Recent “Reads”

Recently I read several books that were recommended to me by reading friends.  Here is a review of one of them:

IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN by Vaddey Ratner, a novel which earned 41/2 stars on Amazon.  The story is told by Rami, the 7 year old narrator (whose experiences  are based on those of the author of the book). The story takes place during Cambodia’s civil wars and “killing fields era”, approximately 1975-1979.

The author has a definite “gift for language” as one critic noted. Her writing is often pure poetry, especially in her descriptive passages. The reader feels she is in the time and place and is experiencing what the protagonist is experiencing.

It is “a story of survival, a story of horror and beauty, all at the same time.” It was a wonderful read which I could not put down. It would make a good book-club-read.

 

 

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 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."

2 thoughts on “Recent “Reads””

    1. Banyan was recommended to me by Janet Townsend. She has a copy to loan, I believe. We both thought it was a good candidate for a Tues. book club selection. Unless we have too many novels…because although it is based on personal experience, etc. it is written like a novel.

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