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Karma

A Novel in Verse
Ostlere, Cathy (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Karma


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In 1984, following her mother's suicide, 15-year-old Maya and her Sikh father travel to New Delhi from Canada to place her mother's ashes in their final resting place. On the night of their arrival, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated, Maya and her father are separated when the city erupts in chaos, and Maya must rely on Sandeep, a boy she has just met, for survival.
Authors: Ostlere, Cathy
Title: Karma
a novel in verse
Publisher: New York, N.Y. :, Razorbill,, c2011
Characteristics: 517 p. :,maps ;,24 cm
Summary: In 1984, following her mother's suicide, 15-year-old Maya and her Sikh father travel to New Delhi from Canada to place her mother's ashes in their final resting place. On the night of their arrival, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated, Maya and her father are separated when the city erupts in chaos, and Maya must rely on Sandeep, a boy she has just met, for survival.
ISBN: 1595143386
9781595143389
Branch Call Number: 813.6
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If you lean toward poetry immerse yourself in this historical time through the journals of Maya and Sandeep.

Report This Jul 19, 2013
  • loonylovesgood rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A great pick for YRCA. I really like books written in verse and I liked the story in this one. Very eye-opening to read about the conflicts in India.

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  • darrenharrypotter123 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved the format of this book and the story was amazing! It was exciting, and I always wanted to keep reading.

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  • _BehindBlueEyes rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I found this book a little hard ro read. It was a different style for me and I can't say I want to read more like it. Others might find this book interesting, but it is not for me. I thought the story line was hard to follow and couldn't get into it.

Report This Apr 11, 2013
  • Chamomile_Calendula rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I completely loved this story. It was AWESOME!

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  • laughing_gal rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book had an interesting perspective and many different characters,each with their own unique personality.

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  • BlueDragon22 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I found that the story and the writing were very unique. I thought that the authors choice of writing it in verses/poetry was quite risky but she pulled it off very well. A beautiful and sad story.

Report This Jul 14, 2012
  • CatherineG_1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Learned a lot about South East Asian Indian women and their strong respect for their culture.

Report This Nov 03, 2011
  • crankylibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Blending novels with poetry is a risky proposition, and can go disastrously awry. Yet Cathy Ostlere manages a complicated narrative from dual points of view, written in the form of several hundred short poems. These are not mere verses or doggerel, but highly imagistic pieces which blend into a gripping adventure and love story. Maya, the daughter of a Hindu mother and Sikh father, lives in small town Canada, where her family suffers from isolation and casual xenophobia. After her mother commits suicide, Maya and her father go on a pilgrimage to India to return her ashes, but are caught up in the horrific anti-Sikh violence following the murder of Indira Gandhi. Separated from her father, a traumatized Maya wanders the country, narrowly escaping abduction, rape, slavery and murder. The only person she can trust is teenage Sandeep, who attempts to protect her from hostile villagers,religious extremists, and his own family. Maya and Sandeep each narrate portions of the story, and each has a distinctive style. Though the plot involves numerous somewhat improbable coincidences, the end result is a novel of beauty passion and heartbreak.

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My sister has a theory about me. You could make a stone sing, Sandeep.

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