05-12-2010 10:06 AM
I also hooked immediately after I opened this book.
What a wonderful milieu, amazing characters and a captivating plot.
I felt as if I was in my happy place while reading this book and I did not want to put it down.
I loved learning about the artist life on an island and the main character Jacqueline is such a wonderful strong woman to read about. Strengths and weaknesses - all together in one person.
The author’s writing is colourful and captivating. She describes the characters so well, without revealing too much, to keep you wanting more. I was sad to read the last line on the very last page. It was such thrill to read this book, that it was hard to close the book and place it in my bookshelf.
I will definitely re-read this novel and I an eagerly waiting for the next new novel by Maria Rihte.
05-16-2010 04:30 PM
I read I Am Nujood in March.
From my review:
"The mistreatment of women in many Muslim countries is exemplified in this tale of child abuse. While Nujood has been honored and has dreams of a future as a lawyer, her prospects for achieving this seem slim. In her country, poverty abounds, women have few rights and they remain uneducated and illiterate as do many men. Women have few expectations and basically accept their neglected condition because they have no power to do otherwise. When a child is “sold” into marriage, women may actually become her biggest enemies, goading her and punishing her for what they consider her disrespectful behavior when she is disobedient. Women expect to be overworked, bear children and follow orders. They are so beaten down that they have little self esteem and expect even less out of life. Theirs is to do or die, obediently, quietly and respectfully.
Although the story seems disjointed at first, all the pieces come together in the end. I realize it is a true story but it defies my imagination and fills me with horror and regret that such conditions exist in the modern world."
Did I say that I read this one last week?
A sad and frightening tale of a world and culture it is difficult to understand from outside it, and, hopefully, from some parts inside.
I can't exactly say the writing is exciting -- clearly Nujood had a ghost writer to aid her in telling her story. I can only perhaps hope that the royalities and other benefits of the publicity will permit her to continue her education and life and may positively influence the lives of others. But, as in so much of the world, a fundamental issue remains the availability of work that can generate enough renumeration to sustain self and, if possible, a nuclear family.
It was a very short and quick read -- perhaps a couple of hours.
05-19-2010 05:59 PM
Just about to start a couple of books..
Sunday's at Tiffany's by James Patterson
A Bend in the Road by Maureen Lipinski
Homer's Odyssey by Gwen Cooper
Hoping these are good, because the last two I read were definitely not my fave!
— Marilyn Monroe
06-02-2010 08:53 AM
Recently finished the following and recommend all of them:
Am currently reading:
06-02-2010 01:10 PM
Here's the chunk I have left from the library...
I'm about half way through, still isn't catching my eye, but hoping it will get better soon.
I have been putting off this book to read for the past few days... not sure why.
— Marilyn Monroe
06-02-2010 02:22 PM
06-03-2010 07:03 PM
I am currently reading:
Into the Wild
Which has surprisingly became excellent! Definitely a quick read but intriguing and interesting. Should check it out =]
06-05-2010 08:03 PM
06-11-2010 09:11 AM
Children of the New World by Assia Djebar
This is the book currently being discussed on the Literature by Women board.
I highly recommend it. It has taken me into a world and a culture alien from my own, yet with very human links in personal experiences, feelings, thoughts. It is not a difficult read, albeit a bit thought-provoking at times.