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Family Life

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By Akhil Sharma

Published 2014, paperback edition 2015.


OK - This is a charming and endearing family tale that will warm the cockles of your heart!

What’s it about?  - The story begins in Delhi, in the 1970s when 8 year old Ajay is uprooted and moves with his mother, father and brother Birju, to New York.

What can you say about the story telling? – Akhil Sharma reveals himself in this book to be a wonderful story teller. He writes in the first person,  through the eyes of a small boy. His observations are very insightful and incredibly touching.

What did you think of the characterisation? – I fell in love with Ajay and his family from the word ‘Go’. They are very real characters,  indeed they are querky and amusing. I felt their pain, and the tension that develops in the book,  as events unfold. The family find themselves in a plight none of us would want to bear.

What was good about reading this book? – So much was good about this book. It was beautifully written. It was amusing, wise and loving. Akhil Sharma demonstrates the strong bonds that exist in families, their hopes and dreams and the great love they share between them. 

asWhat didn’t you like?- Even though the book contains element of huge sadness, and I don’t like reading sad books! – there was much to laugh about. I found myself looking forward to reading the next chapter. The book was a great entertainment – as a book should be. There was nothing I didn’t like.

How did reading the book make you feel? – I thought a lot about my own family life when I read the book. I found it inspirational that Ajay’s father found a way to move his family to America to a better life, despite all the difficulties he faced. Life can be kind one minute and savage the next. I felt the despair and the pain as the story unfolded. It was a very absorbing book. We all grow and learn from our life experiences. I wonder if the book is based on a true story from the writer’s childhood.

Would you recommend this book? – Yes, I would highly recommend this book. It is an exemplary piece of writing. The book has been crafted into a really exquisite piece of literature. Do yourself a favour – and read it! You will not be disappointed.

Daisy Mae x x

5 out of 5 daisies!

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