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Life of Pi
Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.16
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vivid imagination!, June 10 2013
This review is from: Life of Pi (Paperback)
Is it possible to write a novel about a boy lost at sea with a tiger as his only companion, after all the other animals were killed or devoured? Yes, because Martel has a vivid imagination and holds your interest with every sentence and every word and you somehow find yourself in the lifeboat with him witnessing all these macabre happenings. He tells the story like Aesop would have told it. It was a tale of survival which Martel so brilliantly depicted. However

Cutting for Stone
Cutting for Stone
by Abraham Verghese
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.88
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4.0 out of 5 stars A modern day Cain & Abel Story, June 10 2013
This review is from: Cutting for Stone (Paperback)
Loved the storyline...Indian nun goes into labour; She is carrying twins; her life is slipping away and she cannot be helped by the man who has impregnated her, the doctor/surgeon Thomas Stone who has disappeared. Hema the gynaecologist who was absent when the twins were born adopts them and calls them Marion and Shiva. There is a built in rivalry between the two boys and the situation worsens when Shiva falls for Marion's girlfriend.
Sounds like an unbelievable plot? They eventually find their father when Marion goes to the USA to work in a public hospital where he once again meets his girlfriend whose body is riddled with disease. He becomes ill after sleeping with her and can only be saved by a liver transplant. His life is now in the hands of two men whom he does not trust. His father the surgeon who is a genius and his traitor brother who is well read on diseases of the liver.
My only criticism of this book is that there is too much medical jargon and medical explanations were superfluous.

The Book Of Negroes
The Book Of Negroes
by Lawrence Hill
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book, June 10 2013
This review is from: The Book Of Negroes (Paperback)
I believe most of us were under the impression that when the American blacks crossed over into Canada by way of the Underground Railroad, that that was the end of their suffering. That was a myth. There was still hell on earth for many of these people who had suffered the indignity of racism. They had many new challenges especially those who continued the trek into Nova Scotia.
Hill brilliantly tells the story of the slave girl Aminata, stolen from Africa and sold in the slave market in the US south. It depicts the horror she faces when her child is stolen by a white couple in Nova Scotia and taken out of the country; of the death of the man she loved when the ship he was travelling, taking him to freedom, sank in a storm.
The story comes full circle when the Aminata and many of her fellow Africans are allowed to travel back to Africa. Fully expecting to be greeted with open arms, they find that they have traded one hardship for another.
Beautiful novel!!!

Born in the Briar Patch

The Garden Of Burning Sand
The Garden Of Burning Sand
by Corban Addison
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.43
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Continent, May 13 2013
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I have spent lots of time in Southern Africa especially in Zimbabwe. This book brings to light the sad situation that poor women and children face in Sub Saharan Africa. Although fictional, I was not at all surprised at the horrifying content of this novel. I noticed during my visits that not only men in power, but also powerful women treat the less fortunate with disdain. There is so much corruption and Corban Addison zeros in on the real problem that is perpetrated throughout the African continent. His research for this book is spot on. My only criticism is that with so much ugliness like HIV and rape etc. etc., that he had not balanced it out with detailed descriptions of some of the beauty of the country around Livingstone, like Vic Falls, the Zambezi River and the beautiful Baobab and Banyan trees. I also wish he had written more about the almost too amiable interracial relationship between Zoe and Joseph, a white American and a black African man.
Since I read the first book "A Walk across the Sun" I knew this was a must. I was not at all disappointed especially since he brought to light a subject which many of us in the Northern hemisphere are totally unaware of.

Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
by Rita Golden Gelman
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 14.40
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it, Feb. 28 2013
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At first I wondered why I had bought the book, but as I read I was drawn into her world of travel, especially when she wrote about Bali and New Zealand. I travelled with her every step of the way. Brought back so many wonderful memories for me. I'll be in NZ again next month and will be visiting the Coromandel Peninsula. I am taking this novel with me so I can look out for the places Mrs. Gelman visited.
Very well written. Thanks for a great travel book.

Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents
Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents
by Elisabeth Eaves
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.12
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2.0 out of 5 stars Was this really about travel?, Feb. 28 2013
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This book did not at all appeal to me. I have the impression that the author was more interested in her conquests or being conquered than really tell about the experiences in the fabulous places she visited.
Thumbs down!!!!

Waiting For The Monsoon
Waiting For The Monsoon
by Threes Anna
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book., Jan. 15 2013
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Threes Anna wrote a very compelling novel. I loved the twists and the turns especially between the dictator type father and the the husband still mentally tormented by the Japanese. It was very well written. There was sadness, joy, heartbreak, grattitude and deception.This novel is filled with all kinds of emotions. And poor Madan! Amazing how he and Charlotte communicates without a single word. This is a novel which should be on every bookshelf in every school.

The Time in Between
The Time in Between
by David Bergen
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.16
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected!, Jan. 15 2013
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This review is from: The Time in Between (Paperback)
Found the story line a little disappointing. I did not like the end and was not particularly fond of the characters.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
by Katherine Boo
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 20.06
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4.0 out of 5 stars The struggle for survival!!, Nov. 30 2012
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope etc etc. is a very graphic tale of life in Bombay especially for the poor. The harsh living conditions, cruelty and abject poverty brought tears to my eyes. Katherine Boo told a very true story of what life is like for some in the big financial metropolis that is called Mumbai.

Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India
Sideways on a Scooter: Life and Love in India
by Miranda Kennedy
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 18.90
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!!!, Nov. 29 2012
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This was an informative and well written book. The author placed you right there with her Delhi. Shows how even the poor can be so racist and class conscious, I highly recommend this book especially if you are planning to visit India.

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