Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Book review of a memoir I count as an important read-  Becoming by Michelle Obama

Becoming by Michelle Obama is a memoir which holds in its pages her life as a competitive child, a Princeton and Harvard graduate, as a mother, wife and the First Lady (FLOTUS). It is interesting to know about the couple’s journey into politics coming from a fairly simple non-political family background. Becoming is a compilation of Michelle Obama’s thoughts. Hers and only hers. It is about her struggles, vulnerability and her coming to terms with a new life. I have always liked Michelle Obama, since years now. But this book took my likeness for her to a new found level of love and admiration. I precisely don’t know how to proceed with this review but I am going to try nevertheless.

With a status-quo comes responsibilities, fame and the sense of immense subjection to the world as self and family. With every action being taken, every word being said and every movement being guarded the pressure to do things right can be strenuous. Michelle Obama doesn’t try to curb her fears and worries when she talks about their life in the White House. She expresses happiness and remorse without a filter of words. The initiatives they took were thoughtful and driven by compassion. It showed the future they prospected together, the Obama’s. She kept herself in the forefront at a lot of places, voicing herself out fearlessly and at times was an epitome of support that his husband needed while fighting for the presidency, not in the backdrop but by his side.
I loved this book to bits. It told me - Michelle Obama is so much like us and yet so different. Her normalcy intact under her social strata as FLOTUS. Her motherly instincts and worrisome wife thoughts do not lurk behind that title. Her musings are one which every woman comes across. When given a platform she made sure to put it to use addressing the problems that required addressal.

Exceptionally written and worded, Do read it to know how first and foremost you are a person of your thoughts stripped naked of your bulky titles. And when you transform there are some things which do not get changed in the journey.

My Rating:
Glorious 5⭐️/5!
An important memoir I’d recommend.

Monday, 30 December 2019

Golden Child by Claire Adams, a family saga you would like to see as a movie adaptation so the loopholes can be rectified.

If defined succinctly can be called as atmospheric, fragmented and emotional.
When I call it atmospheric I mean every scene is like a reel running in the screen of your mind. The author with her writing skills makes it easy for us to capture the emotions, thoughts and ambience of a situation and characters really well. The story is set in Trinidad. It is about Clyde and his family with two sons- Peter and Paul. They are twins but as different as two magnetic poles. While Peter is remarked as a genius, it is Paul who raises curious eyes. He is odd is what people think. One day, Paul goes missing and the rest the of the story in shifting timelines oscillates between past and present day scenario.

Claire Adam frames the setting of the story very well. She makes us acquainted with the characters so we don’t seem to find trouble gathering a “why?” to their actions. It talks of pseudo societal bonds and fractured familial relationships very aptly. While everything seemed like working it’s magic, I felt there were fragmented parts which took away from the story. There are some harrowing moments and you feel for Paul; for Clyde too because as a parent choosing a child is not easy. Never easy. As a mother who is bound to be the most affected, Joy's thoughts over the whole fiasco of Paul missing looked foggy. It is only towards the end I found some feeble moments of remorse from her. While this could be declared as a perfect hit, little things made it miss its mark from being a perfectly written family saga. For instance, I wanted more clarity from Clyde over his decisions. Just like Rafiq’s point of view and a chapter dedication in "A place for us" by Fatima Farheen Mirza. As debut writers the comparison between the two- Claire Adams and Fatima was inevitable.

All my points to the writing- piercing, characters- framed very well and the transportive capability of the author used to make the reader travel to Trinidad in Clyde’s brick house, with Paul by the river side and with Peter while he approaches his and his father’s dream. There was something amiss making it look fractured, like disrupting the flow of a stream. It needed an element to smooth things out, to comfort and leave its mark engraved with emotions.

My Rating:

Thank you to the publishers- Crownpublishing and Penguinrandomhouse #sjpforhogarth for the review copy.

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