If you’ve read The Time Traveler’s Wife then you’ve probably heard of Audrey Niffenegger. Her Fearful Symmetry is Audrey’s second book and no, its not like her first. For one thing, it has ghosts. Yes it does. Not the spooky kind that gives you goosebumps but the friendly ones that play scrabble with you on the Ouija.
But Her Fearful Symmetry is not just about ghosts. And that is what makes it different. It is about human relations, about how they are perceived in different points of life, about how you fight to get back what is yours and about love. And it is in this perception of human relations that it is similar to The Time Traveler’s Wife.
I wouldn’t say it is an amazing read. But it is worth your time. And it can make you count the little blessings you have in the form of siblings.
Hey all, the last few days I’d been reading The Strange Pilgrims written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Ever since I’d read it, I’ve been suggesting this one to kith and kin. And I really wanted to review it and present it all my co-bloggers. So here goes!! 🙂
The first thing that comes to my mind, at the name of the Legend; Marquez is his Solitude and all the fruitless attempts I’ve made on reading it. Everytime I meet a fellow bookworm he or she narrated unending tales on how amazing a book it was and I stuck to a polite silence everytime they did it. That was how I came across this one. The Strange Pilgrims is a collection of 12 short stories and the only thing linking the stories is the fact that all the protagonists are pilgrims; some in the literal sense, others in the figurative and a still few in the rough sense.
All the short stories have amazed me to the core and I have read them again and again trying to digest the central theme that he’d brought forth. And it never bored me. For a person who’d attempted and failed with One Hundred Years Of Solitude so many times, this was a big achievement.
Finally, I’d like to narrate one story had resulted in so much contemplation in the aftermath (spoiler alert:mrgreen:). It is the last story in the book and is named The trial of your blood in the snow. It is the story of a husband and wife on their honeymoon and how the wife being injured was admitted at a hospital in a foreign land. The husband not knowing the name of the doctor who treated her was not able to find her the next day. As he waits for ways to get to her, he is at a trial of self realization and the story ends with the death of the wife by the time the husband finds her.
I am nobody to be reviewing the book of a legend. Neither does Marquez need my quaint words to build up his glory. This is simply a praise; not for Marquez, but for myself at having completed his book. Cheers! 🙂