Borderliners by Peter Hoag( Book review)

Synopsis: Peter, Katrina, August have been accepted into the prestigious, elusive private academy. Only the elite get in unless you are poverty-stricken, but smart enough to make good grades. They aren’t that bunch. In fact, the emotional issues they have make it that much more surprising that they we’re admitted at all. Katrina and Peter are orphans. August situation is so grim they are not allowed to talk about it. So why did they get in? Are they apart of a weird social experiment?

My impressions:

Very strong opening. I got the sense right away that something sinister was going on, this undercurrent of secrecy. The school ran like clockwork. There seemed to be the unspoken idea that the students had to be kept on schedule. ….not just on task.

I like how I was gently lead into the plot not jerked into it, like taking a elderly person gently by the hand guiding them along the path. At first.

I’m also fascinated by how a story originally told in Dutch can still be profound in English.( Assuming the nuances and shades of meaning were not lost in translation) The action in the plot had this stop /start quality(mid way to the end of the book) As if someone was using a stop watch to determine where to speed up the story and when to slow it down.

The only thing I didn’t like was toward the end of there were all these theories on time, like ok we get it. Obviously the protagonist in the story is obsessed with the concept that time was not what it appeared to be. By the time we get to this part of the novel it got a little boring for me, but other than that a good read. I would actually read his other books in the future. I gave this book 4 1/2 stars

In Just by e e cummings

In Just –

spring when the world is mud-

luscious the little

lame balloonman

whistles. Far. And wee

and eddieandbill come

running from marbles and

pirarcies and it’s

spring

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer

old balloonman whistles

far. and. wee

and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and

it’s

spring

and

the

goat-footed

balloonMan. whistles

far

and

wee

Book review:Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

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Synopsis “Ghana must go tells the story of Folasade Savage, who leaves Lagos for Pennsylvania where she meets her Ghananian husband, Kweku Sai, a brilliant surgeon. Fola, as she is called gives up her dream of going to law school in order to raise their four children. After losing his job, Kweku abandons them all and returns to Ghana; When the book opens the family has splintered, with no one in regular communication. The news of Kweku’s death in Accra brings the five remaining Sais together for a bittersweet trip to his homeland” Source:Ny times review

 

I was surprised that this was a first novel. Usually it takes at least two novels for some authors to have such a good use of characterizations, description and tension. Many times while reading the book I  felt like I found a set of Russian nesting dolls.  Inside the larger doll there is a smaller doll and inside the smaller doll there is yet another doll. If you scratch the surface of the story there were so many issues created by this one event , just when you think maybe one issue maybe resolved, another dilemma would arise rearing its ugly head. Even though I enjoyed this novel a great deal, I would have to give this book 4 out of 5 stars simply because of the time spent on the issues I felt that we didn’t get to get a little more into the final scene where there is some closure.