The Blue Notebook

The Blue Notebook

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THE BLUE NOTEBOOK, James A. Levine's first novel, tells the haunting story of Batuk, a 15-year old girl whose family, living in the Indian countryside, is in such poverty and debt that she is sold into sexual slavery and lives in a cage on the streets of Mumbai. Batuk is just one of many girls forced into prostitution, but against the odds, she manages to put pen to paper, writing stories of her life that help her transcend and make a certain sense of her daily existence. The novel is powerfully told in Batuk's voice, through the words she writes in her journal. Searing, moving, and surprisingly hopeful, THE BLUE NOTEBOOK explores how people, in the most difficult of circumstances, can use stories to understand and give meaning to their lives.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 16mm | 216g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 075382650X
  • 9780753826508
  • 372,058

About James A. Levine

James A. Levine is a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. In collaboration with the United Nations, James has focused his work on the plight of women and children in low-income countries. In his scientific work, Dr Levine has regularly appeared on CNN, BBC, CBC and the Discovery Channel, and has been repeatedly featured in the NEW YORK TIMES, USE TODAY, TIME, WALL STREET JOURNAL, US NEWS, THE TIMES and many other major US and international papers.show more

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Not only is Levine a skilled storyteller, he also demonstrates a way with similes that would make Homer envious. -- Catherine Nixey TIMES By turns lyrical and thrilling, this is a good, maybe even a great, novel. BIRMINGHAM PRESSshow more

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3 26% (821)
2 9% (277)
1 3% (79)
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