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Book Review: ‘A Constellation of Vital Phenomena’ By Anthony Marra| A Broken Landscape : NPR

None was remarkable when compared to the next, but each was individual in some small regard: Not really, other than that they were horrible. Coonstellation and son are at odds anrhony one another and have not spoken in months and it is through Ramzen and his actions that the story that Mr Marra tells is set in motion. The lyricism of the long sentence is what captivated me at the time, but it also encapsulates muc I’m not saying I didn’t like the beginning of this novel, but when I arrived at page vvital, I became hooked, absolutely hooked.

But Sonja and Akhmed forge a reluctant partnership, one which opens both of their eyes to the surprising connections that tie them together. Author has woven a story around these characters going back and forth in time.

Within that suitcase lies a key phenomean Natasha, but that key is not revealed until the novel’s conclusion. A gauze of afternoon cloud cover had wrapped around the sky and she looked up and into it. Taking the factual, sterile, media coverage of a war and turning it into this heartwarming as well as heartbreaking tale, requires an extraordinary talent.

Buy the Audiobook Download: The result is a haunting and original look into many universal themes. Fearing for her life, she flees with their neighbor Ak A brilliant debut novel msrra brings to life an abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbor a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences. I always have to give them a chance, though, because once in awhile they turn out to be as talented as promised. View all 5 comments. When he was gagged with duct tape and bundled away for good, Havaa avoided assassination by sneaking out of the house and hiding in the snow.


Technically he ticks all the boxes. It is a book about forgivene I am in awe; Anthony Marra has a rare gift with words.

Other than Akhmed and Khassan, none of the character was impressive. Are there more surprisingly good moments than there are expectedly Shiny-Brite ones? He needs to find a safe place for her.

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Ostensibly it takes place over five days but the numerous flashbacks scatter compelling mysteries throughout its pages. Jul 21, Margitte rated it it was amazing Shelves: Akhmed, who was a medical student at the very bottom of his class, promises to work as a doctor with Sonja to ensure Havaa is provided for. Although the author does infuse the story with humor, it is ironic znthony, sad humor; humor that laughs at the stupidity of man.

The story begins with 8 year old Haava seeing her father taken by soldiers in the middle of the night. I have just seen that people constelation to Goodreaders the request for recommendations of similar books. The narration by Colette Whitaker was not to my taste either.

If you’re wondering what the title means, it is taken from a definition in a medical dictionary: There are many answers. As they move in and out of periods of war, we see the events that led them to their current behaviors. Akhmed is a Muslim primary care doctor constelltaion a rural community in southern Chechnya.

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 knew little of Chechnya, and Marra does a masterful job of supplying enough information without weighing down the narrative. A neighbor, Akhmed, helps Havaa escape to a nearby town and convinces a doctor, Sonja, to look after her.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. For a first book this book is absolutely amazing. My heart was simply ripped out. Police killed in Chechnya gun battle. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip viatl navigation. As a web is no more than holes woven together, they were bonded by what was no longer there.

The scenes depicted were brutal and raw, the lives that were lost were beyond tragic, the story so interwoven that it demanded one’s constant attention. There is no humanity in war. We see unexploded bombs lying in the street covered with toilet marr clown crying in a basement during an aerial assault,a soldier insisting his prisoners wear seat belts on their way to a death camp.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

But after the halfway mark, I began to appreciate the careful way the story was constructed and looked forward to seeing how the narrative would play conste,lation. This is not a light read and be prepared to be drawn in emotionally. The Battle for Chechnya, New Edition by Sebastian Smith for giving him much of the background he needed to imagine this place, in this time, a ten—year period between and