Everyone of us has gone through very bitter moments in life and what i would call sweet moments in life too.
Thats life for us and that is what the “Milk and Honey” book talks about. In this review, i will take you through what the book is ,what it talks about ,its cost and finally my thoughts about the book.
I will try all my best to give you every single detail about this book and if by any chance i do not tackle one of the things you really wanted,you can as well ask in the comments area and i will be happy to help you out .
Lets then,get started on this book’s review:
Name : Milk and honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Best place to buy: www.amazon.com
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date : October 6, 2015
Book length: 208
What It Is
The book is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.
The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache.
Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
Rupi Kaur is one of new york times bestselling author and illustrator of two collections of poetry.
She started drawing at the age of five when her mother handed her a paintbrush and said—draw your heart out. Rupi views her life as an exploration of that artistic journey.
After completing her degree in rhetoric studies she published her first collection of poems milk and honey in 2014.
The internationally acclaimed collection sold well over a million copies gracing the New York Times bestseller list every week for over a year.
It has since been translated into over thirty languages. Her long-awaited second collection the sun and her flowers was published in 2017.
Through this collection she continues to explore a variety of themes ranging from love. Loss. Trauma. Healing. Femininity. Migration. Revolution. Rupi has performed her poetry across the world.
Her photography and art direction are warmly embraced and she hopes to continue this expression for years to come.
What The Book Talks About:
Milk and Honey (lowercase intentional) is divided into four separate chapters: the hurting, the loving, the breaking, and the healing .
Each chapter is a compilation of poems and each focuses on a different aspect of the speaker’s journey with love, abuse, femininity, and self-discovery.
Part 1, “the hurting”, focuses on the speaker’s experience of being emotionally hurt within the context of male / female relationships. the overall tone and content of the poems suggests several things: that the speaker is female; that she was sexually abused at a young age by males in her family, including her father; and that she comes from a history in which women are, in general, mistreated. That history, the poems in Part 1 also suggest, includes both the history of her family, and her family’s ethno-cultural origins.
In Part 2, “the loving”, the focus continues to be on male / female relationships, but from a very different point of view. In this part, the speaker celebrates the positive values of being in a relationship with a loving, tender, sensitive male partner.
There are echoes here of the past sexual and emotional suffering experienced in Part 1, echoes that give rise to explorations of confusion about various aspects of sexuality. Nevertheless, the overall sensibility of the poems in this section is celebratory, as the speaker realizes that it is possible for her to enjoy both sex and her body, and that there is reason and validity in that enjoyment.
The third part of the collection, “the breaking”, focuses on the speaker’s experiences in the aftermath of a relationship coming to an end. the collection never makes the point explicitly, but there is the clear implication that the relationship referred to in this part of the book is also the relationship referred to in Part 2.
In this, the collection’s longest section, the primary focus is on experiences of pain, grief, and questioning.
The attitude of the speaker throughout this section is ambivalent, in that there are explorations of both loss and longing – that is, of trying to self-convince that the relationship is over while, at the same time, continuing to believe that the love and intimacy that both partners in the relationship experienced can bring them back together.
In the collection’s fourth part, “the healing”, the emphasis is, as the section’s title suggests, on the process of healing and recovery from all the different sorts of breaking explored in Part 3 and, by extension / implication, those experienced in Part 1.
While there are still references to experiences of pain and self-doubt, the primary focus is on taking steps towards an experience of self-value and self-worth.
There is a certain shift in the language used by the poems in this section, with a strong sense of self-affirmation or self-nurturing about many of the poems, which at times seem to take on the form and style of slogans from self-help books.
Also in this final section, there are clear references to the author self-identifying as the speaker: up to this point, there have been hints, or suggestions, but here there are clear and specific references to the autobiographical nature of the poetry.
In this context, and looking at the other poems in the collection with hindsight, there emerges a very strong sense of a personal, lived experience of transformation, said transformation defining the collection’s core thematic intention, and also the intentions of many of its secondary themes.
Best Place to Buy The Book
The best place I recommend you buy the book is on Amazon. The price there is fair and according to my research, it is the most trusted online store at the moment. It will also be very convenient for you to buy there if you were planning to do more online shopping today.
This book is trendy, but will fade into obscurity – fast. But this style of writing, heavily influenced by the web, is an interesting new development in Literature. The format has a future.
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