I've been posting links to all my blog tour activity on Facebook, and yesterday I came across a negative review. I dutifully posted it under the heading I SUCK, and got some interesting responses:
No you don't.
Pish. It is a wonderful book--beautifully written.
don't let that one write up bother you if you love it then it is art and thier will always be someone who doesn't agree. I have had several artists try to give me advise on my work telling me it's not quality lmao but I have sold more paint...ings then all of them. I had a small painting that didn't make it into an art show and sold it for $500.00 so if you love it keep doing it. I remember when you told me you were going to write I think we were what 15 yrs old? I can't wait to read your book I haven't gotten it yet but I fully intend to. HUGS
Ditto what Ra. said. Will try to deal with some of these issues when you visit my blog soon.
Oh, my gosh! So you just dropped in random stuff -- like the thematic tension between a blond American woman trying to integrate into the Brahmin culture? Methinks that reviewer prefers colorless, plotless, themeless novels. Or maybe she tho...ught she was reading a nonfiction travelogue that got all weirdly personal and stuff. :)
Cheryl, please don't be upset but I was inspired by her comments on the book. Read the comment I left on her blog.
'I am sorry to hear you did not like this book. It's not for everyone. But ironically the reasons you dislike the book are it's... exact strengths! Indian culture is a paradox of modern and traditional.
But in some ways it's no different than America. I will give an example... women are 'supposed' to be liberated and it's not 'supposed' to concern society if she's married or not, or if she's married a long time without kids. But, the reality is that it does. Random people have things to say about this- ironically this is one of the themes in the Eat, Pray, Love book.
Eat, Pray, Love is a popular book because it subscribes to a lot of popular notions about Americans and why we like and go to India.
In this book, Cheryl has done her research well. The fact 'ideas seem to come up randomly' and without any introduction (and also my impression is the time line is not always linear) are hallmark characteristics of Indian literature and more so Indian mythology stories. When I started reading these stories in the mid 90s it was challenging to keep up with the time lines and also to figure out who's who (as the same 'god' has many names and the names that appear to change throughout the book can often refer to the same 'god'). Kudos to Cheryl for understanding this very foreign concept to a typical American mindset.
As an aside I understand India - I lived there two years as the only American in my class. I earned my Master's degree there. I am married to an Indian and visit India regularly. I am very familiar with the cultures of India described in Cheryl's book because I lived in Chennai (Tamil Nadu) and currently visit Kerala regularly. She has described many aspects of daily life very well that are faced by cross-cultural couples and also by people in India who live their daily lives.'