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Friday, November 9, 2012

Book review: The magic of ordinary days by Ann Howard Creel

Title: The Magic of ordinary days
Author: Ann Howard Creel
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 274
Price: Rs 783
Genre: Fiction
Rating: 3 out of 5
Source: Borrowed

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From the back cover
In Colorado during the last year of World War II, the usually sensible Olivia Dunne, an intelligent young woman who dreams of becoming an archeologist, commits a careless act of passion and must redeem herself by agreeing to marry a man she has never met. Her new husband lives on a remote farm and is himself a reserved, though seemingly kind, man. Overwhelmed by loneliness, Olivia finds friendship and solace in two Japanese American sisters who are living at a nearby internment camp.

While struggling to shape her new life, Olivia learns how powerful-and how confusing-love, friendship, and family ties can be. 

I love a novel when the lead role that too lady lead is strong, determined, independent who make sense and not just some drama queen...I found such a personality in Livvy Dunne, an ambitious undergraduate scholar she has a dream and goal for her future that is to be she an archaeologist and to travel wide and far..I readily connected with that , back in my school days I too aspired to become an archaeologist ,dreamnt to travel to Egypt..But call it fate or just the way of life, Livvy's mother falls sick, she takes a break from school,but then her sudden death , she feels all lost and left lonely setting her completely off her track...From then on she goes on a path that she herself fails to decipher..She flirts with a soldier but things go bad , but marriage does happens to her , but not the way she had dreamnt,settling down on plain of Colorado with a farmer husband this is nothing like she had wanted...Giving up on her dreams and living by what is new to her isn't easy for Livvy yet she tries her best to live by..Her current home is not far from Japanese Interment camp , her husband helps those who come for help, and that is how she finds much needed comfort, friendship from the sisters who help them in the farm, helping her to redefine her life and perspective...

I loved the slow and steady pace of the novel that beautifully paints the Colorado plains, Livvy's colorful dreams and her grayer mental struggle to keep up with life...The pace is slow which at times goes off track, still all in all I liked it......Livvy's struggle to come in terms with her situations ..As a young girl with two older sisters she had great dreams...Watching her sisters getting married to young soldiers she wanted something more than a married life and husband, but the very same girl settled down for it leaving behind her dreams..The early twentieth century Colorado with the war background  was still quiet and calm when it came to love..Ann has crafted the passage artistically crafting every character like that of in the portraits..Entering into an arranged marriage with much embarrassment, guilt , she slowly transforms with determination evolving into a matured person....Ray comes across as a devoted husband, his love is like that of a gentle breeze , soft and gentle...He is shy that further complicates her to shatter the walls between them...The pace of the book picked up during the last few chapters...This book is for anyone who like slow streamers.......

book 6 for TBR challaenge

1 comment:

  1. Sounds good. I think that in general folks should try to enjoy books that have slower plots. It seems that in modern times we have become spoiled by books and films that move at extremely brisk paces.

    It is also interesting that the plot includes Japanese - Americans who have been were interned. That was a terribly black mark on the American History of World War II.


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