The Brainfever Bird

by I. Allan Sealy | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0330411438 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Tsjara of Zaandam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on 11/24/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by Tsjara from Zaandam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Monday, November 24, 2008
Back cover: Lev is a middle-aged Russian scientist and expert in biological warfare, hoping to escape his past and secure a future for himself selling his country's secrets. Newly arrived in India, he feels alone and adrift amid the bustling, crumbling alleys of Delhi - until he stumbles across a young Indian puppeteer, Maya.
As their unlikely, awkward affair blossoms, however, the two become entangled in events beyond their control: an outbreak of plague, a neighbourhood's desire for revenge, international string-pulling, and murder all mean that neither can take the present - let alone their future - for granted.

Journal Entry 2 by Tsjara from Zaandam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Monday, November 09, 2009
Just started reading it..

Reserved for the Contemporary Asian Literature VBB, hosted by ApoloniaX

Edit: Finished it a few days ago. It was an interesting read, a bit different.. at first I had a bit of trouble trying to follow it, but once I got used to the writing style (which is actually quite nice) I started to like it more. Most of the story takes place in Delhi, and some of it in St. Petersburg. The story about Lev and Maya sometimes seems like a sort of background to something else..(it's like you look at them from a distance, and how they are like puppets, their lives manipulated by fate, environment, chance, the author..)

Extract:
"Youth is a country. I used to live there. The inhabitants are determined to emigrate, exiles long to return. But the borders are sealed, as if plague had broken out there and the United Nations had sent highly paid soldiers to patrol the passes."

Journal Entry 3 by Tsjara at Heiloo, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Sunday, December 13, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (12/12/2009 UTC) at Heiloo, Noord-Holland Netherlands

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On it's way to ApoloniaX (for the contemporary Asian literature VBB)

Happy reading!

Journal Entry 4 by wingApoloniaXwing from Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Received this in the mail today. And a bar of chocolate !!! :-)
Thanks a lot for adding it to the VBB and sending it to me, Tsjara.
Seems very promising... looking forward to reading it!

Journal Entry 5 by wingApoloniaXwing at Bremen, Bremen Germany on Saturday, April 09, 2011
Sealy has a poetic, effortless, flowing style of writing I enjoyed very much. It matches the story, the tale of Maya, Lev and Morgan, a strange tale, deeply rooted in Delhi, circling around bioweapons and the plague, puppets and plays, Razia Sultan, female ruler of Delhi in the 13th century.

Journal Entry 6 by wingApoloniaXwing at Global Village, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Friday, May 27, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (5/28/2011 UTC) at Global Village, A Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

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Travelling to okyrhoe
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Journal Entry 7 by okyrhoe at Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Friday, June 03, 2011
Arrived in Athens. Thanks ApoloniaX!

and Hi, Tsjara!

(selected from round two of Shroffland's & ApoloniaX's Global Village Virtual Book Box)

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