India’s political instability is the backdrop and catalyst for Maya’s awakening to the world. KARMA is the story of how a young woman, straddling two cultures and. Karma is the story of how she straddles two cultures, endures Karma. Front Cover. Cathy Ostlere. PRH Canada Young Readers, Mar It is , and fifteen-year-old Maya is on her way to India with her father. She carries with her the ashes of her mother, who has recently committed suicide, and .
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She writes down the unfolding of these horrific events in her diary. Maya has to choose her path or it will be chosen for her.
This is especially difficult for Jiva’s mother whom she calls Mata. I was immediately drawn into Cathy Ostlere’s stunning debut novel, Karma, written in free verse and set in India during the turbulent period immediately after the larma of Indira Gandhi in In this gorgeous, haunting portrait of love, loss, and growing up, Cathy Ostlere – in masterful strokes of verse – has created a simply unforgettable read. She starts out as an average teenage girl.
With no job, no Indian community members with whom to find friendship, Matu was slowly driven mad. Sandeep saw Maya, and knew that he would love her. They arrive, however, on the same day as Prime Vathy Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two of her guards. An aspect I really liked is that for the middle section of the book, the reader is given the point of view of Sandeep, the boy that takes care of Maya while she is in India, lost without her father and mute from the horror she has seen after the assassination of the Indian Prime Minister.
It seemed as though Maya was too filled with grief to think different thoughts. Unfortunately I know this happens all the time.
But, I flipped through the book and it seemed to merely have the structure of poetry and cathg much beyond that, so I gave it a shot, and I’m so glad that I did. It is clear that Cathy Ostlere has spent in India, and the way that she captures her experiences through her characters is very real. In the middle Sandeep fills in with his observations of the elusive girl. Sandeep helps reunite Maya with her father, but they must pay ostldre price with separation.
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If not executed correctly such a bold format would have taken away from the story, but Ostlere used it to enrich the text. Published March 31st by Razorbill first published March 1st Love seems to be a big theme in this novel, despite all the war and chaos.
Because she is both Sikh and Hindu she is also both aggressor and victim, and her insight into the situation is personal and powerful. I liked Sandeep’s character a lot. The story grows on you on such a level, that you start even talking to yourself in verse.
Karma: A Novel in Verse – Cathy Ostlere – Google Books
Read the entire list here. Skip navigation and jump to primary content. This book was a bit choppy in my opinion because the book was written as several poems which forms a story that you would have to picture in your mind alone. The snowball effect of hate, as the men fight an eye for an eye reminds me of the beautiful take on a nursery rhyme that plays at the beginning of the film Free Zone. Jiva, who’s name means ‘life’, has always been different, even in her home country of India, where her ancestors are derived from.
Another important theme found in “Karma” is that of forgiveness page”The dead. Through her, we learn about her family, culture, and life in a small prairie ostleer. Her father is Hindu and her mother is Sikh. But Maya’s already fragile ostleer crumbles when she loses her mother to depression and is taken to India by her father to be married off. Sometimes I thought it was forced.
Jiva, a fifteen year old half-Hindu, half-Sikh lives in Elsinore Manitoba.
No families to tell us how to be. And the environment lstlere was raised in will inform her decisions about who she falls in love with.
KARMA — a novel-in-verse
osltere Her parents story is very much a “Romeo and Juliet” story, a recurring theme throughout the novel. On the train journey, she witnesses unimaginable horrors, and is so traumatized she is unable to speak. It took me about ten pages to get into the “voice” of the author but after that I fell in love with it. The book is marketed as a love story, and it osglere contain a compelling one, but that is not what got my attention. I really liked the verse and the diary style writing for this novel.
Jan 23, Liz rated it really liked it.