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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

A Novel
Marra, Anthony (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena


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In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
Authors: Marra, Anthony
Title: A constellation of vital phenomena
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Hogarth,, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 384 p. ;,25 cm.
Summary: In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
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ISBN: 9780770436407
0770436404
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Report This Mar 29, 2014
  • lpodell rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Couldn't read much- too depressing

Report This Mar 25, 2014
  • rosenyny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very moving story with gut wrenching description and observations of trying to survive in a war torn country. The interconnections of the characters is so well crafted and the imagery of the writing is incredibly well done. One of the best written books I've read.

Report This Jan 09, 2014
  • LibrarianLaura rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When I read the last page of this book I took a deep breath and hugged it to my chest. I was saying goodbye to characters I had grown close to, a drama of such spirit and love and endurance and pain that I felt lost in another world. I highly recommend this read, even if you're not typically interested in historical novels there is a much deeper story going on between these pages, it is a read for everyone.

Report This Dec 10, 2013
  • sabricent rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you like Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns then you will like this book. The characters are rich and complex, the setting is horrific and true, and the end will leave you immensely sad and filled with joy.

totally brilliant magnificent writing unexplored subject gripping, grabbing your emotions.

Report This Nov 25, 2013
  • JCLMELODYK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I can't make myself turn this book back in to my public library. It's been a week now and I'm still thinking about Sonya and Havaa and mourning Natasha. I found Marra's writing to be extraordinary. This is a very moving book. My favorite read for 2013.

Report This Oct 14, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Report This Sep 17, 2013
  • Laphroaig rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The best book I've read in a long time. It sent me happily to my atlas, dictionary, the internet, I sketched out a geneology of the characters and how they were connected... all hallmarks of superior fiction, IMHO - instructive as well as entertaining.

Report This Jul 25, 2013
  • cordesone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great story telling, beautiful writing. I loved how the connection between the characters were revealed as the story progressed. It is a window to war torn Chechnya and the horror and treachery of occupation.

Report This Jul 07, 2013
  • GummiGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A compelling tale of wartime Chechnya. I was drawn in by the characters and their complex relationships, familial and otherwise.

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Report This Dec 10, 2013
  • sabricent rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

sabricent thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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