Author: Mayra Calvini
Publisher: Twilight Times book
Genre: Sattire/ Parody
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Source: Review copy
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Daniella is an architecture student living with her narcissistic artist boyfriend in San Juan. Abandoned by her father at an early age, Daniella always falls for the ‘wrong’ type of man. Her most enduring male relationship so far has been with her.Several strange mysteries are threaded through Daniella’s everyday life: her ex-husband, Ismael, has just opened an outlandish hotel for animal lovers that has her distraught; Ismael’s wife, a rich woman Daniella fondly refers to as ‘Lady Dracula’, has some gruesome ways to keep her skin looking young; Daniella’s mother is founding a revolutionary, feminist society called The Praying Mantises; the island’s national forest is being depleted of hallucinogenic mushrooms; meanwhile, young girls are disappearing and there’s a nut loose dressed as Zorro slashing the rear ends of women who wear miniskirts.Suddenly Daniella wakes from stupor and takes charge of life..
Daniella is an architecture graduate whose life seem to be taking wierd turns off late around her.. .Her ex-husband has married a rich old lady, Irene whom Daniella refers to 'Lady Dracula' , she has few strange behaviour like she collects crime instruments, her house is a standing museum of it, she applies frog's blood to keep up her youth....Tony is a struggling artist and Daniella's current boy-friend, Daniella has a strange equation with him , yet they share cute moments...Daniella's best friend is in love with a priest, her lovely cat Commmando acts more like a menacing human than an animal with Tony who only hates, but with Daniella he is all sweetly wrapped in cuteness..Top it all there is Zorro man who leaves a mark on woman's body... The novel is with all its twists here and there, few engrossing and some wierdly amusing characters wrapped up in with good humour and wit..Suspense goes very well with all its whimsical substances scattered all through and at the very end of the novel everything fits in perfectly...In spite of the strangeness Daniella's bond with her mother Marcela is normal and enduring, Marcela often renders a shoulder to lean on, a hand to lead through her daughter's difficult times, encouraging her time and again with all love and tenderness...Nothing in the novel seems the way they are, there are always too many insights to each of them and that is the best treatment to the character and the plot...Calvani has a done a fantastic job giving us a beautiful picture of all the plots, even when its about the characters some interesting moments around them are parallely provided keeping the reader lively, deeply in touch with the novel...Peurto Rica will always stay around through Calvani's eyes..Even when Calvini gives minimal description, it brings out a great snapshot of the places and characters...I also liked the way Calvini gives an insights to the troubled minds of the characters..Calvini's Sunstruck is like those famous painting in a museum that looks very plain at the outset but if you look at it closely , it reveals folds of expressions with it..It was a very different read for me, strange, witty, bizzare , savvy,dazzling , with some sphinx like aura...I would definitely love to read more from this author..
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About the author
Award-winning author Mayra Calvani has penned over ten books for children and adults in genres ranging from picture books to satire to paranormal fantasy novels. She’s had over 300 articles, short stories, interviews and reviews published in magazines such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal and Bloomsbury Review, among others. She has lived in America, Asia, the Middle East, and now lives in Brussels, Belgium.
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