Monday Musing 16 Jan, 2017

Today is Monday, and for a change I remember it is Monday on Monday which is quite a rare thing. Monday is such a busy day that I tend to forget that I have to write about anything. The concept of musing is such good.

Do you guys ever talk to yourself? I am in a habit of doing so, especially when I am afraid or nervous. I can have the whole conversation with myself. I cannot recall when this started but I am perfectly okay talking to myself. No, I am not an introvert. I do talk to other people too, but talking to myself has a special appeal

This musing today is brought by the book I recently finished. The book is called “The Girl You Left Behind“. And the theme of today’s musing is “Royally Unfated People”. There is no term as such like this anywhere, but this phrase defines it well the couple I want to talk about. There are two people in the world. They meet, they realize they are perfect each other, and then all the hell breaks loose. The whole universe conspires to separate them. It can be the avalanche of miscommunication for them, or it could be some other trope like enmity, already happy life, or maybe presence of some villain.

There are just so many stories like that out there. Such stories make me think more because I have seen this happening in real life too. Both guy and girl met, decided to be together, but whenever they met there was a miscommunication waiting to screw up the progress that they had made. All they could do was argue at their own point, and in the end they were left scratching their head over what went wrong. Back to square 1.

This book, The Girl You Left Behind, involved two storylines– one in the present and one in the time of first world war. One of the stories is like that “Unfatefully together” sort of thing, although since it is the book, happy ending does happen. But it just made me think. Some of the relationships are just not meant to be. I am really a glass-half-full person, but still sometimes, I do think there are unfated relationships– in stories, in real lives, everywhere. “Just not meant to be” seems like such a surgical term to express them, but they are there.

I guess I veered out too much. The book review will be coming up soon. Have a great week!

Knitted Tales: A book club review

I have decided to pick up my review thing again, and the first book I am starting with is the book by a friend and co-conspirator in reading and writing: Rubina Ramesh. She is the brain and the brawn behind the Book Club. But we will talk about her later. First let’s move on to the book.

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Official Blurb

What forces an innocent girl to become a sex symbol? Her desires? Or cruel fate?

Is a lifetime enough—for avenging a betrayal? How do you hide secrets that never stopped haunting you?

Can vengeance and secrets of your past devastate your present? How can long-buried crimes of yours suddenly raise their head? Can sinning be saving?

Is your spouse your soulmate? What if they never understood your feelings? Can you still live with them?

Lastly, does life give only two options? Live or die? What if there is a third?

In her debut anthology, Rubina Ramesh tries to find answers to these questions that are often from the heart and yet makes the mind ponder over the solution. Or is it the other way round? Either way, Knitted Tales is a bouquet of emotions that is bound to touch both your head and your heart.

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Knitted tales is the fist book by Rubina Ramesh. That was the first reason I picked the book. Also, I have seen the stories being developed in the writing group of Wrimo India on Facebook, so I was quite interested in seeing the final product.

The book did not disappoint me. The book involves twelve different stories which include different themes and different tones. From the simple story of a wife trying to find her independence in a foreign land to the disturbing story of a mom trying to kill her daughter– the book has everything in it.

So here is my take on the book (an unbiased take):

What I liked

  1. Honesty in the stories: The story don’t hide the truth. Some of the stories touch on the events which are quite common in India. The honest take without trying to westernize the story just for the sake of it is one charm of the book.
  2. Variety: I already talked about the variety above, but this deserves the mention. The story collection is quite eclectic.There is something for every mood there.

What I did not Like

  1. Story voices:My one and the biggest complaint with the stories is mixing up of voices in the story. Some of the story voices are mixed with the voice of the author which makes it a bit weird to read it. It’s like the author’s voice and the voice of the character got mixed in at some point.

Overall Opinion

These stories are slice of life kind of stories. One won’t find meaning of life in the stories, but the stories will catch the interest and provide one a good reading time. Overall, it was a pleasant read.

Three Stars

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Monday Musing: Happy 2017

A whole year has passed. Time just flies away. The past year has been quite a dud in terms of blogging, and it was all my fault as I was not able to give it enough time. Too much of workload, too much of negativity in life, and too many of the worries affected me and my writing time. I am so glad to be feeling better.

A new year is meant for a lot of resolutions, but I really don’t have many resolutions. I am so off-the-wagon that I first need to find my feet before charging ahead. The past two months have been quite eventful for the books and the movies.

i) Netflix: I purchased the membership to the Netflix. For many of you, this might not be a big deal, but Netflix came to India quite recently (around a year and a half). I have always read the people watching things on Netflix and Amazon Prime, and now both are in India, I feel a bit spoiled for choices. Mind you, the choices on Indian versions are still less compared to the Western world Netflix, but still, there are many things. Moreover, they have regional movies too with subtitles. As I said I am so totally spoiled for choices.

ii) Kindle: I have had the Kindle for some time now. Six months or so. Initially, I wasn’t able to get a lot of stuff our of it, but now it has become my permanent companion of sorts. I have many books on Kindle (apart from the hard copies) which I am reading these days. And yes, I am stoked about how I have started the year.

iii) Podcasts: I am really into Podcast these days. While traveling, I enjoy listening to the podcasts which make me think. I don’t have any particular podcasts genre that I love, but my phone has quite an eclectic bunch of podcasts that includes romance, crime, daily stories of the strangers, some poetry etc.

These are so many stories and essays dwelling in my mind. Now if I just can manage the time to write as well in 2017, the year will be all perfect.

Monday Musings (29.08.16) Emotional/ Intellectual Infidelity

Hello everyone.  I am back after a big laptop crash. Thankfully, my data is secure and safe because of the opportunate purchase of the hard disk a day before crashing. Some days the life decides to smile on you!

Today I want to talk about emotional infidelity. It is something which most of the people take for granted. You know like one can show the physical infidelity and prove it, but what does one do with emotional infidelity or the intellectual one? I mean one cannot condemn anyone for just talking (and this is the exact phrase that I have heard people talking of).

The reason for this thought starts from a play I recently watched and a show.

  1. Broken Images is a play (more of a monologue) in which the actress Shabana Azmi plays the lead role. I am not going to talk about the story here because it is the play of surprises, and I’m hopeful some of you will get to see it somewhere since the play has traveled many places. But the story raises a big question about intellectual infidelity. The act of conversation is compared to the act of making love. And that’s what started the wheels in my mind.
  2. The second is the show called Uncontrollably Fond. In this TV show, one of the characters goes to a escort just to have dinner with her and look at her. That escort looks like his first love, and all he does is to look at her. This happened before the show and I was left feeling pity for the whole situation. (Don’t watch the drama just for this scene though. )

I have met people in my life who do not consider emotional infidelity (or intellectual one) important. I have seen one of my cousins being advised to be good in bed because conversations just remain conversations. I had snorted and had gotten a stink-eye from my aunt then. But on a serious note, I do believe that there is something much more sadder when one encounters such unfaithfulness. Because how do you complaint to someone about mere conversations? Someone can, and will, always answer that it is all in your mind.

In fact, I have seen the similar answers given for emotional abuse as well. Physical scars are something which everyone sees. Emotional ones are told off as being “in your head”.

But they exist! In case you ever get the feeling, please remember these do exist. Next time, you a hear a person telling you such a story, don’t just tell them to be busy in something else as it is all in their mind. Emotional/Intellectual infidelity does exist.

Interview with Ms. Tiffany: Author of Summer that Melted Everything

 

 

 

recite-1yp8op.pngHave you ever fangirled over a book or a show? What if you are given a chance to talk to the creator of those pieces? Sounds like heaven, right? That’s the opportunity I got. You people already know I am in love like crazy with the book called The Summer That Melted Everything. I even wrote a review here: The Summer That Melted Everything.

And today I am presenting you the reply to all those questions that boggled my mind when I read the book. I just wanted to tie the author and let her answer my questions know so many things about how and why someone thought this that I decided to grab the chance I was offered to do this interview.

So, Ladies and Gentlemen, here I present Ms. Tiffany McDaniel in an interview format (with comments from me in blue, of course. I have to have the last word.:-P)

Hey Ms. Tiffany.

First of all, many many thanks for approaching for the review of your book, The Summer that Melted Everything. Honestly speaking, I was pleasantly surprised by the book. I had not expected it to be so gripping, so deep, and so awesome.  I have quite a lot of questions to ask you, but I will try to stick to essential ones.

  • Can you tell me something about yourself, especially your age? I know it is not a polite question, but since I saw you describing the summer of 84 I am curious to know whether you saw that summer first hand or not?

Let me first thank you for the beautiful opening.  I’m so happy you enjoyed your time with the novel, and I can’t thank you enough for taking a chance on it, and also doing this interview with me.  To answer your question, I was born in 1985, so I wasn’t too aware of the 1980s.  For me, the 1980s seem like a decade-long summer with its neon colors, big hair, and even bigger ambitions.  I didn’t really consider another time period for this novel, because the summer in the novel and the 1980s just seemed like such a natural fit.

(Can you believe she is as old as me? I had imagined an old woman who had seen everything, but she is just same age as me.)

  • Another thing I wondered throughout the book was do you really hate Summer? I personally do so. It’s my least favorite season, rain being the best. Is that the case for you too? Is that why you connected the summer with the Devil?

I love summer.  I’m also a big gardener, so summer brings me the flowers, fruit, and vegetables.  The reason I had the devil arrive in the summer, is because I associate the devil with heat.  Hell is said to be very hot, so I wanted to create that atmosphere to coincide with the devil’s arrival.  I wanted it hot enough to melt everything.

(I will never enter the Hell! It is sufficiently hot in my city anyway. :-P)

  • You have taken quite a different view of Devil. What prompted such a view? Do you truly believe that everyone in the world is a devil of some kind?

 

I didn’t want to write about the stereotypical devil of red flesh, horns, cloven feet, and a pitchfork.  That devil is one we are all familiar with and is easily picked out of the crowd.  In fact he’s almost a cartoon at this point the way that image as been used over time.  I wanted to present a devil that causes us to ask deeper questions about each other and about our own selves.

(If you don’t know how she defined Devil, read this post where I shared some quotes.)

 

  • You have touched quite a lot of topics in your novel—the homosexuality when it was new, the fear of AIDS when it was discovered, the prejudice towards the black—are these topics there because you wanted a conflict in the story? Or have you been associated with them in some way—through friends, family or personally?

I didn’t set out to write a story about racism, homosexuality, AIDS.  These things developed as the characters did.  I never outline or plan a story before I write it.  It really does evolve with each new word and page I write.  I will say anytime you write about the 1980s, you almost have to write about AIDS, because the disease and that decade go hand-in-hand, unfortunately.  It was a time that the disease was introduced into our lives, into our fears.  It changed how we had sex, how we viewed it, and how we feared it even, which fear is a major theme within the novel and can be the underlying tone of any of these issues.

(I still cannot believe I never thought of AIDS in those time, the kind of influence the discovery would have had that time.)

  • I was impressed by the research and details you have incorporated in the story. Can you tell me how long did it take you to finish the research and the whole story, and how you went about it?

I don’t do a lot of research.  I don’t want the story to be too factually based.  So I just do enough research for my novels so that I have a general understanding of the topic I’m discussing.  In the case of The Summer that Melted Everything, I researched the 1980s.  The major events that happened that decade to the music people were listening to and what clothing they were wearing.  I also of course researched AIDS and the amount of information people had of the disease at that time.  I didn’t spend long on research.  A day at the most.  It took me a month to write the novel.  On average it takes me a month to write a new novel.  I don’t like the story to sit for too long.  I like to get its beginning, middle, and end down on the page as soon as I can.

(A month to write a new novel? :-O. I don’t even finish a story in that little of time!)

  • This is your first book, and you selected literary fiction as your genre. Were you afraid to try it?

While The Summer that Melted Everything is my debut and my first published novel, it’s actually the fifth or sixth novel I’ve written.  I wrote my first novel when I was eighteen.  I wouldn’t get a publishing contract until I was twenty-nine.  This is the narrative so many authors have.  The road to publication can be heartbreaking and discouraging.  For me it was eleven long years of rejection and fear I’d never be published.  In terms of the genre of literary fiction, it’s just always been the genre I write.  I write other things like poetry and plays, but the overall tone of my fiction has been literary.

(I wish I could be as talented as you, Ms. Tiffany.)

  • And this is a serious question. I cried a lot when I read the book. Some of the deaths, the scene, are like forever imprinted on my mind. Is that the case with you too? Did it hurt you to kill some of the characters?

I feel for the characters but as the author it’s also my job to distinguish between being a reader of the story myself and being the author.  It’s my job to not let my emotions interfere with the characters and their emotions.  If a character dies, it’s because that is the truth of the character.  I can be sad about it, but I can’t let that sadness distract me from the task at hand, which is to tell the story.

(Better you than me. If I had written that book, my family would have dubbed me crazy because of all the crying. The train people were looking at me when I reached end because of my relentless sobbing.)

  • Which character of the book did you associate with the most and why?

 

I don’t know if there a character I identified with the most, just because I love them all.  I do really love Grand.  He’s one of those characters that is so easy to fall in love with because he’s everything we want in a friend, a brother, and in our own selves.

(I loved him too. I want a big brother like him.)

  • The book has lot many impressive sentences, and the words which speak like poetry to me. Are you a poet, by any chance?

I am.  I love poetry, and am currently working on my first full-length collection.  I can’t live without poetry.

( Ha! I knew we were soul-sisters. I breathe poetry too.)

  • Who are the writers who have influenced and shaped your writing?

I can’t say there’s any one author who has shaped my writing, as I’ve been writing since I was a kid and writing a lot by the time I read literary heavyweights.  But I will say some of my favorite authors are Shirley Jackson, Donna Tartt, Ray Bradbury, Harper Lee, Poet James Wright, Markus Zusak, Toni Morrison, Kazuo Ishiguro.

(Good List!)

  • Any advice for the new writers working on their debut book?

To never give up.  Like I said, the road to publication can be painful.  It can be discouraging.  It was to me at least.  It took me eleven years to get a contract.  I wanted to give up, but I didn’t and that’s the advice I have for those still on the journey.  Never give up and know that the length of time it takes to get published is not reflective of your talent.  It’s just so hard to get a foot in the publishing door.  Don’t expect it to happen overnight, and don’t get discouraged.

(All writers reading this blogpost, hope you read this: Don’t give up.)

  • Last Question, what are your plans of the future? To bask in the success of the book, or is your new book already outlined and waiting for you to pick up the keyboard?

Writing the book is the easy part.  Now it’s about getting people aware the book even exists.  Marketing is a full-time job, and something I didn’t know I would be expected to do as the author.  So really there’s no time to bask in the realization I am now a published author.  I have to make sure the book is out there and that it does good or it’s harder to get a second book.  I will say the novel I’m hoping to follow The Summer that Melted Everything up with is titled, When Lions Stood as Men.  It’s the story of a Jewish brother and sister who escape Nazi Germany, cross the Atlantic Ocean, and end up in my land of Ohio.  Struggling with the guilt of surviving the Holocaust, they create their own camp of judgment.  Being both the guards and the prisoners, they punish themselves not only for surviving, but for the sins they know they cannot help but commit.

(I’m already looking forward to it).

Thank you again for the time you spent in answering these questions, and for the time you spent on building the beautiful book. With the book, you have earned one fan in me. Hopefully the book will be a big success for you. Wish you the very best, Ms. Tiffany.

P.S.: If you have not yet, check out the website of Ms. Tiffany who is also a painter. She has the paintings of the scenes of the novel on her website. I haven’t asked her about those paintings, but they truly are awesome. 

P.P.S.: I do not know the author personally. I had even forgone the book choice in NetGalley because I thought literary fiction will not be my genre. But then I read the book, and I learnt my lesson.

Lesson learnt: Good fiction is good fiction. Genre doesn’t matter. 

P.P.P.S: This does not mean that there will be many future interviews. I am as picky about them as I am about the five stars that I give to a book. 

 

Dancing with Demons: A Book Club Review

Changing the house is such a pain. If you forget to change one of your delivery address, your book will go to your past house, which is now someone else’s home, and then you have to retrace your steps to find that one book. That’s what I had to do to reach this book. After 10 days of dithering and follow-up of the courier office I finally got the book to read.

I would not have selected this book, but then I saw the cover which said “Soon to be made into Bollywood movie”. And I was hooked. I mean I don’t want to watch the movie first and then read the book. That’s the most boring thing to do in the world.

My decision was right or wrong I can’t say as in all honesty, the book was okay types. Not too good, not too bad. Like that mild coffee that could wake you up, but then that’s its only purpose. The book is okay. I have heard many people telling me that they were riveted by the book; I wasn’t, but then I wasn’t bored either.

 

DANCING WITH DEMONS
by
Nidhie Sharma
 
 
 
Blurb
 
Karan Pratap Singh is on the brink of winning the Amateur Boxing Championship, when in a moment, he loses it all. His fall from glory seems fuelled by ruthless arrogance and an out-of-control anger management problem. That, however is just symptomatic of a deeper issue. Buried under layers of his fractured subconscious lies a childhood secret he cannot come to terms with.
 
Sonia Kapoor is a beautiful, volatile young woman with a secret that torments her at night but a secret that she feels no guilt for.
 
When fate throws Karan and Sonia together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir up trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. But, is redemption possible without forgiveness?
 
Dancing with Demons is a fast-paced action drama of love, loss and resurrection.
 
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What I liked

1) Boxing Background: There are many books which explore sports, but this was my first book which explored boxing as the sport. I am not a boxing person, but then the book took me to those rings and made me see the passion of boxing from the authors’ eyes. I guess this was the best thing for me in the book.

2) Fast Pace: The book is quite fast-paced. It zooms on without giving you time to get bored. That was another good point about the book. I felt I was on a mild adventure ride.

What I didn’t like

1) Universal StoryTelling Style: I sometimes feel I just should give up. This style is not going to appeal me, at least not in Indian authors. The book started off beautifully without any head-jumps, and then by third chapter it became jumble of head-jumps. I was left wondering why the author decided Universal POV style.

2) Lack of Chemistry: The book lacks chemistry. Everything happens or is read in the eyes. The two protagonist do not talk to each other much in the book, yet they end up falling in love with each. Not only that, they wait for each other too when one is going through difficult times.  If I ever encountered a person whose past I don’t know, I would probably like to talk first. The chemistry, if there, is not developed in the book.

3) Meh Suspense: I cannot reveal it as that will spoil the book for you, but the suspense of the story did not really grip me. The author maintained the suspense about the story for a long time, which in my opinion, was not really needed. The suspense did not add anything to the story except for some pretty words and sentences. (I guess that was the purpose.)
Overall Opinion

As I said, the book was okay for me. I won’t read it again, that’s sure, but while reading, it transported me to the boxing world. Probably it wasn’t my cup of tea because all my friends have LOVED the book (Yes, loved in capitals). Sometime it happens, right? You cannot feel what others are feeling for the book.

For me, book was a pleasurable one time read. It could have been so much more (there’s a lot of potential there), but it isn’t. For now, it is the story of the boxer who is trying to redeem himself.

Three Stars
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
The Book Club introduces Nidhie Sharma and asked a few questions, the details of which can be found on the link. I liked that she is a filmmaker and a novelist and she is able to juggle between the two arts of storytelling. She described her book as the following:
‘Dancing with Demons’ is a gripping romance drama set against the backdrop of combat sports in India. It is the story of two fallen souls who must vanquish their inner demons to become the people they were destined to be. When the story begins, Karan Pratap Singh, an  angst-ridden boxer and the mysterious and volatile Sonia Kapoor are angry and emotionally damaged by their pasts and when fate throws them together in Mumbai, their personal demons and pasts collide and stir trouble in their fragile and uncertain present. “It was some night. Thunder and lightning playing, chasing one another like two furtive, carefree lovers, oblivious to the havoc they were wrecking. Sonia put her hand out of the window as the bus started to hurtle down the highway, to Mumbai. A sliver of lightning fell on the trees just ahead of them, setting a normal bush on fire. Then thunder roared again… Perhaps this was an appropriate setting for what was to follow…two tumultuous lives on a head-on collision course.”
This book explores if redemption is possible without forgiveness and also delves into the depth and unsaid connection that Karan and Sonia have with each other. In fact, Sonia’s poems in the novel throw light not only on self-love and forgiveness but also on the passionate and intense relationship that these two anti-heroes share.
“I know I’m not easy to love
On somedays there’s no God above
And maybe it’s a messed up world
Into which we have been hurled
And maybe I remind you of you
So Love yourself darling, to love me too”
Overcoming one’s limitations or demons is essential in order to fulfill one’s true potential. That is the real core of this story. The good thing is, millions of people find a way to battle and overcome their inner demons. So there is hope for everyone and ‘Dancing with Demons’ is about that hope. It’s about the light at the end of the tunnel.
This novel is a fast-paced story of love, loss and resurrection for both Karan and Sonia.  
 
 
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The Summer That Melted Everything–A Book Review

I have been sick! So sick that I was not able to get on phone or laptop even. For almost a week, it has just been me and my radio.

In my last post, I talked about the “Devil” and the book that made me think about the devil so much. Finally, I bring to you the review of the favorite book of mine of this year: The Summer That Melted Everything.

There are very few times when you do things out courtesy, but then you feel blessed. This book was like that. The author approached me for reading the book through the blog, and I said yes because she sounded sincere. I had no idea what I would have been missing if I had not read the book. This is the debut book by the author, but I can tell you it is mind-blowing. The way it is written is poetry in itself. The words, the flow, the suspense, and the questions that book raise– you are sucked into the world the author talks about.

Book Summary

 

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Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.

When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

The book starts with a description of 1984s and then explains how Devil arrived in Breathed, Ohio. Autopsy Bliss is the educated man who writes an invitation to Devil in his religious fervor. And Devil arrives in the form of a 13 year old boy Sal. Fielding, son of Autopsy, was first to encounter Sal, and he becomes the first friend of Sal, the devil. How appearance of the devil blurred the lines between the right and wrong, good and bad, is what the story is about. The story is about demons, and how we all uses different excuses to let that demon live and breathe.

I am not a writer enough to explain the plot of the story. You have to read it to truly understand the magic and mourn the devil.

What I LOVED

  1. Questions the book asked: The first thing I loved about the book is that it made me question myself. The story is so woven that there is no hero, no villain. All are in the shades of the grey. You will left wondering what’s right and what’s wrong.
  2. Plot: The plot of the books is tightly woven. There is not even a single chapter, single line, single word wasted. Everything connects with the other. Till the end, you’ll be biting your nails to understand what actually happened.
  3. Description: The book has amazing description. In fact the author has done a huge amount of research to present this description. The 80s are so well described that I felt that author was present there– seeing the story unfolding.
  4. Writing: Amazing, amazing writing. I know I’m repeating myself, but the books is poetry in itself. The book is filled with so many insights that my mobile is marked with all the highlights. There were times when I ended up highlighting pages after pages.

 

I am sharing few of the quotes from the book which just moved my heart and made me think so much. Probably these will make you think too.

“It was a heat that didn’t just melt tangible things like ice, chocolate, Popsicles. It melted all the intangibles too. Fear, faith, anger, and those long-trusted templates of common sense. It melted lives as well, leaving futures to be slung with the dirt of the gravedigger’s shovel.”

“After I fell, I kept repeating to myself, God will forgive me. God will forgive me. Centuries of repeating this, I started to shorten it to He’ll forgive me. Then finally to one word, He’ll. He’ll. Somewhere along the way, I lost that apostrophe and now it’s only Hell. But hidden in that one word is God will forgive me. God will forgive me. That is what is behind my door, you understand. A world of no apostrophes and, therefore, no hope.”
In the amphitheater of the great beyond, we all do our own autopsies . These self-imposed autopsies are done not on the physical body of our being but on the spirit of it.
I could actually type the whole book. It will not be enough to express my fascination and love for the book.

 

Overall Views:

I cried like a baby when I reached the end of the book. I thought for days after I finished the book. I still want to question why that happened, why that happened, but in the end, the book changed me. With each sentence, each instance it showed, each question it raised, the way I see the world has changed.

I can read and reread and then reread the book. It is that beautiful of the book.

My rating: Five Stars.

Five Stars

Do, do read the book. You will not repent it. This is a promise. It’s an intense book which will make you think and make you question. And you will be left with the afterglow that an incredible book leaves.

 

 

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