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Book Title: La regina dei sogni|
The author of the book: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Date of issue: October 7th 2010
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Once again i have built a nonsense relation with a book, that usually ends up with returning the book to the shelf before even finished it.
Reading the early pages of Queen of Dreams, led me to the nuance of the dim early morning light in Harafish, and the intangible mysery that filled the air like in Sister of My Heart. It’s the feeling that always come over me everytime i read Mahfouz or Divakaruni. But even so, each of them has their own beauty. A different beauty in each reading.
By reading the poetry-like sentences that spread already from the first pages, i’d suspected that it would be another book i would failed to finished. Another Angela’s Ashes or even another Sister of My Heart. Books i failed to finished on fear of facing the implicit mysery.
But Queen of Dreams is beautiful indeed. As i went throught the first pages, i can already sensed the sadness pricking, and it was not a usual sadness. It was something more complicated. Something that has to do with being mentally isolated while physically obliged to fight the world, just like everyone else that passes the street every morning, hurried in their duty to survive and earn life. And yet it described in a swifting, daydreaming-like, sentence.
From my first encounter with the character of Rakhi, i could already tell what i’d find in the next pages of her narrative. It was a narrative of confusement, weary, and uneasy feeling about life. Actually it was quite nice, i mean, the narrative was telling about the gloomy situation, in a cynical yet cheerful and optimistic way, an angry to life-perfectionist-but-lousy-young mother way.
Just..my way it is:)
I started to mirrored my self in Rakhi and surprised of the emotion mix. It’s a surprise to find so many mixtures and opposite emotions. It’s a surprise to see how things going in wrong direction. How my life__just realized this__is like a traffic jam where everything is standing on each other’s way and demanding more and more attention. It’s a topsy turny life. And yet i also found how funny it is. You can only realize it after seeing it in somebody else’s life. It’s like your life has been perfect all this time and there’s nothing to be laughed at. While actually there was.
Your life has been somewhat confusing. A person you used to believed and you have gave your life to turned out to be not so much as what it seemed. The storm is coming. The sky is falling. Your life is failing. Hands are around but no one seems to fit your need. There was always something behind. You can’t feel your hand nor your feet. They were always seem to move in directions that you never planned. They seemed to be no longer your hand and feet. They don’t like you and they won’t obey you. They betray you. Just like your faith did.
And there it is. That’s what would happen when you lost your faith. You lost everything.You feel numb. Your life goes on but it’s not a life you used to know. Things are turning their back on you. Your job is silly, and money is away. You are on the road, on the bus, on the train, on your desk, with the computer, with the friends, with hundreds of people in bus station, but you are not a part of the world.
There were always something you can’t see. There were always something beyond your comprehension. And that makes you feel more lonely. Your daughter is the only thing that kept you from giving up.
Reading the book to me was like talking to a good friend. Sharing the same thing and knowing that it is okay to be stupid sometimes. That it is okay to get angry to life sometimes. And the most important thing is to stand up again and it is also okay to choose any way you like in doing that. Be selfish when it comes to you and your daughter’s life. Let the world just watch.
So again, i have to admit that this lady Divakaruni is a very smart, and deep-hearted writer. She talked about mother-daughter relationship in a way that would surprise you. Revealing things you didn’t realize all this time in your mother-daughter’s life.
I guess it has touched me that far because of the similarity. But i’m sure that only a deep-hearted person can dig that deep too.
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Read information about the authorChitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her themes include the Indian experience, contemporary America, women, immigration, history, myth, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world. Her work is widely known, as she has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 anthologies. Her works have been translated into 29 languages, including Dutch, Hebrew, Hindi and Japanese. Divakaruni also writes for children and young adults.Her novels One Amazing Thing, Oleander Girl, Sister of My Heart and Palace of Illusions are currently in the process of being made into movies. http://www.chitradivakaruni.com/books.... Her newest novel is Before We Visit the Goddess (about 3 generations of women-- grandmother, mother and daughter-- who each examine the question "what does it mean to be a successful woman.") Simon & Schuster.
She was born in India and lived there until 1976, at which point she left Calcutta and came to the United States. She continued her education in the field of English by receiving a Master’s degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
To earn money for her education, she held many odd jobs, including babysitting, selling merchandise in an Indian boutique, slicing bread in a bakery, and washing instruments in a science lab. At Berkeley, she lived in the International House and worked in the dining hall. She briefly lived in Illinois and Ohio, but has spent much of her life in Northern California, which she often writes about. She now lives in Texas, which has found its way into her upcoming book, Before We Visit the Goddess.
Chitra currently teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the Univ. of Houston. She serves on the Advisory board of Maitri in the San Francisco Bay Area and Daya in Houston. Both these are organizations that help South Asian or South Asian American women who find themselves in abusive or domestic violence situations. She is also closely involved with Pratham, an organization that helps educate children (especially those living in urban slums) in India.
She has judged several prestigious awards, such as the National Book Award and the PEN Faulkner Award.
Two of her books, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into movies by filmmakers Gurinder Chadha and Paul Berges (an English film) and Suhasini Mani Ratnam (a Tamil TV serial) respectively. Her novels One Amazing Thing and Palace of Illusions have currently been optioned for movies. Her book Arranged Marriage has been made into a play and performed in the U.S. and (upcoming, May) in Canada. River of Light, an opera about an Indian woman in a bi-cultural marriage, for which she wrote the libretto, has been performed in Texas and California.
She lives in Houston with her husband Murthy. She has two sons, Anand and Abhay (whose names she has used in her children’s novels).
Chitra loves to connect with readers on her Facebook author page, www.facebook.com/chitradivakaruni, and on Twitter, @cdivakaruni.
For more information about her books, please visit http://www.chitradivakaruni.com/, where you can also sign up for her newsletter.
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