A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air

by Amulya Malladi
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Breath of Fresh Air 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book starts out great but eventually the storyline becomes a constant loop of the same musings. The repetition is boring. I love books that share Indian culture but there are many better ones out there.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much, loved that there is true history in the story, its not all fiction, I am a fan of this Author!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Her work is amazing.I so love the way she writes.Her book 'The Mango Season' is also great!It would be my honor to meet with her one day.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, yes, it was a tearjerker (but then I'm no fan of Nicholas Sparks). Using three different characters--Anjali, her ex-husband, and her current husband--as chapter narrators was an interesting tactic, but overall, I don't think this book was very well written. Anjali, as an Indian woman who filed for divorce, struggled to get her education, and made independent choices, was the most unique character; the others were rather flat stereotypes. (OK, her husband washes dishes and folds the laundry, I'll give him that.) And I really hate it when books end with their own title. I've read tons of wonderful books by Indian ethnic writers, some of which I'll list below; unfortunately, this wasn't one of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this book because of a review I read in TIME magazine; and it was worth it. Amulya Malladi does a terrific job of telling the story from the point of views of different characters. She manages to tell the story of a woman caring for a dying child without making it too sentimental. I look forward to her next book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this on the recommendation of a friend who usually provides good direction. I'll forgive her this time. First love/tragic incident/woman marries and has family/years later encounters first love from the past. The only unique factor about this novel is that the protagonist(s) are in India. Otherwise, I found the book to be sad, yet predictable. I expected something more rich. The book provides some insight into the Indian culture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful book. I read it during Christmas and I bawled at the end, even after I finished the book. The story is unique in the way in which it mixes the Union Carbide accident in Bhopal with a woman's life. I bought the book because of a great review of the book I'd read a while ago in the LA Times by Chitra Divakaruni (one of my favorite writers), and it was worth the money for a hardback.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"A Breath of Fresh Air" is worth every minute. It is a book that you will not want to put down until you get to the end. The story of Anjali and her life makes you want to continue reading just ot find out what happens to her next. When I got to the end I felt sad I wish it had continued. I highly recommend this well written and lovely novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of fiction from India/Pakistan in the past years and I must say that this is a really good book. It showed me a world I didn't even know existed. Loved the book and it opened my eyes to the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and its effects. A must read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the Bhopal disaster is the catalyst for this book, it is not the subject. The subject is the human heart. Love and loss, retribution and forgiveness, acceptance and rejection, power and vulnerability, strength and weakness¿these are the threads that make up the fabric of Anjali¿s story. In the course of the book Anjali grows from a pliant pretty obedient girl to a strong, but conflicted woman. If it is possible to forgive a thoughtless husband, how can one forget? Anjali¿s answer is to cut him out of her life. But how can one forgive that same husband for the sins he has visited on his innocent son? What do we do when the past returns to bump against the present? What does Anjali owe her son? What does she owe her quiet, steady second husband? What does she owe herself? A quiet book, but brimming with emotion, it gives us insight into some very complicated areas of life. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A story about love, forgiveness, strength of the human spirit and India, A Breath of Fresh Air is a poignant debut novel by Amulya Malladi.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading this book it seemed so stark, so simply written and because of that I was surprised when I felt tears in my eyes as I read on. It is a short read, but a good one. The story is about a victim of the Bhopal gas tragedy of 1984 when toxic gas came out of a Union Carbide factory and lots of people died. Anjali, the heroine of the story gets caught that night at the train station because her philandering husband forgets to pick her up. After she survives the gas tragedy she divorces her husband, Prakash, something that is not accepted by her family. After fifteen years when she is happily married to Sandeep and has a child, Amar, Prakash enters her life again. Amar is dying because he has diseases caused by Anjali¿s exposure to the toxic gas in Bhopal. With Prakash¿s entry everyone¿s universe starts to shift and Anjali, Sandeep and Prakash have to look inside themselves and face their insecurities and responsibilities. I liked this book very much. I didn¿t expect to like it when I started reading it but I did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amulya Malladi has written a poignant and wonderful book. A Breath of Fresh Air resonates with the power of love and the strength of the human spirit. The story begins in the railway station of Bhopal, India on the night of December 3, 1984. Anjali, a young bride is forgotten at the railway station by her philandering, army officer husband, Prakash, on the fateful night of the Bhopal gas tragedy when deadly gas leaked out of a Union Carbide plant killing and maiming thousands in the city of Bhopal. Anjali survives, but her marriage does not. Years later, happily married, Anjali is haunted by the aftermath of the gas tragedy as she and her new husband, Sandeep, watch their son, Amar, struggle for his life. Amar is born with birth defects resulting from the Anjali¿s exposure to the deadly poison. When fifteen years later, Prakash reenters Anjali¿s life, she finds that she must now confront her unresolved feelings surrounding her prior marriage and scandalous divorce. Unwillingly, Prakash is also forced to acknowledge his part in the failure of his marriage and Amar¿s failing health. This is a wonderful debut novel. A sad story told in the voices of Anjali, Prakash and Sandeep. It has been a long time since a book made me cry and by the end of this one, I was sobbing. A must read for fans of fiction from India and those who love a good story from anywhere.