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The Leaving of Liverpool by Maureen Lee (Book Review)

The Leaving of Liverpool
Maureen Lee
Read: March 13, 2016

I am at the end of yet another beautiful journey. This is not a life-changing novel, but it will warm your heart, make you smile, and teach you about true, unconditional love.

The novel is about two sisters, Mollie and Annemarie, whose lives start to change once they separate on the ship that was supposed to take them from Liverpool to New York, into a better future. They both experienced something terrible, and Mollie wants to take her sister somewhere where they will feel safe. Annemarie hasn't spoken a word since “that night”. Once Mollie stays in Liverpool, and quiet and beautiful Annemarie comes to New York, things start to change for both of them. Annemarie is taken by a stranger into his home, and Mollie, overcome with sadness for having no way to find her sister, tries to build herself a new life in another city. They both come from a small village in Ireland, where their brothers still live.

Even though these two main characters are the ones most mentioned, there are many other characters which you get to love, even though they may not be perfect. Levon Zarian is one of them. When remembering him, my eyes fill with tears because of his true love towards Annemarie. I loved the mention of so many children and their cute behavior, I loved the mention of cats and their care for them, I just enjoyed reading this so much. The only thing I didn't like was epilogue, because it was spoken about the character I did not like at all.

The book starts in the year 1925 and lasts all the way to the end of the Second World War. People celebrate on the streets because the war ended, but there may be some other reasons for celebration in one family. Even though you feel that the book will end happily, you want to move on and read these beautiful passages. I came across this book by chance, but I recommend it to everyone.

Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson (Book Review)

Annie's Song
Catherine Anderson
Read: July 10, 2016

This is one of those books that I have been waiting for. It's not always easy to find such a piece, which make you smile and cry, laugh and shake, and bring a bunch of other different emotions at once. This is the book that I wasn't able to stop reading, and for which I stayed awake almost all night.
Annie is a girl with a disability. Her parents think that she has a brain damage transmitted from her mother's side, but Annie is just deaf. Blinded by their business plans, they are unable to give her normal childhood. They beat her when she does something wrong, they exclude her from all activities, and she is left scared and in her own imaginary world that she is dreaming of constantly.
When Annie is raped, she becomes even more scared of the world, of everything and everybody around her, especially the man who did it. the rapist's brother, physically so similar to him, but mentally so different, tries to smooth out the situation. Once Annie's parents discover she is pregnant, they contact him in panic. Alex decides to marry her and to take her child, divorcing her afterwards. Since they think she has a brain damage, she will not be asked nor she will feel anything.
Innocent and beautiful, Annie soon becomes a subject of interest to Alex, who slowly discovers her real situation. Furious, he goes to her parents and tells them that Annie is deaf and that they treated her wrongly all her poor life. He leaves, sad and desperate, but resolute to help Annie. Learning about her more and more, he falls in love with her, transforming her from a scary child into a loving woman and wife.
Love is the most powerful weapon in this world. It brings about change everywhere. It helped Annie have a normal life like every human being deserves. No matter our abilities and disabilities, we all have feelings, and we all deserve to be loved and to be taken care of. Each of us needs someone to show us love, to show us that we belong to this world, that we are just like others, looking for a safe place to settle in.
This book is so emotional and warm. While it shows the cruelty of the world we live in, it also shows the other, positive side. The positive side wins here. And maybe, only maybe, we can hope that it will win in our reality as well.
I recommend this book to everyone who hasn't read it yet. I am sure I will pick it again some day. Hoping that I will have it on my shelf, where it will have a special place. Surely, it has a special place in my heart.

Honor by Elif Shafak (Book Review)

Elif Shafak
Read: January 4, 2016

I started off with this book very slowly, wanting to read it with full comprehension, just because I love Elif Shafak's writing style, and because I was reading it in the original language (English). Well, that wasn't possible. As I drew closer to the middle of the book, I found myself reading it while everyone else slept, taking all the breaks at the university to read a few more sentences, and, even overcome with fatigue, finishing it tonight.
It is hard to find the right words to describe my feelings after reading this book. It was a great read – something I have not had in a long time. I haven't read something so beautiful, yet equally painful, in a long time, and now, I find myself speechless.

„Tell me, if you teach someone the alphabet, how can you stop him from reading? When one has tasted the elixir of love, how can she not thirst for it? Once you have seen yourself through your beloved’s eyes, you ’re not the same person any longer.“

Oh, Pembe, how I wish you had lived that love you'd experienced for a short time. How I wish so many things about most of you! At least your two youngest children found their peace. And you, too, found yours with your beloved twin, Jemila.

„Once I wished to be the centre of the world, but then I came to accept that I was only one of the many characters in a story, and not even a major character at that.“

This is a quote by Esma, the narrator of the story, although she is the one who speaks least. I find myself in this quote, that is why I have to put it here. Esma is starting off by telling us about her brother who is about to come out of the prison because he has killed their mother. „Honor Killer“, the newspapers say. As the story unfolds, we learn about many of the characters, family members, and events, which are all interconnected. We learn of the family with only daughters, when the father wanted a son. We learn about the twins, girls again, who come to this family and their destinies. We learn about Pembe's family, her love, and, especially, her son, although she has two more children.
I love the words, yet I am not so good at uttering them, putting them on the page where everyone can see them. I wish I could express my thoughts about this book, yet not reveal the truth. However, I appreciate the things I have learned from it. how a single book can teach you so many things about yourself, about life, through other people's lives… priceless.