One Amazing Thing

For my freshman seminar, I was assigned a book to read, annotate, and study for discussion. That book is One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

And it’s not a terrible read, actually. Although the ending was not to my taste.

After this point, there are a few potential spoilers.

The story takes place in an Indian Visa office. And there’s an earthquake. Always has to be something, doesn’t it?

The narration switches from character to character throughout the tale, which gets a bit confusing in some chapters when it does it multiple times without warning.

Nine strangers are stuck in the basement of a destroyed building and it is recommended that they tell each other meaningful stories about their lives and what they were doing in the visa office. This part is loosely based off of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, which is being read by one of the characters before the earthquake.

The book shows how family, friends, love, and life are driving forces for each person to be willing to travel to a foreign country. And that we should love and appreciate our lives.

Overplayed in books, but still true.

Overall, not a terrible book. It only took me a few days to read, but it’s not that long. If you took your time, I couldn’t see spending more than a week or two on it. It has been on my to-read list for awhile, so that was great to get one more checked off of my list.