Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The White Mary: A Novel Hardcover – August 5, 2008
|New from||Used from|
This month's Book With Buzz: "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng
From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture - perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. See more
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
From Publishers Weekly
A young reporter embarks on a dangerous adventure in Salak's gripping debut novel, a blend of Heart of Darkness and Tomb Raider. Like her protagonist, Marika Vecera, award-winning journalist Salak has traveled solo—and narrowly escaped death—in the world's most remote and terrifying places, including war-torn Congo and the interior of Papua New Guinea. Marika, an ambitious journalist, travels to discover the truth about war correspondent Robert Lewis, who has observed some of the modern world's greatest atrocities. He is believed to have committed suicide, but a letter from a missionary leaves Marika thinking he may still be alive in the wilds of Papua New Guinea. She sets off on her quest, and eventually malaria, ritual murder and arduous trekking through the wilderness lead Marika to some startling discoveries and a pathway out of her own past trauma. While the book can be harrowing (the graphic descriptions of torture are sobering and hard to put out of mind), it offers Marika a redemptive optimism in the face of the worst humanity has to offer. (Aug.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Marika Vecera is a freelance correspondent, available to cover all the world’s wars and atrocities, hooked on the danger and anguished thrill of bringing news of incredible inhumanities to safer parts of the world. She herself is familiar with senseless suffering; she lost her father, a Czech dissident writer, to murder by the state. After coming too close to her own death in Congo, Marika returns to the tentative home she has made in Boston and meets Sebastian Gilman, a professor who tries to humanize her. But, eventually, she sets off again, this time to Papua New Guinea, to complete a biography of Robert Lewis, the Pulitzer-winning writer who inspired her own career. Her guide, Tobo, is skeptical of “the white mary,” who, in her noisy restlessness, fails to understand the most basic relationships between people and place. In search of Robert Lewis, Marika comes face-to-face with her own fears in the harshest test of faith and her ability to survive. Salak, herself a war correspondent, brings to life the incredible internal struggles for witnesses and reporters of war atrocities. --Vanessa Bush
Top customer reviews
If you're satisfied with the surface-level presentation of things in life (nothing wrong with that! Different people have different interests), it's still a thrilling adventure story and worth reading in my opinion, if not just for the book's seeming call for us to re-awaken our sense of empathy and humanity in an undeniably crucial time where empathy and taking action are profoundly needed. And doing that through an exciting, fascinating and overall well-written story? Win.
I do have small hang-ups via personal opinion about how a couple parts were written (one part was a little sappy for my taste, another part was confusing and hard-to-follow, etc), but when are two human beings' minds going to line up exactly? I'm still solidly grateful for Ms. Salak's voice. Parts where I felt I may not agree with the way a place or institution is represented just inspired me to do my own research and end up educating myself more overall. Just wanted to add my criticisms atop my praises to make it a more well-rounded review. But all in all, there is so much to get out of this story. I wholly recommend.
I also found the main character's state of mind unconvincing and so her actions based on it didn't seem justified. Regardless of the final point of the book, I just couldn't make myself feel sympathetic towards her and having bought the book, I really tried to. All in all, I can't recommend this book for a purchase and really wish I had gotten it as a paperback rather than an ebook - at least that way I could get some money back reselling it.
The White Mary is a worthy read if you want to experience something outside the norm. I also highly recommend Googling Kira Salak.