: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel (): Anthony Marra: Books. : A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel (Audible Audio Edition): Anthony Marra, Colette Whitaker, Random House Audio: Books. by Anthony Marra (Hogarth) A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Marra is a brisk and able storyteller, and he moves deftly between a.
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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, review – Telegraph
It takes some patience but in the end, it was really worth it as it all comes brilliantly together and things become clear just how extraordinary this story really is. The surgeon, who assumes she has cauterized her affections, spars with Akhmed in a way that tempts us to anticipate some romantic engagement, maybe even a little happiness. They, in their lives, their words, and their actions show us the brutality of what they suffered under the ruinous Russian rule. His descriptions linger in the memory and stop the eye on the page.
Author has woven a story around these characters going back and forth in time. Debra I loved this book! Love is in these pages, with a beautiful underlying message of forgiveness. View all 27 comments. For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an un In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. None was remarkable when compared to the next, but each was individual in some small regard: To say this was an excellent book would be an understatement.
View all 23 comments. View all 11 comments. The writing moves us forward, as do the characters, who to stay sane sometimes need to burrow into the past.
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The heart of the story encompasses a young girl left fatherless by a family friend turned informer and the people willing to put themselves on the line to keep her safe. I am in awe; Anthony Marra has a rare gift with words. The lyrical prose in this book was outstanding.
Instead, these are just fathers and mothers and children — neighbors snagged in the claws of history. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Return to Book Page. First Sonja refuses to take in Havaa, but Akhmed volunteers to help her with patients in exchange and Sonja relents.
I cannot wait to see what Anthony Marra creates next! And I give him plenty of points for ambition.
If you constellatioon as much as I do or even if you don’tyou’re bound to come anthong a book that is hailed by literary critics phenomenw readers as one of the greatest things ever, but no matter how much you try and read it and are determined to love it, it just doesn’t click for you.
It takes place in post-war Chechnya, but don’t be alarmed if you don’t know much about the Chechen conflict with Russia — the rich storytelling and the gorgeous prose will draw you in, and by the end of the book you could captivate an audience with these wartime stories. He had led the girl to the middle of the street before he raised his eyes to what had been her house. Marra does this in spades.
I think some writers are equivalent of chocolatiers, making bonbon after truffle upon caramel. For their entire lives, even before they met you, your mother and father held their love for you inside their hearts like an acorn holds an oak tree.
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He read up on the non-fiction reports he could find from the area. I loved this book and did not want it to end. Life is valued by the governing powers as cheaply as in the Nazi concentration camps.
I found the frequent asides about the futures of the surviving characters rather irritating, and I think it does try to squeeze too many elements and too much research in to be entirely convincing, and there is quite a lot of writerly trickery. She became far safer when neighbor Akhmed, a kindly but inept doctor, walked her to a hospital where there was one remaining doctor, a Russian named Sonja. If blurb impressed you, go ahead. About A Constellation of Vital Phenomena New York Times Notable Book of the Year In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home.