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Wave Hardcover – March 5, 2013
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After reading many memoirs writing about similar survial stories, I honestly think this is one of the shortest and the best ones. I simply could not put it down.when I just finished the first chapter, I could feel the desperation,hopelessness, and numbness from the author, like a mental picture was made in my mind about everything that she has to learn to understand, and eventually, surrenders to.
In my view, POWERFUL is the best word to describe about this book.
We have become inured by the overwhelming number of stories of horror and tragedy. Perhaps we have thought to ourselves what we might do. Surely, we would sweep our parents up. Nor seeing the ocean in so strange a fashion, would be one of those who fled early. We might have had a better plan to survive. But in the end this is not the case. This book impels us to face the fact that given the overwhelming, we are helpless.
The author talks intimately of her days, months, years following the loss of her family. The prose is revelatory but not melodramatic. Sonali's story is told honestly with her attempts of suicide, her drinking, and her despair. She doesn't hide her frank anger with those who did survive. She doesn't rationalize the depths of despair and the inward turning of grief. It has been said that humans cannot grasp the horror of thousands of deaths, but can come to understand it by learning a story in depth. This book puts truth to this perception.
In some ways, reading this was like watching a car accident... I was pulled in the first moments. And then, as a mother of two, a wife, a human being- I was swept into the aftermath that was like a fog for Sonali in the days, weeks, months... years... following as she tries to get her head above water and reorient herself, make sense of the tragedy. There is a strong sense of trying to find one's orientation. Anyone who has experienced a great loss will understand the shock, fog, disorientation. This was like being in someone else's nightmare yet so very compelling, my sense of sympathy and empathy kept me reading- and a sheer sense of awe and compassion at how one survives such devastation, of Sonali's strength. One woman writes the pain of hundreds of thousands of people.
This is a quick and riveting read but heavy stuff. The author writes with such candor and is so raw it is difficult not to question, "What if it had been me?" That is a difficult question and yet such a necessary one in our world today where 'bad things happen to other people'. The author's healing is the reader's relief and her suffering is so intensely palpable- if you are looking for a light, frothy read or a tabloid-like retelling of this horror, this is not it.
This book is about how precious the moments of our lives are and how everything can be turned sideways and upside down in a matter of moments- and also about the great, quiet courage of continuing to live when you feel you have lost all. Very real. Exquisite. You will be changed.
I read alot, about 70 books a year, and very very few get five stars. Five stars for me means the book goes way beyond "well-written", or "good story" to the level of impactful in my own life. I can't think of another book about loss that resonates so much - -
I have nothing comparable to her loss but her words help me view my own losses through different lenses.
I will remember this book just as I will always remember Joan Didon's Year of Magical Thinking. . .it's unforgettable. Deraniyagala displays unbelievable courage.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can understand Sonali Deranigalaya's need for intense psychotherapy in the wake of what is obviously a devastating tragedy. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Diane M. Cowles
My heart goes out to the author for losing her family. Her loss is incomprehensible and her story should be told but not the way it's written. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Olga Pinsky
This author poured her heart out on the page, the most emotionally raw and honest book I think I've read. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Michelle M.
There is no saving grace to this book. Not what remains of value after a terrible loss, no how to live and rise above the impossible pain--just anger and self-pity about her loss. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Margaret L. Clausen
A hard but beautiful read. Worth it if you think you are going through something hard in your life.Published 23 days ago by Maura
One of the most beautiful, heart wrenching and bravest books I’ve ever read. Deraniyagala’s husband, two sons and parents were killed in the 2004 Sri Lankan tsunami and she writes... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Cinthia Ritchie
Very intense and a bit of a downer. This poor women; what she has gone through is devastating. Worth the read; it makes you appreciate your own good fortune.Published 1 month ago by DAS
Not for those easily rattled by nostalgia. Wonderful and emotion filled book. Seriously, think twice about reading in public and be prepared to cry at some point.Published 1 month ago by Jessie Beck
Whining and complaining, never happy. That's the impression I took away from reading this author's story.Published 2 months ago by Read-A-Book