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  •  enjoyed your diary (7+ / 0-)

    have yet to read Unaccustomed Earth and will request that at the library now that you have brought it up.

    I have read the other two and it has been quite a while. I was struck with how she was able to inhabit her characters so well with compassion and so realistically. How is she so wise and yet so young? I don't think I understood people so well at that age.

    I also enjoyed how well she wrote about the struggle involved in transitioning between two cultures. Her ability to write about cultural identity in America is exquisite.  

    •  All you say is true and astute, it seems to me. (5+ / 0-)

      "How is she so wise and yet so young?"

      I read an article in which she mentioned that she preferred to listen, growing up - I think she just paid close attention, and, instead of forgetting details, put them together. Being an outsider, at all, encourages sensitivity (also, often, resentment). But, on top of these, she clearly has natural gifts.

      "Her ability to write about cultural identity in America  is exquisite." Yes, and there is so much melting pot here that, even though her specifics are Indian, they relate also to many other immigrant experiences, and how the succeeding generations assimilate.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 06:19:01 PM PST

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      •  Heh! Whenever I read stories, (4+ / 0-)
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        or watch films, by people who obviously "preferred to listen" to their families and friends while they were growing up, I always wish I'd paid more attention!

        •  I particularly wish I could retain the very words, (3+ / 0-)
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          that I could keep in my memory the accent, and the exact ways of wording things, that express individuality.

          I really admire writers who can capture a personality in their way of speaking. Shakespeare wins, I think.

          I'm good at remembering the gist of conversations, but it's all been homogenized into Brechtspeak in my mind.

          I'm sorry, what did you say, Monsieur Georges?

          "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

          by Brecht on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 08:22:05 PM PST

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