Thursday, July 06, 2017

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Book of the Day: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Quote of the day: 

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. -Benjamin Franklin

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
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Isaac Asimov, an American writer and Professor once described writing as 'thinking through my fingers'. That is a great analogy between the working of the hands and the mind, as the likeness is all but familiar. What we think, we do, or write as the case may be. As a reader, my version of it would be 'dreaming through my fingers'. Each page of a book, a departure to another world where dreams matter.

But enough about analogies. Today, the focus is on Sue Monk Kidd's book titled 'The Invention of Wings'. She is an American writer and best known for her 2002 novel The Secret Life of Bees. This is a first look at Kidd's novel, an author that I was not familiar with initially. In terms of reading material, do you ever step out of your comfort zone and self imposed reading boundaries?. If like me you suspect that you are stuck within a too limited scope in terms of reading, it may be time to step out of your comfort zone and explore more authors.

With the The Invention of Wings, S.M. Kidd, delivers a powerful novel inspired by real life events. It depicts the story and the life of Sarah and Angelina Grimké (Sarah and her sister Angelina were the first American female advocates of abolition and women rights). The novel is set in the 19th Century. Sarah had lots of siblings and her father owned a plantation. On her eleventh birthday, Sarah was presented with a gift - a slave called Hetty 'Handful' Grimké. In effect that was the starting point for the rest of the incredible story that unfolds.

Its certainly a gripping novel, unraveling the layers of human actions and emotions, cause and effect, contrast and variation, and the fight for equality and fairness. It celebrates the birth of unusual friendships, of love and longing, and the most basic of human rights -acceptance.

This is certainly a great novel by Sue Monk Kidd. So what books are you reading lately? Do share in the comments and thanks for visiting as always!

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  1. Beautiful blog, written by Isaac Asimov.

  2. I read "The Secret Life of Bees" and "The Mermaid Chair". I really liked both books. Will request this one from the library in a bit.
    Thanks for the suggestion.
    : )

  3. Ooo.... this is a good book! Difficult to read in places (emotionally), but very good!

  4. I like to read almost anything. I even read junk mail when nothing else is close by. This sounds like a good book.

  5. I only read mystery novels for years. Book club has expanded my horizons. Lately I've read novel by Indigenous writers of this land. This summer I am back to some light reading again, mysteries.

  6. Sounds interesting. Maybe they have it at my library. :)

  7. I've read other Sue Monk Kidd books, but wasn't aware there was a new one. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  8. Sure sounds like a good one as it explores away.

  9. Sounds like a fabulous read! Will most certainly check it out.

  10. Ben Franklin is a very smart man. or was. anywho. i love a book that can broaden your mind and open your eyes to something you might not already who. i will go listen to this tune .. . i am not familiar with it. ( ;

  11. I read Sue Monk Kidd's first two novels. This one sounds excellent. I'm sure I'll like it. I'm reading Last Night In Twisted River by John Irving and just finished The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy.


  12. Thanks for the review. I like the sound of it.

    Greetings from London.

  13. I am very familiar with SMK and am looking forward to reading this novel. I appreciate the post. Nicely written.

  14. This book was published in 2014 and I know I have read it and enjoyed it, but I couldn't find it on my lists of books I have read (see "books" on my list of topics on my sidebar). I must have forgotten to make a note of it. Thanks for the reminder, perhaps I should read it again. Sometimes I get more out of a book the second time around.

  15. I have never read anything by this author, and while I am unsure whether or not I would enjoy this book, I will check out her other works the next visit to my local library. Currently, I have the latest mystery by Donna Leon in the Inspector Brunetti series.

    1. Hello! I read that book as well. Now I can say I have read all her books. I saw her in Toronto in 2011 when she was promoting "Drawing Conclusions".

      Her last 2 or 3 books are not as good as the earlier ones. That is my opinion. :)

  16. This sounds like a really great book. Thanks for sharing!

  17. I haven't read any of her books yet, but most likely will soon.

  18. We read this one for book club. I had read Secret Lives of Bees and one other by this author (title escapes me) that I didn't like. Invention of Wings was eye opening on the abolition movement in the south and the Quakers part in it in the north.

  19. I haven't read this book but it sounds wonderful. I have read some of her other books and she is a wonderful writer. Great quote Asimov too. :) Erika

  20. I have to read this!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx, Kris

  21. thank you for wonderful treat ,sounds Powerful piece of writing .
    beautifully done review

  22. Hi Blogoratti - what an amazing version Kidd apparently gives us of the lives of the two women - I checked the link to National Women's History Museum ... so now the book is on my list... thanks so much for taking us across to their story - definitely a must read ... cheers Hilary

  23. I didn't know Sue Monk Kidd, so I searched her books on the internet.
    'The Invention of Wings' was the only book translated into Japanese.
    Your review is great, so I'm more interested in 'The Invention of Wings'.
    Now I am reading Barbie's book!!



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