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Queen of Dreams (edition 2005)

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Title:Queen of Dreams
Authors:Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Info:Anchor (2005), Paperback, 352 pages
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Another 5-star novel: I have now read 4 of Ms. Divakaruni's books, and hope she writes another novel soon. She has a tremendous gift to make her images come to life in your head as you are reading. I also felt again that I was being given a privileged tour of a culture different than my own, and could see my own culture through different eyes. So in addition to being entertained, I was being educated. Along with a great story comes a little magic--in that way her work reminds me of Alice Hoffman--the magic seems like a completely natural and believeable part of the world. Read this book, and then read the rest of her work!
  lonepalm | Feb 5, 2014 |
a well written blend of fantasy story of a dream teller mother and her daughter who is firmly planted in reality.This author is a great storyteller of the Indian and American cultures combined together, ( )
  Smits | Aug 3, 2013 |
I really enjoyed The Mistress of Spices, so was happy to see this come up on Bookmooch.

Rakhi, born and brought in America, but from an Indian family. She has grown apart from her family, mainly because of her father's drinking and her mother's strange 'job' reading dreams. Reading people's dreams, those of strangers, makes her mother distant herself. She sleeps in a separate room, so the dreams can flow. There is an emotional estrangement between the family members, Rakhi feels her mother is disappointed that she doesn't share her gift, her father drinks to try to cope with his loneliness, and her mother is torn between the dreams and wanting a family life.

Rakhi has other problems to deal with. She is divorced, with a daughter, but her ex-husband still gets under her skin, there is a lot of unresolved business between them. His presence affects Rakhi's art, she is a painter, but seems to be blocked. With her business under attack from Java, part of a chain, Rakhi and her friend are encouraged to make their business more unique, like a real Indian chai shop. This turns it into a local meeting point, with music and discussion, as well as a place to eat and drink.

Divakaruni brings all the threads together with her usual fantastic style. I enjoyed reading about the dreams, the art of reading them, and the stories of Rakhi's parents' lives in India before their emigration. Divakaruni draws you, weaving the stories together, making you want to read on. ( )
  soffitta1 | Apr 13, 2011 |
I had hopes for a repeat along the lines of Sister of My Heart, but this story was a different kind of tale.

In Queen of Dreams, Divakaruni focuses on family: a woman and her relationships with her father, mother, ex-husband, and daughter. Above all, this novel points out that we can never truly know every aspect of a person. ( )
  goldnyght | Jun 18, 2010 |
Chitra Divakaruni's Queen of Dreams is shelved as mainstream, but definitely qualifies as fantasy - specifically Indian fantasy. It's about being both Indian and American, about assimilation, about having to reclaim your own culture, about dangerous, real, possessing dreams.
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Dans La Reine des rêves, C. B. Divakaruni retrouve le fil enchanté de La Maîtresse des épices, une prose généreuse où le réalisme se pare de couleurs et de senteurs magiques puisées aux sources profondes de l’Inde.
Rakhi est une jeune artiste et une mère célibataire qui vit à Berkeley, en Californie, et partage ses jours entre son activité de peintre et le salon de thé indien qu’elle tient avec son amie Belle. Sa mère est interprète de rêves et consacre ce don à soulager la détresse et servir les autres. Un don qui fascine Rakhi mais l’isole de sa mère, de ce cœur nourri de mystères et de secrets issus d’une Inde lointaine qu’elle n’a pas connue. Hasards ou signes invisibles à déchiffrer, un réseau de coïncidences troublantes se tisse autour de la vie de Rakhi tandis que la découverte du journal intime de sa mère ouvre la porte de secrets longtemps enfouis. Saura-t-elle lire, elle aussi, la vérité cachée dans les rêves et s’ouvrir à l’amour d’elle-même et des autres ?
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In her most spellbinding novel yet, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni spins a fresh, enchanting story of transformation that is as lyrical as it is dramatic.


Rakhi, a young artist and divorced mother living in Berkeley, California, is struggling to keep her footing with her family and with a world in alarming transition. Her mother is a dream teller, born with the ability to share and interpret the dreams of others, to foresee and guide them through their fates. This gift of vision fascinates Rakhi but also isolates her from her mother's past in India and the dream world she inhabits, and she longs for something to bring them closer. Caught beneath the burden of her own painful secret, Rakhi's solace comes in the discovery, after her mother's death, of her dream journals, which begin to open the long-closed door to her past.

As Rakhi attempts to divine her identity, knowing little of India but drawn inexorably into a sometimes painful history she is only just discovering, her life is shaken by new horrors. In the wake of September 11, she and her friends must deal with dark new complexities about their acculturation. Haunted by nightmares beyond her imagination, she nevertheless finds unexpected blessings: the possibility of new love and understanding for her family.

“A dream is a telegram from the hidden world,” Rakhi's mother writes in her journals. In lush and elegant prose, Divakaruni has crafted a vivid and enduring dream, one that reveals hidden truths about the world we live in, and from which readers will be reluctant to wake.

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"Rakhi, a young artist and divorced mother living in Berkeley, California, is struggling to keep her footing with her family and with a world in alarming transition. Her mother is a dream teller, born with the ability to share and interpret the dreams of others, to foresee and guide them through their fates. This gift of vision fascinates Rakhi but also isolates her from her mother's past in India and the dream world she inhabits, and she longs for something to bring them closer. Caught beneath the burden of her own painful secret, Rakhi's solace comes in the discovery, after her mother's death, of her dream journals, which begin to open the long-closed door to her past." "As Rakhi attempts to divine her identity, knowing little of India but drawn inexorably into a sometimes painful history she is only just discovering, her life is shaken by new horrors. In the wake of September 11, she and her friends must deal with dark new complexities about their acculturation. Haunted by nightmares beyond her imagination, she nevertheless finds unexpected blessings: the possibility of new love and understanding for her family."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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