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Life Of Pi
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Life Of Pi
Yann Martel
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An extraordinary survival story

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One of my favourite books of all time, this is the kind of fiction I long for, a blend of magical realism, scientific observation, spiritual enquiry with memorable characters and a shocking twist, all lovingly told. What begins as a magical childhood remembrance of growing up in a zoo in Pondicherry India, becomes a thrilling survival tale on the high seas with the only remaining survivors, the protagonist and a few wild animals, clinging to a lifeboat, or is it? The will to survive is a powerful force...

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What secret life ?

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When this became a bestseller, I was intrigued by the title and the allusion to the Black Madonna, having a Catholic background and an interest in iconography. Unfortunately, for me, reading this was a bit of a disappointment. I didn't feel that I learned anything about the life of bees or the characters, secret or otherwise. As a historical novel, it did have it's moments, the setting was realistic, the atmosphere created rang true, South Carolina in the 1960's, and the sensual descriptions of the qualities of the honey hung in the air, but everything else left me feeling flat and that it had missed the mark. Perhaps there's a point that I'v...

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aka Downunder

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For a first time traveller, Bryson gets the uniqueness of the land, the scale of the place and extremes that we take for granted growing up here. As an insider reading the analysis and observations of an outsider, it's interesting to see what is considered worth reporting on. When this was written John Howard was Prime Minister, so no wonder he couldn't remember him. I guess he hadn't picked up on the nickname yet. The most fascinating thing is to see your own reactions when sacred institutions like sport, in particular, the cricket or other idiosyncrasies are mocked. This is relatively low on the cringe factor, but because Bill Bryson is so...

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The awful truth of beauty overlooked

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Toni Morrison begins her novel with a simpe, but shocking revelation, and then procedes to deftly weave the back stories of the main characters. Her ability to portray and bear witness to the unpleasant, the ugly and painful legacies of injustice, poverty and dysfunction, is masterfully contrasted with her characters' quest for beauty, love and acceptance. Painted in grey tones and vivid colours, she accents the tragic and the comic, the pleasure and anguish of the African American women's lives she describes, resulting in a poetic and powerful work.
Harrowing, but resonates with great insight, depth and truth.

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One woman, three destinations, a travel book like no other

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This book could have been called, EAT: laugh, PRAY: cry a bit, LOVE and smile again. Such is the full circle, the cathartic journey Elizabeth Gilbert takes you on. From the depths of despair, she gives herself permission to follow her desires and indulge in the pleasures of living, where else, but in Italy. She then does a 180 degree turn and goes inward to ponder life's meaning, reflects on her own thought processes and gains some insight in India. Without giving too much away, all the threads come together in Bali, in a kind of cosmic, global embrace. Having given herself the gift of time, a year of travel, she finds the balance she is seek...

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