Was it well done? A girl from rural India who, by chance, learns how to read. I appreciated that he portrayed these characters with a numbness, as I think that is what must happen to survive. Several people have compared this book to Anne Frank’s diary, which is not entirely accurate but gives you a sense of the intention of the message. Quote message in reply?
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As the mother of a 9 and 13 year old, I was horrified, disgusted, disturbed and sickened by the story. I highly recommend this book as long as you can stomach it’s content.
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Abuel on Oct 08, This captured his attention and, in turn, resulted glue this book. The Blue Notebook 1 4 Mar 11, I thought the plot overly contrived and shallow, too specific to the protagonist’s view point narration is first person, something I don’t think works when you are trying for a novel which is hoping for a “people are resilient” feel, as espoused in the blurb.
Levine is donating all his U. Well-crafted, although wanted more answers at the end. It is a call to action. Ill1 was 9 when her father sold her into prostitution in Mumbai. At fifteen, she understands her lot in life, but believes in something more It all began, he told me, when, as part of his medical research, he was interviewing nofebook children on a street in Mumbai known as the Street of Cages, where child prostitutes work.
Then again I am sure that leading the life that she is living ages you much faster than the average teen. How did Levine, a British-born doctor at the Mayo Clinic, manage to conjure the voice of a fifteen-year-old female Indian prostitute?
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Levine is relentless with horrific details, and increasingly terrible situations in which he places Batuk. I’m not learning anything new here, and there was no redeeming factor in the book apart from this.
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Apr 20, Nely rated it it was amazing. I read the book in one sitting – no joke. It is the story of Batuk, an Indian girl who is taken to Mumbai from the countryside and sold into prostitution by her father; the blue notebook is her diary, in which she recalls her early childhood, records her life on the Common Street, and makes up beautiful and fantastic tales about a silver-eyed leopard and a poor boy who fells a nottebook with a single gold coin.
Do we close our eyes to such horrible things? Batuk narrates her story and records her grim experiences in a blue notebook.
One is by way of a rich fantasy life into which she escapes.
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Dec 27, Christie rated it liked it. James Levine does an amazing job getting us into the head of Batuk.
Nov 25, Sandy rated it really ll1 it Shelves: To read The Blue Notebook is to bear witness, something we must do if we are to create a world that rejects the exploitation of children and creates a world where they can be safe. She is separated from her reality by blie imaginative fantasy life, hotebook she lives in a gilded room instead of a tiny dirty nest, where men are “bakers” who bake “sweetcakes” with her instead of paying customers who fuck a little girl.
In order to be able to post messages on the Overclock. This is definitely for more mature readers. Ghali, who quickly sold her innocence to the highest bidder before sending her off to “The Orphanage” where her heart-wrenching story nosedived into visceral horror.
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