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Damages by Bazhe (Book) - 3/8/2006 3:07:16 PM|
Regina Paul told me about your new review
I looked for it and couldn't find it at first.. Here it is from your message board
See,, now you know I am not the only one who thinks you are brilliant <smile>
This is cut from your messgae board but I saw it at Amazon too
by Regina Paul (author) at 3/3/2006 10:16:24 PM
I saw this review on Silver Fox's Den and noticed you don't have it listed. Just in case you hadn't seen it yet, I've cut and pasted it here for you. :-)
"In Damages, the poignant debut novel by author Bazhe, each and every reader will be able to, in some way (I hope), be able to relate to the pure human truth of life. Its not fair, its not just and so many things we are led to believe are not necessarily true. It is old in a most vivid and remarkably stimulating way.
Aside from the fact that it is so excellently told, I loved (and hated) many of the characters. Few were the characters that you didn't feel strongly about, one way or the other. Several I would have loved to have known. Those whom I was thankful that they existed were Auntie Bisera, Granny Sandra, Jasmine, Auntie Maggie Thatcher and Fred. I wish I could have drop kicked (or worst) "Rambo", Genghis and the Psycho. Bazhe's parents evoked a wide range of feelings. Heart wrenching tragedies, moments when you laugh out loud. Some soul stirring emotions make one feel like a voyeur. It is like floating along watching events unfold, unseen as a person struggles to survive or die trying to live through the hand life dealt him.
Damages opened the closet, lifted the rug and let all of the skeletons and secrets out. It must be so refreshing to just be who you are. No secrets, no lies. Few can live up to that standard. So many topics are exposed that are generally kept hidden. It would take me several pages to truly capture all of the stark realities covered.
Damages bears witness to child abuse, elder abuse, abuse of the infirm ed and disabled, greed, jealousy, rape, sodomy, entomophobia marriage, religious bigotry, karma, caste systems in its various forms, gossip, rumor mongers, homophobia, hate crimes, perceptions, deceptions, war, love, hate, manipulation, corruption, extortion, death and dying, adoption, orphans, faith, friendship love, being true to oneself, forgiveness, art, history, music and nature.
Bazhe examines homosexuality, being a transvestite, the horrors one can endure just for being different. You will visit the questions of what makes one fit to be a parent. what truly makes one a patriot to their country. The hypocrisy of so called " average" people. You know, those who put on a great show for the world looking in, which is in conflict with what truthfully goes on behind closed doors. Every aspect of world politics and immigration are broached. Included with the added gift of his eyes as an artiste is a written visualization of life in Macedonia and all of its surrounding nations.
Remarkably you'll have read the 307 pages and still want to know more. Are we not each a product of how we are raised and how we were treated? I suspect that Bazhe survived it all due to a strength he had upon birth. I wished deeply that someone would at some point just treat him as they would want to be treated themselves. I cheered for him as he survived yet one more painful event in his life and simply longed for him to be safe from harm, free to be the generous, honest and caring person he wants so much to be. There is a childhood saying "people that live in glass houses should not throw stones", yet they do each and every day.
Damages treats the reader to a tour of a part of the world you may never see otherwise. What I also appreciated is that it never seemed as if Bazhe was trying to either depict himself as perfect or a martyr. Unless you are a totally close minded person, unable or unwilling to look beyond your own beliefs, there will be an awakening to places, experiences and realities that exist throughout the globe. If you have experienced some portions there will still, I guarantee be some point that you haven't. Perceptions and biases you may have held, you will question. The absolute only problem I could see with this novel is when it is ( and it definitely should be) adapted to screen. Because there is so little that is not essential to the story it would either have to be done as two separate movies or a mini series for television. This novel gives and "inside scoop" feel to things most are only privy to in the news. Damages was told with a rawness one would expect in a death bed confession or someone spilling their truths therapist. In many ways it is the cleansing of old festering wounds so that a new stronger, happier and freer self can emerge. I left wanted to meet both Bazhe and his alter ego Miss Macedonia.
I learned a lot while reading Damages. Even when I did not necessarily agree with a particular comment or position Bazhe took, I found myself fully understanding why he had every right to feel as he did. It is masterfully written and generous in every literary manner. Certainly is Pulitzer material. I highly recommend this book to open minded people. If you are close minded buy it and give it to someone as a gift. I look forward to reading many more books by Bazhe. His writing genius is breath taking, thought provoking, memorable and an educational delight."
Father and Mother, Excerpts from Damages by Bazhe ISBN 0595297145 (Short Story) - 10/29/2005 2:32:27 PM
enjoyed the read
Father and Mother, Excerpts from Damages by Bazhe ISBN 0595297145 (Short Story) - 8/6/2005 12:49:18 AM
I find this well written. Very interesting read. I'm intrigued, and may actually have to buy this one. Congratulations on the win, and I wish you much success.
Identities by Bazhe (Selected Poems) (Poetry) - 3/31/2006 6:06:07 PM
Congratulations on your 2005 Writer's Digest win! That is a very big contest with fierce competition...
Identities by Bazhe (Selected Poems) (Poetry) - 8/21/2005 2:45:28 PM
staggering, powerful, wonderful stuff that has within it the makings of great art. Most impressed and delighted about your review of one of my poems.