Saturday, March 23, 2013
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
First and foremost, I have to say that reviewing this type of book is often extremely difficult for me. It becomes hard to objectively criticize a book that is about events in which so many lives were lost. In this case the author lost not only her husband but also her beloved children and parents. With that being said please realize that I am NOT criticizing the choices she made on that fateful day but her uninformative, lackluster writing.
Nearly everyone knows what happened on, December 26, 2004. If you are one of the few who don't know or remember, it was the day of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. Which is one of the deadliest natural disasters on recorded history. This book is the authors account of what happened that day and the following, days, weeks, months and years.
The book starts off strong --- your pulled into that day, her choices, feelings and the chaos the occurred but then it all falls apart. It becomes rather self involved and trite. It isn't organized. You want to feel this agonizing compassion for her and pride her on her courage to share her story but her writing didn't fully compel you -- something was missing. Don't expect too many details of the event. It's more about her, her feelings and grief.
I can't recommend this book but it is very small and takes maybe two hours tops to read, so you don't "lose" anything by reading it.
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