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One Amazing Thing By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni One Amazing Thing An acclaimed novel by the author of The Mistress of Spices and Before We Visit the Goddess Jhumpa Lahiri praises One Amazing Thing collapses the walls dividing characters and cultures what endures is

  • Title: One Amazing Thing
  • Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • ISBN: 9781401340995
  • Page: 237
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One Amazing Thing By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni An acclaimed novel by the author of The Mistress of Spices, and Before We Visit the Goddess Jhumpa Lahiri praises One Amazing Thing collapses the walls dividing characters and cultures what endures is a chorus of voices in one single room Late afternoon sun sneaks through the windows of a passport and visa office in an unnamed American city Most customers and even moAn acclaimed novel by the author of The Mistress of Spices, and Before We Visit the Goddess Jhumpa Lahiri praises One Amazing Thing collapses the walls dividing characters and cultures what endures is a chorus of voices in one single room Late afternoon sun sneaks through the windows of a passport and visa office in an unnamed American city Most customers and even most office workers have come and gone, but nine people remain A punky teenager with an unexpected gift An upper class Caucasian couple whose relationship is disintegrating A young Muslim American man struggling with the fallout of 9 11 A graduate student haunted by a question about love An African American ex soldier searching for redemption A Chinese grandmother with a secret past And two visa office workers on the verge of an adulterous affair When an earthquake rips through the afternoon lull, trapping these nine characters together, their focus first jolts to their collective struggle to survive There s little food The office begins to flood Then, at a moment when the psychological and emotional stress seems nearly too much for them to bear, the young graduate student suggests that each tell a personal tale, one amazing thing from their lives, which they have never told anyone before And as their surprising stories of romance, marriage, family, political upheaval, and self discovery unfold against the urgency of their life or death circumstanc
    One Amazing Thing By Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

    One Amazing Thing Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee Jhumpa Lahiri praises One Amazing Thing collapses the walls dividing characters and cultures what endures is a chorus of voices in one single room Late afternoon sun sneaks through the windows of a passport and visa office in an unnamed American city Most customers and even most office workers have come and gone, but nine people remain. OneAmazingThing Personal Fulfillment and Community OneAmazingThing is a free program that encourages personal empowerment and fulfillment through a day journey toward a single personal aspiration working on anything that one would find to be amazing Success is nurtured by occasional and supportive text messages from the platform. One Amazing Thing One Amazing Thing Summary and Study Guide SuperSummary Published in , novelist and poet Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni s One Amazing Thing tells the story of nine people from diverse backgrounds who become trapped inside the visa office of the Indian Consulate after a major earthquake hits. One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni One Amazing Thing An acclaimed novel by the author of The Mistress of Spices, and Before We Visit the Goddess Jhumpa Lahiri praises One Amazing Thing collapses the walls dividing characters and cultures what endures is a chorus of voices in one single room. One Amazing Thing Walmart Walmart Up to sh backOne Amazing Thing is a passionate creation about survival and about the reasons to survive An acclaimed novel by the author of The Mistress of Spices, and Before We Visit the Goddess Jhumpa Lahiri praises One Amazing Thing collapses the walls dividing characters and cultures what endures is a chorus of voices in one single room. One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Publisher s Summary Winner of a Pushcart Prize for poetry and an American Book Award for her short stories, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores themes of women, immigration, and her vibrant Indian culture to great effect Divakaruni expands on these ideas in One Amazing Thing, a project long in the making and full of electric prose. One Amazing Thing Character Analysis SuperSummary One Amazing Thing Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni One Amazing Thing Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Save Download Enjoy this free preview Unlock all pages of this Study Guide by subscribing today Get started Summary Chapter Summaries Analyses Chapters Chapters Chapters Chapters Character Analysis. Book Review Chita Banerjee Divakaruni s One Amazing Feb , This storytelling legacy shines brightly in her entrancing new novel, One Amazing Thing, in which nine people in the passport office in the basement of

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    1. Shalyn on said:

      This is another book introduced to me through my book club In short, nine people trapped in a crumbling building after an earthquake share stories about themselves to pass the time and distract themselves from the desperateness of their situation In considering it, we read the synopsis and I remember thinking, so is this supposed to be a kind of modern remake of The Canterbury Tales Then, sure enough, the character of the book that suggests the story telling does so because she is a fan of Chauc [...]

    2. jo on said:

      this is a delicate, almost fragile book, and it won t stay with you the way other books do it will disintegrate in your memory and all you ll remember is that a bunch of people got stuck in a basement during a california earthquake and, in order to survive, swapped stories the stories started off sluggish who wants to tell stories but became terribly urgent as the day and night wore on this is all you ll remember you won t remember the stories the stories are not remarkable they are not meant to [...]

    3. Connie on said:

      Thanks to my book club for introducing this author to me She is apparently known for her short stories, and this novel reads like a collection, and it is The characters trapped together after an earthquake share their stories, share the one amazing thing in their lives The surprise to me is that for the most part the stories were not uplifting, nor amazing They were stories of what was important to the storyteller, they were stories that were spoken aloud for the benefit of the teller, not the l [...]

    4. Britany on said:

      One Amazing Thing shares with us how 9 strangers stuck in an earthquake riddled building that is slowly collapsing all around them, that there is hope, and comfort in stories Each person shares One Amazing Thing from their lives Some of the stories were heartbreaking, all carried themes of guilt, sorrow, and acceptance I wanted from the stories Instead, they all ended abruptly leavinig me wanting depth from these characters These stories could ve been much powerful to the reader and the premi [...]

    5. ☮Karen on said:

      Nine very diverse people, trapped in an office following an earthquake, decide to pass the time by recounting a special time in their lives The stories are told one by one, not much is memorable about most of them, not much is amazing really, just the fact that each storyteller took away something of value from those times Just everyday life Interesting how the stories seemed to help in their collective struggle to get free from the collapsed building I expected to be amazed I do like this auth [...]

    6. Barbara on said:

      I was impressed by the unusual and imaginative premise devised by Divakaruni almost immediately The plot focuses on a group of unaquainted people who are trapped in a passport office following an earthquake The author has expertly imparted the emotions and the actions of the nine characters involved In order to maintain a semblance of equilibrium and relieve stress among these survivors, it was suggested that each should relate a significant story in his her life Each narration was intriguing an [...]

    7. Kieran Walsh on said:

      I was a little disappointed with this one I ve always enjoyed the idea of strangers sharing stories and the context here was a good one random customers employees of Indian consulate trapped in the basement office building after an earthquake What was, I had hoped, a Scheherazade type of story series really ended up being, with the exception of one or two, a hodge podge of uninteresting recount of situations stories, certainly not For fictional purposes I think ordinary lives could have afforded [...]

    8. Avanthika on said:

      Nine lives from nine different cultures with nine different stories are waiting for their VISA when the inevitable happens Earthquake strikes to reduce their building into rubbles Amidst the dampness in air, scarcity in food, depressing darkness and diminishing hope, they are opening up to share one amazing thing from their lives, one after the other Trust me, one amazing thing is one of the best book that I ve read this year None of the characters are unusual or super man ified They re just hum [...]

    9. April on said:

      One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a smattering of short stories within the context of a larger story Basically an earth quake hits some town in California, so I think nine people are trapped in the Indian Consulate office These people are all panicing and unhappy until Uma, a grad student who reads awesome books like The Canterbury Tales comes up with the idea to have all who are trapped share one amazing story from their lives.Read the rest of my review here

    10. Elevate Difference on said:

      One Amazing Thing is one amazing set of well woven characters and stories One scene, one event, one moment has drawn a complex set of diverse actors together in this novel, and Divakaruni does an excellent job of giving each character the perspective and depth that we need to not only listen to their voice, but to stand outside of them and see them as their companions on this journey do.Set in a city less visa office, a group of applicants waits for their turn to handle the bureaucracy required [...]

    11. Book Concierge on said:

      3.5 When an earthquake strikes, nine people are trapped in the basement of the Indian consulate an upper class Caucasian couple with a troubled marriage, a young Muslim American man with a tendency to act rashly, a graduate student whose parents have returned to India, an African American Vietnam veteran, a Chinese grandmother with a secret along with her punk rock teenage granddaughter, and two visa office workers I was immediately caught up in the present day story of these nine people trapped [...]

    12. Susan Johnson on said:

      I really liked this book It is the story of nine people trapped in an office after an earthquake It is the Indian consul and for various reasons they all have a connection to India As they are trapped, the water is rising, the roof is collapsing and various other problems keep occurring.As they wait for a rescue that may never come, they each tell a story from their past It s called one amazing thing but the stories, by themselves, are not amazing They are moments that change the course of their [...]

    13. Meegan McCorkle on said:

      This book made me think of Amy Tan s novels, very compelling, gripping, individual stories For a short book, I thought the characters were developed fairly thoroughly But I can t help but feel cheated by the ending Why the need to leave us hanging I guess we re supposed to deduce the ending from Uma began the end of her story But why kill these characters Bigger meaning Every life has meaning, has one amazing thing Up to the end, I would have recommended this highly It s original, and compelling [...]

    14. Anna on said:

      This is another story that starts off with a great premise, but misses the mark in its execution In this case the author uses Geoffrey Chaucer s Canterbury Tales as her inspiration.Here, the action takes place in San Francisco at the Indian Consulate As the day wears on, there is a sudden earthquake with aftershocks and 9 people seven visa applicants and 2 consular employees realize that they are trapped There is panic and some physical injuries At first, each person is wrapped up in his individ [...]

    15. Wallace on said:

      The latest book sent to me from Hyperion Voice is called One Amazing Thing I read half of the book today in just a little over an hour At first, it was a bit hard to digest considering it is about a large earthquake that traps a motley crew of people in a basement of a visa office In light of what is going on in the real world, this was not what I wanted to read However, I became hooked Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is a talented writer, who s work and this particular book is touted by such impress [...]

    16. Denise on said:

      Mildly absorbing but incomplete, thus unsatisfying, March 27, 2010This review is from One Amazing Thing Hardcover After I finished the book I went back to the beginning again just to clarify how it all began Found a second read of it interesting BUT, I hated the ending It s what a consider a NON ending and thus leaves me as a reader very frustrated I don t like reading books that make me have to try to guess what happened If I wanted to write a story, I would I expect the author to finish her j [...]

    17. Priya on said:

      One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni opens with Uma, a Medieval Lit student and someone I could instantly connect to, sitting in the lobby of the Indian Consulate Building, waiting to get her Visa done It is dull and slow, the employees in no hurry to get things done on time, a typical Indian office maintaining its charm even in the middle of America There are a number of people there, a Chinese woman and her granddaughter, an African American man, an old couple, the Indian staff and [...]

    18. Nadira on said:

      One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni I give it 3.5 stars The story follows nine very diverse people, who get trapped in an office following an earthquake Desperate, hopeless times call for strange reactions in people Everyone reacts differently This group decide to narrate stories about that One Amazing Thing in their lives Surprisingly, the stories are like an everyday storyne of them that amazing or uplifting to the listener but so important and momentous to the speaker It was a ver [...]

    19. Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day) on said:

      In an unnamed American city, seven customers and two officials remained in the visa office of an Indian consulate, during the late afternoon, each lost in his or her own thoughts, when an earthquake struck Amidst the chaos that follows, only one person, Cameron, an African American ex soldier retains his senses He tries to calm the people down, and keep them away from the collapsed section of the office Soon after, everyone s focus turns to survival They try to scrape together as much food as po [...]

    20. Matthew Kozak on said:

      I really enjoyed this novel It is a character study, and I am the type who will go on almost any journey if I like the company enough characters of books in this case.The writing was eloquent, and the descriptions and imagery of many items in the story BUT especially of the salon shop and of Indian cuisine that made me want to visit that country in particular were puncturing.I had not read anything by Chitra Divakaruni before, but I look forward to reading of her work if given the opportunity H [...]

    21. Michael on said:

      Nine strangers are in the Indian consulate s office of an American city to apply for visas for their trips to India when an earthquake strikes, leaving them all trapped together The doorways are blocked, no escape is possible and amid rising water and increasing gas in the air, the sense of doom and panic among the survivors begins to increase One of the strangers, Uma, an Indian American woman, who coincidentally was reading The Canterbury Tales as the story opens, suggests that each of the nin [...]

    22. Martha☀ on said:

      When a significant earthquake hits California, nine people are trapped in the India consulate office Hours go by hunger sets in tempers and anxieties are high food is pooled aftershocks occur As each of them awaits the worst, Uma suggests that they each tell a story of One Amazing Thing that each has witnessed in his her life This minor distraction helps to pass the time and forms bonds between these unlikely characters As each person tells their story, Divakaruni succeeds in capturing a unique [...]

    23. Monica on said:

      This book is about the personal stories of nine people trapped in a basement in a visa office as they wait for either rescue or death To keep themselves distracted from what has happened, they take turns telling one story about themselves that they feel is the most important to them at that time And this leads to learning a little bit about eacht enough to see what shapes their personalities I like storiesis is why I read And so this is a wonderful book that offers up one big story, the earthqua [...]

    24. ♞ Pat Gent on said:

      This book reads like a collection of short stories tied together with an overlying setting I think the whole of the book is about how our lives don t ever turn out like we plan and we end up making the best of whatever path we ve chosen Some of us are better equipped to be happy than others, some resourceful, but each of us has at least one amazing thing that, when we look back over our lives, we can pick out and examine and say, there That was it It s an easy read I finished it in an afternoon [...]

    25. Nadya on said:

      Yang membuat saya terkesan pada buku ini adalah setiap karakternya yang memiliki jiwa seakan akan mereka tokoh nyata Kisah kisahnya pun sangat ringan, tidak berbelit belit, tanpa drama berarti namun sangat manusiawi Pada setiap paparan demi paparan cerita, saya diajak menyelami sudut pandang setiap tokoh, dan akhirnya memahami apa yang membuat mereka menjadi diri mereka saat itu Dan yang membuat buku ini semakin KEREN, Divakaruni berhasil menutup kisahnya dengan indah.Ah, saya cinta penulis penu [...]

    26. Deb on said:

      Everybody has a story, or maybe even one amazing thing that s happened to them Amazing is not always a positive word, but it describes something that might have changed a life, or the course of one s story.Some of the stories are heartbreaking, all of them paint a picture of the characters and why they may be who they have become I think the author intentionally tells some of the stories so you are left wanting You have so many questions, want to know the outcome, how the central person was aff [...]

    27. Katbyrdie on said:

      INGENIOUS All character development with little action, and yet I was on the edge of my seat Divakaruni writes with such detail, that I feel as if I saw a movie instead of read a book So many incredibly unique, honest, and ridiculously well developed characters that it s amazing she was able to make each one memorable Also, she brought to life the disaster and fear of such an event I thought, based on the title, that this would be telling the happy stories of each trapped character, but I was gl [...]

    28. Kate on said:

      A good fast read that s not without depth Some of the characters were fleshed out, their stories compelling, but that s just to discuss at book club

    29. Betty-Anne on said:

      Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni s One Amazing Thing is a small but very powerful novel that examines the reactions and motivations of nine people following an earthquake that leaves them trapped in the basement Visa Office of an Indian embassy in an unnamed American town.The focal character is Uma, a young girl of East Indian heritage who is questioning how she feels about love as she endures the long, protracted wait for a Visa to India While she waits, she watches some of the people waiting as well [...]

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