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REVIEW Ò A Constellation of Vital Phenomena The woods when her father is abducted by Russian forces Fearing for her life she flees with their neighbor Akhmed a failed physician to the bombed out hospital where Sonja the one remaining doctor treats a steady stream of wounded rebels and refugees and mourns her missing sister Over the course of five dramatic days Akhmed and Sonja reach back into their past. I picked this book for my read an award winner challenge After reading the blurb I knew this is going to be a sad story but what I didn t know was that it was going to be this disappointing So many glowing reviews made me think that it was going to be a book that I would going to remember for a very very long time that too in a good wayStory revolves around Akhmed who is taking care of his bedridden wife but has to leave her behind to take his neighbor s daughter Havaa to local hospital There he reuest Sonja to take in Haava First Sonja refuses to take in Havaa but Akhmed volunteers to help her with patients in exchange and Sonja relents Sonja is the sole doctor running this hospital taking care of ill She is also looking for her sister Natasha who has been missing for some time Khassan a 79 year old is neighbour of Akhmed His son Ramzan is a Russian informant and the one responsible for killing so many of his own village men Author has woven a story around these characters going back and forth in time Though good at times I have few issues with the book1 I had a hard time placing the events because change in time frame was so sudden Most of the times I was few pages in before I realize that I was reading events from past2 Different story lines took too long to converge in the end Other than Akhmed and Khassan none of the character was impressive They were dull 3 Sentences like these In twenty eight years and seven months at a limnology conference in Cologne the girl would meet the man she was to marry nine years later At the age of forty six she would have her one and only child in the same maternity ward she was born in a boy to carry her father s name hers would be the second had sot hold him At the age of sixty eight she would hold her first grandson also to carry her father s name hers would be the third handsThis book is full of these kinds of references Initially I was very impressed but halfway through I realized they were not related to the story They re part of the epilogue that we don t have in this book It was told us through these I was tired of these by the end of the bookBut there are plenty of glowing reviews for this book here on GR If blurb impressed you go ahead Perhaps you might end up liking this Cross Laminated Timber Design doctor treats a steady stream of wounded rebels and refugees and mourns her missing sister Over the course of five Her Guilty Secret dramatic High Risk Affair Silhouette Intimate Moments days Akhmed and Sonja reach back into their past. I picked this book for my read an award winner challenge After reading the blurb I knew this is going to be a sad story but what I Monophobia 1 didn t know was that it was going to be this The Passionate Lover disappointing So many glowing reviews made me think that it was going to be a book that I would going to remember for a very very long time that too in a good wayStory revolves around Akhmed who is taking care of his bedridden wife but has to leave her behind to take his neighbor s Nouns Verbs daughter Havaa to local hospital There he reuest Sonja to take in Haava First Sonja refuses to take in Havaa but Akhmed volunteers to help her with patients in exchange and Sonja relents Sonja is the sole Thicker Than Water The Grayson Trilogy #3 doctor running this hospital taking care of ill She is also looking for her sister Natasha who has been missing for some time Khassan a 79 year old is neighbour of Akhmed His son Ramzan is a Russian informant and the one responsible for killing so many of his own village men Author has woven a story around these characters going back and forth in time Though good at times I have few issues with the book1 I had a hard time placing the events because change in time frame was so sudden Most of the times I was few pages in before I realize that I was reading events from past2 Different story lines took too long to converge in the end Other than Akhmed and Khassan none of the character was impressive They were Colton Cowboy Standoff Coltons of Roaring Springs #1 dull 3 Sentences like these In twenty eight years and seven months at a limnology conference in Cologne the girl would meet the man she was to marry nine years later At the age of forty six she would have her one and only child in the same maternity ward she was born in a boy to carry her father s name hers would be the second had sot hold him At the age of sixty eight she would hold her first grandson also to carry her father s name hers would be the third handsThis book is full of these kinds of references Initially I was very impressed but halfway through I realized they were not related to the story They re part of the epilogue that we Someday Jennifer don t have in this book It was told us through these I was tired of these by the end of the bookBut there are plenty of glowing reviews for this book here on GR If blurb impressed you go ahead Perhaps you might end up liking this

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REVIEW Ò A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Stegner Fellow Iowa MFA and winner of The Atlantic's Student Writing Contest Anthony Marra has written 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 conseuencesIn the final days of December 2004 in a small rural village in Chechnya eight year old Havaa hides in. The history of ethnic strife in Chechnya is long and confusing Anthony Marra bypasses the facts and figures and takes us directly into the lives of ordinary people trying to make a meaningful existence amid the rubble and death and ongoing violence Living in a state of constant trauma changes all the rules Young and old ethnic Russians and Chechen Muslims the characters lives intersect in such a way that they cannot hate each other with the intensity prescribed by their ancestorsWith a complete absence of emotional manipulation Marra takes us back and forth in the lives of the characters moving along a timeline from 1994 to 2004 As they move in and out of periods of war we see the events that led them to their current behaviors Their choices begin to make sense when we see how they have suffered and the sins they have committed in the name of self preservation These are the sins for which they are now seeking absolution whether from a higher power or from those they have wrongedI m a picky reader and my friends tell me I m a hard grader when I rate books I m always skeptical when I hear raves about an up and coming author who s supposed to be the latest writing phenomenon I always have to give them a chance though because once in awhile they turn out to be as talented as promised Anthony Marra is one of those who deserves all the praise he s receiving If you like serious literary fiction this is a novel you won t want to missADDENDUM If you think you re too much of a history dolt to enjoy this book don t let that stop you A uick overview here with focus on the First Chechen War Interwar Period and Second Chechen War will give you enough context to understand the impact on the characters the economy and the infrastructure of the country Goodnight Moon debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital where a tough minded A Hundred Summers doctor Cross Laminated Timber Design decides to harbor a hunted young girl with powerful conseuencesIn the final Her Guilty Secret days of December 2004 in a small rural village in Chechnya eight year old Havaa hides in. The history of ethnic strife in Chechnya is long and confusing Anthony Marra bypasses the facts and figures and takes us High Risk Affair Silhouette Intimate Moments directly into the lives of ordinary people trying to make a meaningful existence amid the rubble and Monophobia 1 death and ongoing violence Living in a state of constant trauma changes all the rules Young and old ethnic Russians and Chechen Muslims the characters lives intersect in such a way that they cannot hate each other with the intensity prescribed by their ancestorsWith a complete absence of emotional manipulation Marra takes us back and forth in the lives of the characters moving along a timeline from 1994 to 2004 As they move in and out of periods of war we see the events that led them to their current behaviors Their choices begin to make sense when we see how they have suffered and the sins they have committed in the name of self preservation These are the sins for which they are now seeking absolution whether from a higher power or from those they have wrongedI m a picky reader and my friends tell me I m a hard grader when I rate books I m always skeptical when I hear raves about an up and coming author who s supposed to be the latest writing phenomenon I always have to give them a chance though because once in awhile they turn out to be as talented as promised Anthony Marra is one of those who The Passionate Lover deserves all the praise he s receiving If you like serious literary fiction this is a novel you won t want to missADDENDUM If you think you re too much of a history Nouns Verbs dolt to enjoy this book Thicker Than Water The Grayson Trilogy #3 don t let that stop you A uick overview here with focus on the First Chechen War Interwar Period and Second Chechen War will give you enough context to understand the impact on the characters the economy and the infrastructure of the country

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REVIEW Ò A Constellation of Vital Phenomena S to unravel the intricate mystery of coincidence betrayal and forgiveness that unexpectedly binds them and decides their fate With The English Patient's dramatic sweep and The Tiger's Wife's expert sense of place Marra gives us a searing debut about the transcendent power of love in wartime and how it can cause us to become greater than we ever thought possib. We all know as William Tecumseh Sherman once noted that War is Hell Later Jean Paul Sartre concluded that Hell is other people It therefore stands to reason that war is other people Good thing for me that it s about others because what Marra described in this book sounded awful We got chopped off fingers burned down houses torture induced ratting and a whole host of other atrocities It was set in Chechnya in 2004 with much of the story backfilled from the prior decade of war Russian politics and regional dynamics were deemphasized though so it was somewhat generically about any oppressed occupied state The focus was clearly on the human side Three main characters filled the pages The story began as eight year old Havaa watched her house burn down from the relative safety of the forest she was told to hide in when the Russian soldiers arrived She became far safer when neighbor Akhmed a kindly but inept doctor walked her to a hospital where there was one remaining doctor a Russian named Sonja His best hope for Havaa was that the brusue but talented Sonja would take the girl in Havaa was precocious and was maybe one of the few people in Sonja s league intellectually so that helped her odds But these things have to develop at novel length pace right The cumulative conflict along the way has to reach a tipping point A secondary set of characters got POV spotlights as well including Akhmed s physically and mentally compromised wife Havaa s loving father who had just been taken away Sonja s beautiful better liked now missing sister and an old villager named Khassan who had written a massive history of the Chechen people Khassan s son a pariah for informing on his neighbors had a story too a sad multi sided one The title came from an old medical textbook Sonja owned Only one entry supplied an adeuate definition and she circled it with red ink and referred to it nightly Life a constellation of vital phenomena organization irritability movement growth reproduction adaptation Marra no doubt wanted this to apply widely to his entire book with life intensified by perils of death Did he succeed Well I ve been trying to sort that out It s safe to say that he s a young man with promise And I give him plenty of points for ambition The parts I d criticize are really a matter of taste I know too given all the stars this one gets from discerning friends that my own view is not the popular one but I did find it a tad overdone This may seem odd coming from a guy whose catch phrase is Nothing exceeds like excess but at times I felt that A Constellation of Vital Phenomena was an entanglement of florid descriptors or maybe an agglomeration of symphonious hyperbole More than once I got a sense of him in a creative writing class vying for teacher s pet status The structuring was fine with the to and fro in time generally adding interest He did have this uirk though were he d randomly fast forward the life of some insignificant character telling us for no apparent reason that say twenty eight years after the war a nameless sentry we just met retired from his career as a teacher It was a device that called attention to itself and risked breaking the spell Better to crawl deeper into the skin of someone we re meant to care aboutI m giving this 35 stars and rounding to 4 The vitality is there as is the poignancy The fact that I debated my own feelings about it meant that he made me think which I should count as a good thing I ll be interested to see what a few years of ripening will do to Marra as a writer It s a good bet his book of short stories The Tsar of Love and Techno will influence my eventual view The Victorians decides their fate With The English Patient's Navigating Social Journalism dramatic sweep and The Tiger's Wife's expert sense of place Marra gives us a searing My Biggest Mistake debut about the transcendent power of love in wartime and how it can cause us to become greater than we ever thought possib. 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    PDF/EPUB A Constellation of Vital Phenomena This beautiful and haunting novel is one of my favorite books of 2013 It takes place in post war Chechnya but don't be alarmed if you don't know much about the Chechen conflict with Russia — the rich storytelling and the gorgeous prose will draw you in and by the end of the book you could captivate an audience with these wartime stories But

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    Anthony Marra ê 1 REVIEW PDF/EPUB A Constellation of Vital Phenomena I picked this book for my “read an award winner” challenge After reading the blurb I knew this is going to be a sad story but what I didn’t know was that it was going to be this disappointing So many glowing reviews made me think that it was going to be a book that I would going to remember for a very very long time that too in a good wayStory revolves around Akhmed who is taking care of his bedridden wife but has to leave

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    PDF/EPUB A Constellation of Vital Phenomena FREE DOWNLOAD A Constellation of Vital Phenomena As well as being the most cleverly structured novel I’ve read all year A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon also features some of the most memorable characters Ostensibly the novel is set in Chechnya though in many ways the novel depicts a generic modern war and the terrifying lawlessness that prevails in an invaded country I have to say I learnt next to nothing about the Chechen wars Marra uses an invented town in t

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    FREE DOWNLOAD é GRUPOSIAM.CO ê Anthony Marra PDF/EPUB A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Anthony Marra’s Chechnya is every bit as bleak and brutal as the post apocalyptic world Cormac McCarthy creates in The Road Life is valued by the governing powers as cheaply as in the Nazi concentration camps The novel isn’t so much about the wars in Chechnya per se as how individuals relate to each other when law and order has been perverted out of all recognition and they only have their own moral compass as a guide The novel features

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