The Rice Mother
16 journalers for this copy...
Thanks for your book relay and the beautiful postcard, Felicia-Fairy!
Thanks for celebrating with me!
Book arrived safely in Springfield.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to celebrate with your 900th books registered. I know, I will enjoy this book.
Lakshmi the matriach of the family who married Ayah a widower, travelled with him to Malaysia where he came from. Between them they had five children. They had a good life, then, Japenese ocupation changed everything. Mohini their twin and favorite daughter, captured toward the end of ocupation, killed by the Japenese. This tragedy changed their life comepletely.
A book written with such passion is hard to put down. I would really like to read the continuation of this great women in the novel. A splendid reading, the best book I have read in 2005!
Because is such a wonderful book, I am offering as a bookray.
There is no complicated rules in this bookray. My request, when you received the book please journal so we know it has arrive safely.
Journal again when finished with your thought. This is a paperback with 580 pages. A daunting prospect for slow reader such as I. No need to worry, a 3 month duration to read this book is quite reasonable, don't you think? No more than 4 month please, as there are others who want to read as well.
I don't want the book back. Therefore, the last person may decide to continue the ray, RABCK, offer at bookrelay or wild release. Your choice which is convenient for you. That is all.
~Final list for participants~
I am very sorry for the delay in getting this one out. I have recontacted Stormon for the address again as the computer that I have it saved on is not functional at this time. This book was posted to Sweden on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 @ 8:30 a.m. I hope she enjoys this read as much as I did.
There are others waiting for this book!!!
All around there are books sipping cool drinks under shady palms while other books participate in a wide variety of beach sports. There is plenty of sand, surf and sun here for all of the lost and wayward books to enjoy.
It is hoped that very soon a new journal entry will come to rescue this book from the island and send it back out into the BookCrossing world so that it may continue on its journey. It is hoped that the new journal entry will tell all the interested parties where this book has been this long time and where it will be traveling to next.
I will send this on as sonn as I get the address of milly1401.
Update: enjoyed this to start with then got side tracked and just couldn't get back into it again. My fault entirely! have kept this far too long so am pming next in line to sned it on its way
The very gentle story of Lakshmi, who has an arranged marriage to Ayah a widower with two children. Lakshmi returns to Malaysia with her new husband and finds that financially things are not as they were promised and so follows a life of hardship, love, duty and family life. The book follows the family from their six children and various spouses, hardships and the Second World War when the Japanese invaded, and the shocking atrocities that occurred, and the diaries that one of Lakshmi's children leaves behind.
I have the address for sujie, so this will be in the post to Australia in the next few days.
Although the book is touted (on back cover)as "a glimpse into a vanishing world", many scenes resonated with me, having spent three years in Malaysia (albeit East Malaysia) recently.
The belief in ghosts is still so potent. I went on a retreat with a group of ten (doctors, nurses, educated people) from the cancer hospice I volunteered for, and all the women (except for two of us westerners) opted to share one room even though they had booked enough rooms to have one each. One of them had discerned a presence.
There were lots of wonderful smells and tastes of Asia in there for me. Lots of memories. Thanks for this, Bulan-Purnama and felicia-fairy.
Posting to okyrhoe today.
Best wishes for 2008, everyone!
It is regrettable that the author could not control her stylistic garrulousness. I so much wanted the characters to speak for themselves, but time and time again their humanity was drowned in the ocean of detailed descriptions of objects, landscapes, historical events, etc. For me this superfluousness created a distraction preventing the reader the opportunity to immerse oneself into the heart/soul of the character(s).
Oddly enough, I liked the Sevenese segment more than most of the other passages of the novel.
Thanks for sending it and for the postcard, okyrhoe! I'll treat it as a b-day present, as this is my birthday :) (in Portugal it's already past midnight, so 13th March!)
A great reading! Thanks for sharing, Bulan-Purnama!
On its way to seethroughfaith, as soon as I have the adress.
Posted on 21 May and arrived here already today. Wow :) Thank you Elsita! I loved reading through all the entries too - what a well-travelled and well loved book. A favourite in 2005 it seems. Wondering how it will impact me now in May 2008.
Grains of rice stick to her body but time will not touch her. She is the keeper of dreams... This is a timely comment given the 2008 world rice shortage
Hoping to finish it over the next few days - and pass it over to Hippolein at Suomenlinna at the weekend. I passed this on to Hippolein at the BC kesäpäivät in suomenlinna even though I haven't quite finished the book.
I am travelling for the next two weeks so this seemed a sensible way so as not to stall the book. when he is done he'll send it to me and I'll read it and then get it on its way to the next in the ring.
Seetroughfaith gave me this book during the big Bookcrosser meetup in Helsinki, so that Teddyke and I could read it the next weeks and we'll send it then back to her (so she can finish it).
Looking forward to reading it!
Seethroughfaith sent me an e-mail that she didn't want to have the book back after all, so will try to get in touch with the next person to send it on!
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
The book leaves today for the next person in the list.
Hope it arrives fast in Germany.
Have fun reading it!
08.12.08: Sorry, because it took me a while to read the book, although I liked it. The first part about Lakshmi was very interesting. And the last part about Dimple again. The part in the middle was a bit confusing and I did not get sooo immersed - probably because it was told in a shorter way. To get different perspectives of the different characters was much to my liking. It was also possible to get an insight into the life in Malaya at Lakshmis time, which I found to be very interesting.
Thanks for sharing this interesting book.
CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:
On its way to Greece. Best wishes from Germany!
thank you! it's going to travel some time during the week...
going to Pell,finally :)