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The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us

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This novel describes the almost lifelong relationship between two women in India who, on the one hand, get so close and become more familiar with each other than any other person, but on the other hand can never overcome the huge gap that exists between them, defined by their different social status.

Lennox is a troubled teenager with no family. Ava is eight months pregnant and fleeing her abusive husband. Heather is a grieving mother and cancer sufferer. They don’t know each other, but when a meteor streaks over Edinburgh, all three suffer instant, catastrophic strokes... The caste system in modern India continues to be represented significantly in literature, as the improvements in the economy have not been able to bridge the rigidly divisive, prejudicial and entrenched cultural beliefs. The relationship between servant and household mistress are examined here, an oddly out of sync friendship where the wealthy Sera is emotionally dependant on the servile Bhima, but holds all of the power. Bhima and Sera both spend a great deal of time with the memories of their lifetimes of discord and sorrow, each suffered in distinctly different ways. Bhima's granddaughter is in crisis; Sera's daughter is pregnant and with her husband, living with her mother. These two situations converge tragically, and resolve with the same quiet tenacity that each woman has accepted as part of life. It finally made sense, the idea that Sandy was plural. We all are. And the human idea of being singular, apart, alone, was a ridiculous way of looking at life." I really enjoyed this novel, it’s beautifully written, I loved the characters and felt I formed a bond with them by the end if the novel. An easy read but a deeply moving story that readers can identify with on many levels. This author has a real talent for story telling and creates a terrific sense of time and place. I was a slightly disappointed with the ending until I realised that the book does have a sequel and I can happily continue my journey with Bhima. I enjoyed this book! The writing was solid, easy to get through. I really liked Sandy and the other characters in this book. There was mystery, action and different POVs, which I all enjoyed.Doug Johnstone’s writing and storytelling is sublime. This wasn’t some corny sci-fi, this was a story of connection, friendship and family that is full of hope. I really enjoyed the adventure and fast pace of the road trip, as they try to out run the government. The prose was descriptive, capturing the stunning landscape of the Scottish Highlands, and there was plenty of acion on this adventure. I don't think Tulsa is really a teenager. She's had to be an adult for a really long time. She's had to take care of herself. She's had to figure out where she's going to live, and pay her mortgage or gas. She thinks like an adult. There's this dynamic where she's almost parenting him in some ways. There's this very specific kind of thing where she's teaching him about the world (saying), "Get it together, these are people. Why are you doing it this way? Why aren't you being human?" [Our age difference] I think really helps the dynamic. It's not something I really pay attention to. Maybe it’s the octopus like creature but there were definitely vibes of remarkably bright creatures throughout the book. I find myself slowly falling in love with these remarkable sea creatures.

Parsis are Zoroastrians, most likely descended from Persian Zoroastrians who emigrated to Indian from the Middle-East to escape Muslim persecution. Zoroastrianism is both a religion and philosophy based on the teachings of the Iranian prophet Zoroaster (c.1200 BCE) who proclaimed Ahura Mazda to be the one divine authority and creator of all. Zoroastrians pray to Ahura Mazda to help them in the ongoing battle between Spenta Mainyu (the Bounteous Spirit) and Angra Mainyu (the Destructive Spirit). Traditionally, after death the body of a Zoroastrian is laid out naked in a tower to be devoured by vultures, and the soul is judged and passes either to a heaven or hell-like region. In August 2015, STX Entertainment scheduled the film to be released on July 29, 2016. [12] The release date was later switched with STX's other release, Bad Moms, and was moved its release date later to August 19, 2016. [13] However, Kubo and the Two Strings, Ben-Hur, and War Dogs were all slated for August 19, 2016, and STX Entertainment moved its release date later to December 21, 2016, allowing more time for work on the visual effects. [14] The film's release date was later moved to December 16, 2016, [15] and finally STX Entertainment moved its release date later to February 3, 2017. [16] Box office [ edit ] Busch, Anita (October 22, 2015). "STX Pushes 'Free State Of Jones' To Summer 2016, Dates 'The Space Between Us' ". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018 . Retrieved October 28, 2015. The almost 70-year-old Bhima has been working for decades as a housemaid for Sera, who is around 10 years younger and belongs to the affluent middle class. I loved the characters that Doug Johnstone has created, he really gets into their psyche making them relatable and people the reader care about. Lennox, Ava and Heather at first seem very different with no apparent connection apart from seeing lights in the sky and surviving a stroke. However,all three are at a difficult point in their lives; Lennox is sixteen, in a childrens home and being bullied, Ava is eight months pregnant and trying to escape her abusive husband and Heather is suicidal after the loss of her daughter and her diagnosis of terminal cancer. I loved following their stories, how they came together and put total trust in each other in their journey to save Sandy. The most endearing relationship however was between Lennox and Sandy. Sandy seems to understand Lennox and they form a close bond that is beautiful.Kit, Borys (September 30, 2015). "Newcomer Joins Gary Oldman, Asa Butterfield in 'Space Between Us' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 4, 2015 . Retrieved October 28, 2015. And yet there are throughout The Space Between moments of intense passion and sensuality between the men and woman portrayed within. Strong feeling that keeps rising up, memory at once healing, wounding, reminding. an unlikely trio experience identical strokes when an octopus washes up on the shore. lennox, a boy from a group home who is bullied, ava, a pregnant woman with an abusive husband, and heather, an older woman with terminal brain cancer, are all outside at the same time when they see a bright light and have strokes. they all three miraculously recover, and are bound together to save the creature on the beach. Washington Post - I’m not Salman Rushdie and other assumptions I’m tired of hearing at book events - by Thrity

Yes, there are elements reminiscent of ET; but this is much more grown up. It’s not sentimental pap, but it is about human connection.a b c d e "Book Club Girl Talks to Thrity Umrigar". BlogTalkRadio. May 22, 2008 . Retrieved March 30, 2011. Meh. This is the kind of novel I used to like - exploring gender and class issues in a foreign setting - but I found it unsatisfying. The author describes the crushing powerlessness of illiteracy and poverty well, but the rest of the book I found overly dramatic. But they aren’t the only ones with an interest in the alien…close behind are Ava’s husband, the police, and a government unit who want to capture the creature, at all costs. And Sandy’s arrival may have implications beyond anything anyone could imagine… A really enjoyable novel and a new author for my real life bookshelf. This would also make a good bookclub discussion book. Even if you are not a science fiction aficionado, you will enjoy this book. I highly recommend you give it a try.

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