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Reviewed in India on 11 August 2020
Book - The giver of stars
Author - Jojo Moyes
Genre - Historical Fiction
(Based on true story)
Published - Oct 2019

I am totally aware that this review will be read by our beloved readers. And as readers we know in today's world, we are connected across the globe with each other via internet. We can access any book from any region anytime. But the scenario was so different back in 1930s! Library of various books was new notion and the wonderful thing I came across while reading this book was that library was working by the women! Notable thing was there was not just delivery or exchange of books involved, rather readings for children to elders were involved too. As a reader I was really smitten by the concept! But it was not as easy as we find to read, infact it faced various challenges,backlashes, hardships and the community's approaches which had both affectionate and opposite viewpoints.

Book is based on the real life 'Pack Horse Librarians' of Kentucky, who delivered books as a part of Eleanor Roosevelt's traveling library program. Though Alice's and Margery's roles are elaborated in depth; Izzy, Fred, Sophia, Kathleen, Sven and 'The Van Cleves' weaved background substantially to the story. Alice Wright native of England is married to Benett Van cleave in Kentucky in America who's father is rich influencing mines owner. Her lookout to marry so far was her freedom since she had limitations back home,but realises soon that she just had a shift of her cage! Margery with her own experiences decides to never marry and is in relationship with Sven. She is strong, thoughtful and helpful girl among the squad. Sofia is not welcomed by community since she is considered in coloured category,but she's big help for the library since she has rich experience of mending books and has great knowledge of maintenance of records. Izzy is polio affected and shows enthusiasm to learn horse riding to deliver books. Fred who is widower is owner of the place of the library with helpful and supportive nature. The circumstances bring all those characters together in that post war depression era traveling even in remote places in mountains to the most isolated locations with mission to improve literacy,prove power of books.
The description of mountains,landscapes, seasons are narrated realistically nice!

Though the book is little descriptive in length,the story is developed very well depicting the women empowerment with spreading knowledge in those times. Readers may prefer reading this for the concept and composition of story which is decisively shaped by real and progressive events by Jojo Moyes.
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