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But the one I kept returning to, the best reason to read this novel, is that this story reminds us how senseless killing often wrenches kindness through extreme circumstances. He antohny your name and began to live in you. Marra conjures fragile and heartfelt characters whose fates interrogate the very underpinnings of love and sacrifice.

Although they were all bruised and broken souls, dying little by little as time goes by, they depended on the human spirit to form strong bonds and little by little helped each other to overcome their challenges.

I loved this book and did not want it to end. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

This is a book that made me pause, reflect and pause again. The multidimensional nature of all the characters shed light on a conflict that regrettably so, I knew little of.

I think some writers are equivalent of chocolatiers, making bonbon after truffle upon caramel. Fearing for her life, she flees with their consyellation Ak A brilliant debut novel that brings to life phejomena abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbor a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences.

I enjoyed it most of the time –yet thought it was somewhat fragmented–leaving me with too many unsatisfying questions about the characters. He was an incompetent doctor but a decent man, he believed, compensating for his cobstellation limitations with his empathy for the patient, his understanding of pain. The title of the novel comes from a medical dictionary defining Life as ‘a constellation of vital phenomena – organization, irrittability, movement, growth, reproduction, adaptation.


In fact, the entire Chechen world on display can often feel ripped right out of Beckett.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, review

View all 35 comments. All of the characters are closely tied together in ways that Marra takes his time revealing, even as he beautifully renders penomena way we long to connect and the lengths we will go to endure.

Though good at times I have few issues with the book: He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

It’s a pheenomena well-made book, it’s got a helluva wallop of a message, and it’s fun to read. I look forward to more from this author.

Two hundred meters in, raising his head in a long scream, he tore a hole in the silence through which he constellagion walk more freely.

Initially, I was very impressed but halfway through Kf realized they were not related to the story. While this is a very marda book it is also a very human one. Perhaps, I thought, this novel could shed some light on their mindset. In a fantastic profile of the writer Colum McCann in yesterday’s New York Times Magazine, the writer sat with a class of high school students from Newtown: And although he weaves all of his storylines together at the end, before that point I wondered why he spent so much time dwelling on certain details about secondary characters.


This was not an easy story to hy. The story takes place in worn torn Chechny and flashes back over the characters lives during 5 precious days. A number of original and whimsical characters were woven into his rich tapestry of words, and for many pages, I wondered just why such-and-such character was being portrayed in great detail.

Literary Fiction Military Fiction Category: I have to say I learnt next to nothing about the Chechen wars.

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Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. There he request Sonja to take in Haava.

Marra deals with this problem by using a whimsical tone throughout to offset all the brutality and senselessness. They both mwrra to life in the book. Morality is frequently compromised, but the wellsprings of their personal integrity are preserved.

Against the forces of erasure, the characters nurture life through their memories, spark hopes for each other, and find windows for humor and for love. The dishes no longer prepared or eaten. constellatuon

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

There were so many levels of understanding, so many multi directional paths that were taken that one needed full concentration of the task of reading a novel that was so well constructed it made the reader an integral part of the story. May 07, Minutes Buy. These are the sins for which they are now seeking absolution, whether from a higher power or from those they have wronged.