Monday, June 20, 2011

The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine



Although this blog is mainly based around beauty related things, I decided that I really want to incorporate my novel interests. I do this on my youtube channel and I have a few loyal subbies who very much enjoy them.


 I just finished this novel last, and it took me a little over one day to finish it at just under 200 pages in length. I simply wanted to share my thoughts on this deeply disturbing novel. 
An unforgettable, deeply affecting debut novel, The Blue Notebook tells the story of Batuk, a precious fifteen-year-old from rural India who is sold in sexual slavery by her father. As she navigates the grim realities of Mumbai's Common Street, Batuk manages to put pen to paper, recording her private thoughts and writing fantastic tales that help her transcend her daily exercise.
With incredible resilience, she survives being raped and abused, witnessed the horrors of Mumbai's orphanages, is visited by upwards of ten men a day who come to f*** a little girl and her life doesn't seem to get any better. The only thing holding her together is a blue notebook she obtains and pours over her life to. It contains both her thoughts, stories and day to day activities and despite the horrid nature of her ill-fated life, she remains optimistic and hopeful. The Blue Notebook is a story so terrible and sad that not even tears give justice to her life. 


Admittedly, I was not surprised by the level of sexual undertones that laid within this novel. It's was deeply moving and incredibly disturbing but I found in some instances that it was a little over-dressed. Maybe it was the fact that I was uncomfortable with some of the situations that were faced or the fact that these formidable scenarios where in fact the norm of those who walk the streets. What was even more troubling was that these realities where those of children who were way to young for me to comprehend. Thumping heart, eyes wincing and sheer pain caused me to skip over some sections because it was unbearable for me to read on. 

In the authors successful attempt to reach out to others in this fictional tragedy of a child prostitute, I cannot help to note that the lives of these children need to be heard and rescued. In addition, I am glad to know that all proceeds of this book goes to the International Centre of Missing & Exploited Children (www.icmec.org)


Give this book your attention but don't say I didn't warn you about its graphic contents.

Happy Reading.