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Book - White Oleander

Simply Superb!...One of the few books who could make me think so is a must read for all those who believe that (sadness and not happiness) adds dimensions to personality of a human being...

Astrid (narrator of story) amidst the rigmarole of life is left alone...Ingrid, her mother, is too busy in her life - fighting the demons of her life....never giving Astrid the due affection but leaving her to get mature when she should be playing with Barbie! Ingrid goes to jail coz of killing one such lover and goes to jail leaving Astrid to go to foster homes.

It is then that Astrid learns to live - from the age of 12 to 20 in the book - from all the crests and troughs of life...seeing that she has to be alone...learning that loneliness is not just an emotion but way of life...

Since Astrid was always awed by her mother...loved her too much and that is why she hated her as well too much ...(because the fact is hatred is mirror image of love and you hate those people more whom you have loved at one point of time)
'Loneliness is the human condition. Cultivate it. The way it tunnels into you allows your soul room to grow. Never expect to outgrow loneliness. Never hope to find people who will understand you, someone to fill that space. And intelligent, sensitive person is the exception, the very great exception. If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way.' ...more quotes from the book here

Astrid seemed to be an intrepid adventurer throughout the novel ...scared like hell and yet going on...losing the ones whom she loves...learning that no one will be there when she would need...

I loved the end where Astrid outgrows her mother (but not the emotion toward her) by staying with Paul...and deciding to continue living a tough life with him...she won me over completely...coz that is life...not to wish comfort but to embrace the defeats and sadness ...

Read my interpretation on the cover page here
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