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One Amazing Thing (edition 2010)

by Chitra Divakaruni

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Title:One Amazing Thing
Authors:Chitra Divakaruni
Info:Voice (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 240 pages
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One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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When an earthquake rips through the afternoon lull, trapping these nine characters together, their focus first jolts to their collective struggle to survive. There's little food. The office begins to flood. Then, at a moment when the psychological and emotional stress seems nearly too much for them to bear, the young graduate student suggests that each tell a personal tale, "one amazing thing" from their lives, which they have never told anyone before. And as their surprising stories of romance, marriage, family, political upheaval, and self-discovery unfold against the urgency of their life-or-death circumstances, the novel proves the transcendent power of stories and the meaningfulness of human expression itself.
  pj100pl | Sep 28, 2014 |
I had a problem with reading about 9 characters' stories within a 200 page book, perhaps, it is that there are so many left out details. I did not "feel" the characters' voices as much as I would have liked.

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  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Apr 5, 2014 |
I had a problem with reading about 9 characters' stories within a 200 page book, perhaps, it is that there are so many left out details. I did not "feel" the characters' voices as much as I would have liked.

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  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Apr 5, 2014 |
A well-written book that was entertaining enough. While I appreciated the challenge that Divakaruni set for herself, the stories themselves lacked a certain depth which would have made it a really great book. ( )
  eapalmer | Mar 8, 2014 |
What a wonderful read! I love the idea of throwing all these people together, unbeknownst to them, all at a crossroads. The storytelling was magical, as each person describes the single event in their life that completely changed their trajectory. Each story, filled with tragedy also held the joy that can come from adversity - like this opportunity to share and explore their own lives as they face the aftereffects of an earthquake that may mark their end.
I am in love with this concept of the single event that can change a life, so it really took me. Great writing and wonderful stories. ( )
  MarshaKT | Feb 2, 2014 |
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We create stories and stories create us. It is a rondo.
--Chinua Achebe

If no one knows you, then you are no one.
--Dan Chaon
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To my three men
Murthy
Anand
Abhay
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When the first rumble came, no one in the visa office, down in the basement of the Indian consulate, thought anything of it.
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Late afternoon in a passport and visa office in California, nine people are in the office when an earthquake rips through the building trapping these nine together struggling to survive.

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