangerous cases must be the single most dangerous thing he does day in day out, while the Song girls dad must have worried his hat off at the thought of bringing up three girls single handedly.

Yet all the girls turn out wonderful. What I love is the give-take relationship they all have with their fathers and how the fathers in return know when and how to handle a girl crisis 😛

 

So, who would you chose? Have I missed any literary greats? Please let me know 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

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Synopsis

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

(From Goodreads)

 

Review

“They tell me I must wade into waters, where I will soon drown. Before I march in, I leave this on the shore for you. I pray you find it, sister, so you will know what was in my heart as I went under.”

 

‘And the Mountains Echoed’ begins with a story a father tells his children and this is a premonition to them of things to come. How a brother and sister are separated in childhood. It turns out to be a tale of “the finger cut, to save the hand.” The rest of the story tells us how the hand reacts, and what happens to the finger. For me this book is more than the story of Abdullah and Pari . It is the story of how a twin has to live with the moral burden of hurting her prettier twin, it is the story of two cousins returning to their homeland now as adults, it is the story of a boy coming to an understanding of his father’s real reputation, it is the story of brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, lovers and even the bond of master and servant. It is, in simple words, the story of love and loyalty transcending borders and time.

 For a book that reached the top 10 even before its release based on pre publication reviews alone, and a book that sold approximately 3 million copies in its first 5 months after publication,  And the Mountains Echoed, lived up to all the complexity and magic it was expected to hold. It is the third book by acclaimed Afghan – American author, Khaled Hosseini and it without a doubt cements his name as being one of the most prolific storytellers in this century.

The fact that such simple language, be it the prose or the poetry, can bring to mind such vivid emotions and thoughts is wondrous. I must confess, I read through the last quarter of the book in a puddle of my own tears. No shame here. I was left contemplating thoroughly moved.

His poetry, as well as the stories within this story are compelling in their own right, his philosophy and thinking which we see and feel through his characters show us despite our differences in faith, culture and geography, the dynamics of relationships are universal and basic humanness and human emotion are the same. Our basic instincts and needs are one, regardless of whether we chose to enclose ourselves from the public eye or not. There were many moments when I had read a paragraph, a line or a string of words, when I just sat back and thought of how it affected me in my own story and those around me today.

 

“They say, Find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind.”

 

The book consists of nine chapters, or in another light, nine sub-stories, each from the perspective of different characters who span many generations and from across the globe. The book’s fragmented narrations gives us an indepth look into the characters and we find them all to be surprisingly interconnected, only an arm’s length from each other. These narratives span the past, present and future, and we see the characters encounter each other in surprising and tragic ways.

The familial themes which Hosseini brings into even his third book, is further explored. Sibling relationships and sibling like relationships are put to the test.  I was impressed at his way of talking and showing us the complexity of sibling love, the purity of it, as well as the good, bad and ugly aspects often left unventured. We are left heartbroken on some and deeply conflicted on others. Siblings are reconnected, but not in how our hearts expect them to. In fact none of the endings are satisfactory, and Hosseini is clearly trying to tell us something. Is it that, in his words,

“Nothing good came free. Even love. You paid for all things. And if you were poor, suffering was your currency.

 

Afghanistan’s political situation plays a huge role in the story as a backdrop for events taking place. Hosseini has tread this path well, and I didn’t for once feel stifled by my lack of knowledge on the political aspects of the story. If not for the war, many of our characters wouldn’t have met the way they did, nor have moved across the globe as we see them do. What’s surprising is that though the presence of war is there, it is never about it. The human struggle is always above this and Hosseini shows us. Afghanistan to us is not presented as a war ridden country but as a country like any other. There is no ‘Other’ here, just one and all.

With the ending of war we see warlords, we see corruption, we see them taking advantage of the poor and we see how cleverly money and power can stifle even the loudest of yearnings. The troubling experience of having to flee one’s home and adopt to other cultures is portrayed, how living with the echoes of your roots is a trying experience.

We are constantly asking ourselves if memory is a curse or a blessing. Pari cannot remember her beloved brother, but she feels an emptiness. Abdullah lives his life with her memory on his sleeve. She never leaves him. Its heartbreaking to see the consequences of their separation. The need for answers is a continual theme throughout the book, and the latter narratives tie up the strings as to how the journey ends for our characters.

 

 

What I like about this book,  is the balance of male and female characters, in their colourful diversity. We have the humble Afghani man Saboor and the modest Afghani woman Parwana living by what they are duly required to do, haunted by their moral burden; the strong faithed Abdullah admirable in his life long memory of his baby sister; the determined Amra, Collette and Odie trying to live up to their standards of justice; Masooma and Thalia showing us two ends of the spectrum with regards to living with deformity in societies and how can one forget the likes of the dramatic and narcisstic set of Madeline, Timur and Nila; of different cultures yet fighting the same battle. The one true loves of Mr. Wahdati, Nabi and Abdullah are telling, each of a different nature yet complex and sadly ones that never see the light of day.

Be it the sheer will power of a woman, or the life long memory a boy held on to into his old age of a sister he was heartbreakingly separated away from, be it the unconditional love of a son, daughter, brother or sister, or the never ceasing loyalty of a friend and/or servant I loved the balance of how man and woman, and what each has to offer is seen as essential in the equation of love, stability and life in general.

I loved that Hosseini explored how sometimes we just have to give in, not because they we forced to but because there is no other way. We see the likes of Nila and Pari binti Abdullah, just give in to what is expected of them, leaving aside their need to work on their dreams and aspirations.

“The world didn’t see the inside of you, that it didn’t care about the hopes and dreams, and sorrows, that lay masked behind skin and bone. It was as simple, as absurd, and as cruel, as that.”

As we close up on this story and lives of these people, we realize that the title of the book stands true and fitting, for in the end the mountains did echo, of the voices that struggled to be heard, accepted and reconnected throughout multiple generations.

 

 

Clearly I loved the book and I recommend it to anyone.  You are never too old or young to read this story. Just go ahead! Pick it up, be transported and inspired.

 

 

 

I made some hard choices aka The Book Life- Tag!

Hallo all!

I hope you’ve been having a wonderful week. Its Friday already, where did the week go? Let alone, where did the year go. Its JUNE already???!

I got to go book shopping a few days ago, and I grabbed a handful (not a trunk load sadly) so till I get the reading done, I decided I’d answer some tags I got tagged to 🙂

 

Since the experience of reading about characters who I wish were real wasn’t agonizing enough, I thought why not give this tag a try as I was so graciously tagged by a buddy, Simra @ Simply Simra.

Why girl you do this to me!?!!?!?! 

And why did I say yes! :/

Its all to do with that genetic disposition in humans to make life as hard, miserable and tricky as possible for themselves.

Is this post a qualification to certify that I’m 100% human? You be the judge 🙂

SO YES, I picked out my family from my many adventures to and with these bookish people and lands.

 

Who would my parents be?

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I’ve noticed so many striking single parent figures peppering literature, and it’s rare that we find a duo who fit the bill. So I decided on the Weaselys. Kind, considerate, hardworking, understanding, generous and intent on the welfare of their kids and all who they love, striving for the greater good.

 

 

Who would my sister be?

Louisa Clarke. Shes supportive, caring and a bit cuckoo like me.

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Who would my brother be?

Brothers if you may. I’d chose Fred and George Weasely. Being a slight case of a goody two shoes, I know I will be teased mercilessly but there’s a lot I can learn to ease off a bit when it comes to rules 😛

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Who would my pet be?

Aslan!

Yes the Lion!

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Logically, (the Susan in me speaks)  lions are cats, only bigger. Aslan is someone I could talk to, he’d advice me with his gazillion years of wisdom, and if I’m late for something he’d even give me a ride! XD

Just Crookshanks maybe :/

 

 

Where would I live?

I’m torn between Avonlea (so beautiful), Narnia (Cair Paravel to be exact) and who can say no to Pemberly.

 

Where would I go to school?

Hogwarts ??  😛

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Ok ok I’ll chose another.

Hmm.

Chuck it.

Hogwarts it is. I’d love to experience boarding school. Added bonus is: there’s flying lessons.

 

Who would be my best friend?

Anne Shirley and/or Simon Lewis from TMI

They both are kindred souls on the same wavelength as me. As siblings we’d be ridiculous work for our parents hence they can be my besties 😛

 

 

Who would be my significant other?

This is such a deal breaking question.

There’s  a riff between Mr Darcy and Mr Tilney.

Mr. D is just an overall accepting person (what am I kidding!!) He’s rich, dashing and he’ll get you everything you’ll ever want and more.

Then there’s Tilney who’s very surely going to help me overcome my TBR list XD (a man who reads sure is attractive) and will help me pick out my linen haha! And I will not say no to his cottage (That’ll be something to tick off my bucket list. )

How can I forget dear Knightely. He’ll not make fun of my fanciful fits and my ridiculous ideas. *Sigh*

I’m glad this decision is not a life or death situation. I’m in a hopeless muddle XD

After much thought I’m going to say Tilney! ^_^ Now shoo before I change my mind 😛

 

*whispers* Gilbert Blythe!! 

 

 

 

~~I must add, it yet another tag that would be completed in a wink of the eye if I could fill it up with names of Harry Potter characters. J.K. ROWLING WHY did you have to write such an epic story???~~

 

I tag the following fellow bloggers to try this tag out 🙂

Lizzie ~  Jill   ~  Ruzaika  ~  Lola 

Anyone else willing to try this out, you are hereby tagged 🙂

Who would you chose to fill in the blanks? Please share! I’d like to know who I forgot 😛