Thursday, February 4, 2010

Beneath A Marble Sky; A Book Review

"If Mother had been married to another, and you were only friends, and could never be lovers, would you...could you have endured?"

He shook his head. "Would a bee be content to sip water all his life, when there's nectar for him? Would a stag live in a valley, when there's a mountain he could climb? No, my sweet child, I would never have known contentedness. Indeed, I'd be much sadder than I am today".

Emperor Shah Jahan

I wantto start this book review with my favorite quote from the novel "Beneath A Marble Sky" by John Shors. A novel based on one of the most amazing man made structure the Taj Mahal. A true Monument of Love.

As I read its first pages I was swept away back into time, back into Hindustan. Where an Emperor loved his wife deeply and adored their children. Emperor Shah Jahan might have many wives and concubines but he will never share the same feeling he shared with Mumtaz Mahal (means the chosen one of the palace). She bore him children and three of them are most favored by the Emperor. Dara the Artisan, Aurangzub the Warrior and Jahanara the Princess. But is she only but a Princess? For this story does not only revolve around the building of Taj Mahal but it also revolves around the strength of a muslim Princess named Jahanara and how she remained strong for her father and mother, brothers, friends, for her country and for the man she loves who carved Taj Mahal into a "A Tear drop On The Cheek Of Time", Isa. An epic story created with great inspiration like the Taj Mahal is a story worth reading. One of my favorite reads.

It is February the month of love and I am pleased to have read an amazing book filled not only of love but of war,history and culture, nobility and family, allies and enemies, of secrets plots and spies, of voyage. A book that will keep you enthralled the whole time you are reading it. It did not dissapoint me at all. I like so many others have been enchanted by the Taj Mahal (Mahal in Filipino means Love) and when I found this book I barely put it down. Though I already know the history of the Taj Mahal, the author wrote something fascinating to breathe new life to its story. I will be waiting patiently for the movie release. For sure it will be spellbounding.

ASTOUNDING! A 5 out of 5 stars.


Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Memory Keeper's Daughter

All of us have our own stories to tell based on our past. Stories that mold our life at present. Our present indeed has come because of our past. But what if your past is filled with so much pain, secrets, and lies....what will become of your present and ultimately your future.

The Memory Keeper's Daughter is a book based on one man's secret Dr.David Henry. A secret he tried all of his life to hide, to escape from but of what consequence. It started on a snowy night, his wife Norah was in labor. He with a trustworthy nurse Caroline delivered twins Paul and Phoebe. But Phoebe is different. Wanting to protect his family from the pain of having a child with Down's syndrome David decided to keep a lifelong secret, and lied to her wife and ultimately his son Paul that Phoebe died in delievery. Caroline who was suppose to leave poor Phoebe in an instituiton decided to keep her own secret. She took Phoebe away and raised her as her own daughter.

How will this secret mold the lives of these people. Will they ever know what happened on that cold 1964 night that a special child named Phoebe was not dead but only hidden.

I give this book a three stars out of five. The book for me doesnt have a lot of grip and suspense. Ultimately the one thing that kept me reading was that I wanted to know if both lives will emerge in the end.

That's all for now.

Enjoy your reads because I am here !!