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.

 

 

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Author: Rae Longest

This year, I will have been a member of AAUW (American Association of University Women) for fifty years, a life time member (which means my fellow AAUW members will begin to pay my annual dues. (ha ha) In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015 and went on from there (See "Introduction",first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I am currently teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This makes my 27th year there after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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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