Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Walk Across the Sun
By: Corban Addison
Summary:When a tsunami rages through their coastal town in India, 17-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her 15-year-old sister Sita are left orphaned and homeless. With almost everyone they know suddenly erased from the face of the earth, the girls set out for the convent where they attend school. They are abducted almost immediately and sold to a Mumbai brothel owner, beginning a hellish descent into the bowels of the sex trade.
 Halfway across the world, Washington, D.C., attorney Thomas Clarke faces his own personal and professional crisis-and makes the fateful decision to pursue a pro bono sabbatical working in India for an NGO that prosecutes the subcontinent's human traffickers. There, his conscience awakens as he sees firsthand the horrors of the trade in human flesh, and the corrupt judicial system that fosters it. Learning of the fate of Ahalya and Sita, Clarke makes it his personal mission to rescue them, setting the stage for a riveting showdown with an international network of ruthless criminals.
  Review: A walk Across the sun was a heartbreaking story about two sisters who after surviving a tsunami and becoming orphans, trust the wrong people and get kidnapped and are sold to a brothel owner in Mumbai and one gets sold to men immediately while the other goes on a hellish journey around the world being asked to do unspeakable things, while this book gives off more hope (than the Blue Notebook reviewed below) with a US attorney working on their case with a law group in Mumbai it still takes you into the dark world of sex trafficking and how it can ruin and change lives forever.
Rating <3<3<3<3<3

The Blue Notebook
By: James Levine
Summary:Every now and then, we come across a novel that moves us like no other, that seems like a miracle of the imagination, and that haunts us long after the book is closed. James Levine’s The Blue Notebook is that kind of book. It is the story of Batuk, an Indian girl who is taken to Mumbai from the countryside and sold into prostitution by her father; the blue notebook is her diary, in which she recalls her early childhood, records her life on the Common Street, and makes up beautiful and fantastic tales about a silver-eyed leopard and a poor boy who fells a giant with a single gold coin. 

Rating <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Review: This book is not one to be taken lightly, it is graphic, real, and I ordered it after I read the book A Walk Across the Sun  and saw it mentioned as another good resource.  It followed the life of a young girl named Batuk who is sold by her Father in Mumbai, she literally lives in a "nest" and mentions in the book at one point that she has up to ten men a day to service, which has become nothing to her.  The book leaves out no details, every harrowing part of this little girls life is laid out to bare, but maybe that is what we as a society need.  The fact that this is still legal and going on in all countries INCLUDING the USA disgusts me and for every little girl like Batuk, there will be another, if you can handle this book I'd recommend it, but don't blame the author for not hiding the truth, because it is there if you look and no matter how ugly it does not make it untrue.

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