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Beneath a Mable Sky by John Shors

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on December 4, 2009
Posted in Books Read 2007Historical FictionJohn Shors  | 14 Comments

I knew almost right away what book would represent the letter “B“ for the Historical Fiction Alphabet Challenge. I read Beneath a Mable Sky back in 2007, before I started blogging.  I reviewed it on Amazon.ca and it has stuck with me all this time.
I am going to post my review from Amazon for this book.  Please note that I was new at reviewing at the time. 

Historical Fiction at its Finest!
This historical fiction is about the story behind the building of the Taj Mahal, which was built to honor Mughal Empress Mumtaz Maha. It’s the saga of her family and is told by the central character Jahanara, the daughter of the Mughal emperor. It is a story of love, honor, and betrayal.
This book is exquisite! Shor’s deftly colors each page with breathtaking prose and breaths life into the vivid characters! I tried to read slowly, to savor each word and image, but this book is hard to put down! John Shor’s architecture of this book is beautiful and I highly recommend it!
In 2009, I still Highly recommend it!
5/5

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Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on December 30, 2007
Posted in Books Read 2007Historical FictionJeffrey Eugenides  | 7 Comments


Well Written With a Twist

Middlesex spans three generations of a Greek-American family, the Stephanides. Calliope, of the youngest generation narrates. Through her, we learn the history of all of the generations and their secrets. The story is really about Calliope, but we can’t learn about her without first going through her family history. You see, Callie is not your regular kind of girl.

With lyrical prose that flies off the page, Jeffrey Eugenides writes a refreshingly different story, one that will stay with me. He gets a little wordy in a couple places, however his humor and beautiful writing makes up for this.

I haven’t read his book The Virgin Suicides; however, I definitely plan to now.

4/5

Also reviewed at:

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The Crazyladies of Pearl Street by Trevanian

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on December 26, 2007
Posted in Books Read 2007Historical FictionTrevanian  | 4 Comments


Nostalgic Coming of Age Story

The novel opens with the young Jean-Luc, his mother and sister moving into a slum on Pearl Street in Albany. His father sent word to Jean-Luc’s mother to meet him there but as usual, he doesn’t show up. Once again the mother and her two small children have to fend for themselves.

This richly textured coming of age story, through the depression reads more like a memoir than fiction. I listened to the audio version and Tom Bosely did an excellent job narrating. I listened to this book while working out at the gym. I could hardly wait for each workout to listen to more.

I was truly sorry that this delightful book had to end. I have never read a book by Trevanian before, but I plan to read more now.

4.5/5

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