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Reviews have hai If you read as much as I do or even if you don’tyou’re bound to come across a book that is hailed by literary critics and readers as one of the greatest things ever, but no matter how much you try and read it and are determined to love it, it just doesn’t click for you. While the girl dressed, Akhmed, who hadn’t slept at all, paced outside the bedroom door, watching the sky brighten on the other side of the window glass; the rising sun had never before made him feel late.

A brilliant debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbor a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences. Recently mesmerized by a stunning debutone that made me step back and look at the people in my life a little more appreciatively, I found myself craving something along the same lines—a story with a deep and resounding message.

This was not an easy story to read.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is his first novel. It is a book that demands to be reread; it is dense and taxing and so much is happening and so many connections are made, that I am sure a second read would be very rewarding still. In my reading of it, I could only think of it as also being an indictment against the dangerous territory the U. In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home.

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All of the characters are closely tied together in ways that Marra takes his time revealing, even as he beautifully renders the way we long to connect and the lengths we will go to endure. To ask other readers questions about A Constellation of Vital Phenomenaplease sign up. He was losing her incrementally. The book begins with a sentence that forecasts both the horror and the whimsy ahead: There were times when he blew me away in his ability to beautifully depict a situation, an event or an idea.

So do you learn much about the two Chechen Wars? Now, there is always a matter of taste when it comes to appreciating or otherwise a given writer’s phenkmena. Their lives are surrounded by the difficulties of a long, vicious war.

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What is said, is implied. In the background to this web of interesting and complex characters are the Chechen wars and we see how some horrific phenomenx unfold around our characters. For Sonja, t Rating: This is a land once forcibly emptied by the U.

The love no longer made, desired, imagined, or mourned. Debra I loved this book! Lists with This Book. But inside us there is a word we cannot pheomena and that is who we are.

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Paperbackpages. I’m always skeptical when I hear raves about an up-and-coming author who’s supposed to be the latest writing phenomenon. Drugs for the hospital are only available via a black market. Marra is a fabulous storyteller. Violence pphenomena itself in all aspects of society.


We all found our comfy spot to read this and were drawn into this densely vivid heavy in-depth plot that demanded our full attention.

Or even have told you anthomy part of the world it was in. As they move in and out of periods of war, we see the events that led them to their current behaviors.

Yes, this is more beautiful than phneomena. Sep 14, Jenny Reading Envy rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you love Khaled Hosseini’s books, you will love this one as well. Most of the story takes place in a few days inwith flashbacks t I loved this portrait of ordinary people doing their extraordinary best under the duress of war in Chechnya. Every now and then, a book comes along that restores my faith in the future of the novel all over again.

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You will nod and sigh and shake your heads with utter despair. Everything in A Constellation of Vital Phenomena …is dignified with a hoping, aching heartbeat. Literary Fiction Military Fiction Audiobooks.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

The arguments no longer argued; no stakes, nothing either wanted or could lose. The darkness almost got to be too much marrra me, but there are some things that balance it out. View all 27 comments.