The Painted Ocean

The Painted Ocean

The Painted Ocean When I was a little girl my dad left me and my mum and he never came back And you re supposed to be gutted when that happens But secretly I preferred it without him cos it meant I had my mum comple

  • Title: The Painted Ocean
  • Author: Gabriel Packard
  • ISBN: 9781472151148
  • Page: 316
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When I was a little girl, my dad left me and my mum, and he never came back And you re supposed to be gutted when that happens But secretly I preferred it without him, cos it meant I had my mum completely to myself, without having to share her with anyone And I sort of inherited all the affection she used to give to my dad like he d left it behind for me as a gift, toWhen I was a little girl, my dad left me and my mum, and he never came back And you re supposed to be gutted when that happens But secretly I preferred it without him, cos it meant I had my mum completely to myself, without having to share her with anyone And I sort of inherited all the affection she used to give to my dad like he d left it behind for me as a gift, to say sorry for deserting meSo says eleven year old Shruti of her broken home in suburban middle England But hopes of her mother s affection are in vain speaking little English, and fluent in only Hindi and Punjabi, Shruti s mother is lost, and soon falls prey to family pressure to remarry To find another husband means returning to India and leaving Shruti behind.Meanwhile at school a new arrival, the indomitable Meena, dispenses with Shruti s bullying problems and transforms her day to day life Desperate for companionship Shruti latches on to Meena to the point of obsession, following her through high school and on to university But when Meena invites Shruti to join her on holiday in India, she has no idea how dangerous her obsession will turn out to beGabriel Packard s THE PAINTED OCEAN has been described by Colum McCann as fearless tour de force It is a rare achievement an emotionally rich work of literature, delivered in the form of a gripping, page turning story The depiction of a British Indian childhood and adolescence is utterly compelling, as is the allegorical exploration of the human condition.

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    I don't always think it's helpful to slam a debutbut damn, this book was hard work. The voice of young Shruti is painful. I think the stream of consciousness style is supposed to reflect the turbulent and emotional thoughts of a teenager, but it feels wrong. I'm not sure the author has connected at all to the gender or age bracket of his main character. Plus, the incredible repetition of 'cos' was grating after the first few pages, never mind chapters. The plot is lost in a realm of fantasy, whi [...]

    I really loved this fascinating novel and found it impossible to predict where it was going to go to. The story is told by Shuruti from being a child to woman. All her insecurities, obsessions, need for love and friends. The betrayals from adults she should have been able to trust when she asked for help and the bullying no-one would acknowledge. You are in her mind, know her thoughts and feelings. At times she breaks your heart and at other times you cringe and want to shout at her, "what are y [...]

    I dont quite know where to start with this book. It follows the life of Shruti from a young girl until she is an adult. The overuse of the words 'I'm like' and 'cos' really spoiled this book for me. As it got very annoying after the first few pages. Thanks to Netgalley, Little, Brown book group UK and Gabriel Packard for ARC in exchnage for review

    This is definitely among the worst books I have ever read. This book is so bad, I’m astonished it’s even been published. The only reason I dragged myself through the entire thing was because every chapter was some kind of fodder for this review. And I’m glad I finished it because the ending was possibly the worst bit of the whole thing, and I have a whole rant about just the last chapter.To try and be concise and limit my ranting a little, I’m going to break this review up into some main [...]

    Thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced, page turning book. The plot was unexpected and I found myself saying, 'Really? Could that happen?' a few times, but decided to suspend disbelief and go with the flow. It paid off.At first I wasn't sure why the writer felt qualified to use the voice of Shruti. Sometimes it grated on my nerves and I wasn't sure he was getting her 'language' right from my experience of people I've known like Shruti. Again I was able to overlook this and keep going.The writer succ [...]

    Received this book as a first reads giveaway from . This review is based entirely on my own thoughts and feelings.Overall rating : 1*Characters : 1*Plot : 0*Writing : 3*Believability : 0*I don't quite know what I've read, and why the heck I completed it. I feel like I've awoken from a dream and I'm trying to put into words what's just happened, but it's so crazy, and disconnected, and it makes completely no sense. But you try explain to someone the storyline and you sound like a crazy person. Bu [...]

    This is definitely a 'love it or hate it' book and I loved it. I found it genuinely exciting, heart touching, well written and,above all, very entertaining. A fellow member of my online book club said she found it 'far fetched' but I disagree with that point of view - I found the escalating horror of the events in the second half all too possible in the 21st century. An unexpected treasure in a flooded sea of thrillers-by-numbers.Many thanks to NetGalley and all others concerned for letting me r [...]

    It's a dark read with a colloquial voice and a bittersweet ending which can be a risk for the author but I appreciate it for what it is. The island sections serve as a deeper metaphor that people don't often want to see. I enjoyed the book for its deeper meaning.

    This is a most extraordinary, imaginative and compelling novel. The central character, Shruti, will break your heart as she describes the provisions of her childhood, trying to cope and support her mother in a hostile world. There were points in the early stages of the novel when her despair and her childish misinterpretations made it almost too painful to read on. Throughout the novel it is her immature, clear eyed narration that carries the reader on, discovering with increasing horror how her [...]

    I was given a copy of The Painted Ocean by a friend and didn't know what to expect at first, but the novel is a real page-turner. The main character, Shruti, has a voice that carries the reader throughout. Her voice sticks with you, making you feel like you are living inside her head throughout the duration of reading. Packard has an intriguing way of describing a young girl's coming-of-age. Shruti's thoughts, insecurities, fears, and dreams are written in stream of consciousness, a style that c [...]

    I absolutely devoured this novel. The first part had me wanting more. My heart went out to Shruti and I couldn't believe what was happening to her. This part would make a good television adaptation. I also enjoyed the second part although completely different this could have been difficult to read for some people but not for me. It had me reading into the early hours of the morning. This would have been a five star read except that I felt the ending was rushed and rather unbelievable hence four [...]

    I was intrigued by this novel based on its title, the author's background, and a colleague's recommendation. Much like Lord of the Flies, this book is not for the faint-hearted, but those who appreciate a dark, literary allegory will admire the ambition and strength of this debut. Definitely recommend for those interested in following the work of emerging voices in fiction.

    [I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.]There were merits to this book, for what it denounced (oppression; rape; manipulative people who drown others in words the better to confuse them; humans demeaning other humans to the point of making them look like animals). Unfortunately, I thought the story overall was too implausible, and the characters not compelling enough for me to really care.The first half of the novel was decent enough at first, depicti [...]

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewThis is a book of two halves. I loved the first half where Shruti is struggling to cope with overt racism and bullying at school and a weak and indecisive mother at home, who is a prisoner of her Asian culture. In her desperation to be loved and to belong, Shruti continually puts her trust in those who are destined to fail her. Her eternal optimism is endearing, but fatally flawed, and she is incapable of learn [...]

    This literary fiction novel tells the unusual story of Shruti, whose father left and whose mother doesn't speak English and is manipulated and controlled by the family elder to remarry. Shruti is bullied at school and feels a total misfit until new girl Meena arrives, giving her hope she can finally have a friend, but things do not go how Shruti hopes and Meena's influence on her life will leave indelible marks.The first half of this novel won't stretch your imagination too much and seems plausi [...]

    I found the first half of the book quite easy to read and I was able to relate to the main character in some ways, maybe because we would be the same age and growing up as part of a single parent family I found some of the things that happened rang true. In the second half of the book things become very dark and I don't think I was quite prepared for how horrible some of the situations would be. Well done to the author who did not shy away from exploring the darker parts of human nature. I did h [...]

    When I first picked up this book I had absolutely no idea what it would be about - it's so nice to go in blind occasionally - I was pleasantly surprised.The first section of the book was about Shruti's turbulent childhood and I actually thought I was reading a YA book. But this was soon to change drastically - murder, rape, slavery etc. soon transformed the book to something else.Although the result was somewhat unbelievable it was enjoyable, I liked the creative writing references towards the e [...]

    I think the people who find the protagonist's voice annoying just don't like females. Packard creates a believable character who speaks through a unique voice. There's no use in creating a first person protagonist that just sounds like a third person protagonist but with a different pronouns. Over-all an engrossing read, which seemed like a dream I couldn't wake up from. The worst thing that can happen during a book is that you don't care about the characters at all. I experienced the emotions o [...]

    Well what can I say This has been the most bizarre book I have had to review . It started off promising with a young girl pulling out all stops to stay with her mum And ended up being something you think must be a dream Far fetched and just unbelievably strange . A book that is truly Marmite. And whilst I certainly wouldn't say I hated it I can't unfortunately aay I loved it . Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the arc

    The Painted Ocean was a novel that intrigued me from the moment I read the blurb. It seemed to have a very strong voice and the different elements of the story seemed interesting. However, I was unsure of how it would all fit together so I was looking forward to reading it. Thanks to Corsair and to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.The plot of this novel is truly a miracle in the sense that if I tried to describe it to someone who hadn't read th [...]

    Interesting. Packard adopts the vernacular of Shruti, a British Indian girl, and the novel falls into two halves: Shruti's trauma-strewn childhood, with the awful bullying, rejection by her mother and her vile uncle - and the meeting of Meena; then, her time in NZ and the bizarre entrapment on the island, with Meena and Steve. The voice is distinct (but the 'I go', 'I'm like' explanations are really annoying - Why not 'I said'?). In many ways the book is completely implausible - but perhaps that [...]

    Review originally published here:This one was not at all what I thought it would be. We meet the central character Shruti at the age of eleven – her father has left the family, leaving Shruti to the bedraggled attentions of her mother. Unable to speak English, Shruti’s mother shrivels, with mother and daughter coming under the beady eye of social services and Shruti being asked more than a few pointed questions at school. To make matters worse, Shruti’s uncle is horrified by the dishonour [...]

    *I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher Corsair in exchange for an honest review*This is another one of my books that I read for #Beatthebacklist 2017 challenge, most of these books are Netgalley books that I have not managed to get around to reading…rry Netgalley.Oh I don’t know where to begin with this book,I was very apprehensive about reading it as the rating on is 2.86 which is pretty low and only saw a handful of 5 star reviews. I didn’t read any reviews bef [...]

    When I was a little girl, my dad left me and my mum, and he never came back. And you're supposed to be gutted when that happens. But secretly I preferred it without him, cos it meant I had my mum completely to myself, without having to share her with anyone. And I sort of inherited all the affection she used to give to my dad - like he'd left it behind for me as a gift, to say sorry for deserting meSo says eleven year old Shruti of her broken home in suburban middle England. But hopes of her mot [...]

    From the moment I received an email telling me about this book, i was desperate to read it. Sadly, having just finished this book, I'm at a loss as to how to review. The book it becomes is so different from the book I thought that i was reading. It's almost like its two separate books that have been melded together. It is extraordinary but i'm not sure if i mean that in a good way. The first half of the book shows Shruti “falling" into a lonely place - as a result of the pressures that her mot [...]

    This book intrigued me, it was really fast paced and I found myself staying up to read another chapter. The author had a really unique way of telling the story. I loved the way it was written and it flowed really well! One thing that really annoyed me was the over use of like and there was so many ands!The main character is called Shruti. From the very beginning I thought she was a little strange but I did feel so bad for her when she was getting bullied.I didn’t like Meena at all. I thought s [...]

    Whilst this story is incredibly far fetched, I actually quite enjoyed it and I think younger readers might be more forgiving with regards to the implausibility. I started off thinking I was reading s book that was going to lead to an honour killing but was surprised by the turn it took leading to a romping 'adventure' of imprisonment, slavery and abuse all taking place on a remote Indian island. There is strong language, rape, torture and gruesome death and because of this content, I feel I woul [...]

    Without reading it, The Painted Ocean looks like a pretty solid novel. The cover suggests something very sophisticated and literary, and the review quotes on it are pretty positive: ‘Hauntingly compelling’, ‘a thrilling and literate debut’, ‘a fearless tour de force’… How can you argue with that?But sadly, the novel falls incredibly short of its cover – and its interesting blurb – and is, I can safely say, one of the worst pieces of fiction I’ve ever read. It’s a bold claim [...]

    After the buzz about this book I'm sorry to say that it didn't work for me at all. It's a tale of the loss of innocence of Shruti as she goes from put-upon child to emotionally-stilted criminal. On one level, in a tedious show of self-consciousness, she sees herself as the personification of India or the colonial subject, wanting love, being paid back with exploitation, turning to corruption and sterility.However one chooses to read this, as allegory (really? allegory in 2016?) or not, I just di [...]

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