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So much potential, but so lacking....,
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This review is from: Bengali Girls Don't: Based on a True Story (Memoirs of a Muslim Daughter) (Kindle Edition)
This is a very sad story of a girl whose life is completely taken from her for the first 30 or more years of her life (as I will go onto mention, the writing of this book makes it confusing at times, so not sure on times anymore) ...
The synopsis is full of promise, the book itself is full of promise, but the writing style and the content lets it down completely.
I was pulled in from the first page, as it started in the midst of the war between East and West Pakistan, and it was an all action start. And actually the first third or so of the book was an engaging, interesting read, and I think it was this that kept me going till the end.
I was frustrated by the way that the book was full of jumps and gaps, and some things not explained enough and others too much... Sometimes the book would touch on something that sounded interesting, then you'd not hear of it again which was confusing and so frustrating. Also, once Luky was married, it seemed to skim over the whole marriage and skip 17 years in a heart beat, which didn't really push home the level of abuse and suffering it was supposed to, as it all was so quick compared to the happier beginnings in Bradford. I also found it confusing how lots of characters (like siblings, cousins etc) were written about but not introduced properly, even at the start we went from Luky being a new born and therefore the youngest with two older brothers, to Luky having 3 younger sisters, I think... not sure... Oh and when Luky gave birth, it was rushed over like it meant nothing... I don't even understand how she got to America.... I could go on for ages about gaps and confusions I had, but on the whole I am trying to say, WOW IT WAS GAPPY!!
One other thing I found difficult was the style of writing jumped around, at one point around mid way, it changed from being told like a story in third person, to being told through transcripts of therapy (I think?!?! I wasn't totally sure), it then jumped back and forth with no warning between the two styles of writing. Very strange, and seemed like an afterthought to do it that way which was then plonked in half way..
On the whole, Luky clearly has a fascinating life story to tell, but it needs to be told in a better manner.