Kashmir Shawl was my Third Tuesday Book Club Selection for the month of May. I had never heard of Rosie Thomas, and probably would have not read a “romance” on my own, but it was “assigned.”
I soon came to realize that as one member said, “Oh, it is so much more than a romance.” And oh my, it is!
The author, a wonderful gifted writer swept you away to India to the extent that I felt I had been there in that time during the Second World War. The descriptions and characterizations were exceptional, and the theme of the shawl was very vivid as the modern day girl searched out how her grandmother had come to own such an exquisite item, and unfolded the grandmother’s “secret story.” I could feel the texture and see the colors of the shawl as I was seeing India and its former beauty.
As far as the romance, what woman wouldn’t be swept away as well by the Magician-hero with his tawny mane and his “leonine appearance?”
All in all it was a good read, perfect for summer and get-away-from-everything reading.
Author: Rae Longest
This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching.
Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish.
This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."
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4 thoughts on “Review of The Kashmir Shawl”
Rae! You write a really nice review! I enjoyed reading it, and not because you wrote it – it’s really good! love, Gary >
You are too kind! RAE
I read almost everything. I rarely read genre fiction, however. If you want me to set down a book, tell me it’s a thriller, a mystery (unless it is authored by Bill Crider), a horror story (shudder…and not from the story), or (most insipid of all) a romance. My only explanation for the revulsion I feel toward genre fiction is the predictability I often find there; I like writers to surprise me.
[end of rant against genre fiction…ready to face approaching rotten tomatoes aimed at my highly judgmental thoughts…bring ’em on….]
Sweetie, you’re allowed! Rae
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