Shi Peiwen Peiwen itibaren Sherweidah, Markaz El-Zakazik, Ash Sharqia Governorate, Mısır
Self help in the guise of smart literary analysis and application. What's not to love? (de Botton)
I really enjoyed this book. I'm also really embarrassed that it took me so long to read, but that is beside the point. It is a book that really gets you to dig into your imagination. You have to picture so much and create so much in your mind, and I loved that about this book. The story was interesting and it was really easy to just read through once I got myself to take a break from life and read. Good book.
Wow that book really is something. I found it quite shocking and a real raw opening to Berg's emotions. I was amazed at Hanna and found her to be quite strange. She reminded me of the German girl I used to work with. But a fantastic piece of literature, and although it was a novel, it truly sounded like an autobiography. Very haunting, and highly recommended.
Great story for a new author. The only real drawback to the book is how short it is. I would love for the author to have taken the time to really give us more background and dialogue with the characters. And of course to 'show' us the story, rather than 'tell' us. But the author has a humorous, if not a bit corny, way of writing that is endearing, and makes this short tale quite refreshing. "She was covered completely from head to toe [in black], which only accented her wonderful figure. It was enough to make a guy commit suicide just to see her show up at the funeral." "He spun around and shot me in the foot. I had never been wounded in any way before. It smarted like crazy."
I worried when everyone compared Nahai to Isabel Allende- that is a TALL order, you know? But the book is beautiful, absolutely beautiful and powerful, and all-encompassing. I put it down truly impressed. The novel is about Lili, a girl whose mother Roxana one night sprouts wings and flies into the sky, not to be seen again for many years. And then it goes into what preceded that night and of course how this event affects the extended family around. I loved this book on two levels, both as a piece of literary loveliness and as a beautiful report about Jewish Iranian culture before the Revolution and the Los Angeles immigrant experience after it. I flew through the book, falling in love with the characters one by one, consistently surprised at myself for not having read it earlier. Half the time I just shook my head wondering where Nahai came up with some of the details and these characters who will stay with me for a long time to come. Bravo!
I love these authors - they write a series about the same character and all of them are very captivating. They all intertwine so it would help to read them in order, but it is not necessary.