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by Nikita Lalwani | Literature & Fiction
Registered by okyrhoe of Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on 4/24/2008
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status (set by kirjakko): to be read


3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Thursday, April 24, 2008

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from the back cover:
"Cardiff in the 1980s is a place where maths can get you noticed. Rumis Vasi is the town's 'maths prodigy': untangling numbers and Rubik's Cubes protects her from the harsh vagaries of the playground and gives a pattern to her world. But after years of her father's determined tutoring, Rumi finds that numbers are beginning to lose their innocence. India infuses her with a romantic sense of belonging and, as she grows older, and desire becomes a dirty word in the Vasi household, the idea of love is opened up to painful examination.
In a voice that is by turns very funny and fiercely tender, Nikita Lalwani brings us a captivating story of high aspirations and deep longing, and of the sometime loneliness of childhood."

Read the first chapter courtesty of Penguin Tasters


Journal Entry 2 by okyrhoe at Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Thursday, March 17, 2011

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I read this book around the same time as Vikas Swarup's Q &A (better known by its film adaptation, Slumdog Millionare), and I could not help feeling how Rumi, growing up in the relative comfort of Cardiff, is even more of a trapped & emotionally orphaned being than the destitute & abandoned young boy in Bombay.
Both kids must learn to survive using their smarts, and both have an almost innate distrust of their elders, albeit for very different reasons, and under different circumstances.
 


Journal Entry 3 by okyrhoe at Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Thursday, March 17, 2011

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Reserved for the South Asian VBB organized by ApoloniaX


Journal Entry 4 by okyrhoe at Virtual Book Box, By Post -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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Released 6 yrs ago (4/19/2011 UTC) at Virtual Book Box, By Post -- Controlled Releases

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

On its way by post to Annimanni. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 5 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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Received with thanks! 


Journal Entry 6 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Monday, June 10, 2013

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This is a very tender, touching story and illustrates well the pressures of first- and second-generation immigrants. I recently read Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and Rumi's story kept reminding me of its real-life counterpart. Such a joyless life for a child...

A good review of Gifted from the Guardian:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2007/jun/30/featuresreviews.guardianreview21  


Journal Entry 7 by kirjakko at Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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It was the British phone box on the cover which woke my interest... And then Annimanni highly recommended the book, end of story so far. 


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