The Zigzag Way

by Anita Desai | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0099484943 Global Overview for this book
Registered by chocdrop of Derby, Derbyshire United Kingdom on 7/3/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by chocdrop from Derby, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Saturday, July 03, 2010
From the back cover:

"Eric is an uncertain, awkward young man, a would-be writer, and a traveller in spite of himself. Happy to follow his more confident girlfriend to Mexico, he is overwhelmed with sensory overload, but gradually seduced - by the strangeness, the colour, the mysteries of an older world. He finds himself on a curious quest for his own family in a 'ghost' mining town, now barely inhabited, where almost a hundred years earlier young Cornish miners worked the rich seams in the earth.

On the Dia de los Muertos, the feast day when the locals celebrate and remember their dead, the various strands of the novel come together hauntingly, bringing together past and present in a moment of quiet, powerful epiphany."

Journal Entry 2 by chocdrop at ~ An Exchange!, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (1/5/2011 UTC) at ~ An Exchange!, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases

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Sending as a surprise RABCK to fulfill a bookcrossers wish.

Journal Entry 3 by WormyOne at Brighton & Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom on Saturday, January 08, 2011
Wow! A true RABCK. Thank you so much. What a lovely surprise that was waiting for me when I got home late after a long day in London.

Journal Entry 4 by WormyOne at Brighton & Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom on Friday, February 04, 2011
Eric's searches for his past and future failed to engage me. I found the story disjointed and was frustrated by the lack of development of certain strands, e.g. Eric's relationship with Em. I most enjoyed the last section, about the lives of Eric's grandparents. Here, Anita Desai gives a sense of a particular time and place (a Cornish mining community in Mexico in the early 20th century) and creates dramatic tension around the Zapatista uprising. The early section about Eric arriving in Mexico is directionless and vague (perhaps as a deliberate ploy to convey Eric's state of mind), and the middle section about Doña Vera, while being based around an interesting doesn't fit well in Eric's story.

Journal Entry 5 by WormyOne at Brighton & Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom on Sunday, June 19, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (6/19/2011 UTC) at Brighton & Hove, East Sussex United Kingdom

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Off to thebookfairy as part of a trade.

Journal Entry 6 by thebookfairy at Sherborne, Dorset United Kingdom on Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Fabulous - kindly posted to me by WormyOne as a swap. I'm looking forward to reading it and passing it on. It's a relief to have a book of a manageable size too.

Thank you!

Journal Entry 7 by thebookfairy at Wriggle Valley Villages, Dorset United Kingdom on Sunday, October 02, 2011

Released 7 yrs ago (10/10/2011 UTC) at Wriggle Valley Villages, Dorset United Kingdom

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Intended to read this, but such a huge pile of books waiting, thought I'd send it on it's way. Will include in next batch for the local surgery - my most effective book exchange.

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