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Anita and Me
Anita and Me
by Meera Syal
Edition: Audio Cassette

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book which touches the heart, 18 Dec. 2000
This review is from: Anita and Me (Audio Cassette)
This was the first Meera Syal book I read, and I loved it. Undoutedly one of my favourite books. The protagonist reminded me of myself so much, from when i was growing up. It brought back so many childhood memories, both happy and sad. Syal's writing is excellent, she juxtoposes both humour and pain. One minute, you are laughing your head off and then suddenly, you find tears in your eyes. Syal takes you on a journey to the extreme of your emotions. The immediate story is of a British Asian girl growing up in Tollington. It expresses her experience of childhood into maturity, being her identity. However, the backdrop is of racism. Firstly, racism is implied with reference to the Pakistan and India's split, how after India's independence, Pakistan also wanted independence but this meant that innocent people had to leave their homes. Racism is also highlighted in terms of the protagonist's life in Tollington. An absolutely wonderful book !

One Hundred and One Famous Poems
One Hundred and One Famous Poems
by Roy J. Cook
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely touching and remarkably written, 18 Dec. 2000
I really enjoyed this anthology. Have come across many of these poems before as did English at university. I think the selection was amazing, a bit of Blake, some Coleridge, and Hardy's poems of 1914. Such poems really touch my heart and even though they were written in the victorian days and before, they nevertheless have current social and emotional significance. A wonderful read!

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