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Review by Rameen Shahid -- Raquel Says (Something Entir...

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Review by Rameen Shahid -- Raquel Says (Something Entir...

Post Number:#1 by Rameen Shahid
» 21 Jul 2017, 21:36

[Following is a volunteer review of "Raquel Says (Something Entirely Unexpected)" by Mois benarroch.]

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2 out of 4 stars
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Raquel says something entirely unexpected is a book that leaves you wondering how vast imagination could really be and that there are literally no limits to imagination. Raquel is a character of a girl, a woman, created by the author, Mois, where he describes his conversations with this mysterious girl who lives far away from him but he has seen her, he has met her, and when they were younger they have known each other as good friends. He finds himself escaping into her thoughts because life seems easy and less lonely with Raquel. The story-line is based on the entire connection Mois has created with Raquel, telling her about how he is surviving the life that he did not choose to live because Raquel seems to be the only person who understands him the way he needs to be understood. In Raquel, Mois finds peace.

I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars and I have two reasons for not giving it a three. The first reason being that it does not have clear differences between two different thoughts. Now I do realize that inside a mind thoughts skip from one onto another in no time but while penning down your thoughts, one should put clear distinction between two separate thoughts or dialogues spoken by two different people for example here is a sentence, “What I’m saying doesn’t interest you much, no, me neither.” These clearly seem to be two dialogues spoken by two different characters but there are commas used to separate them. Hence, the book does not have much spelling errors but a few grammatical errors due to which one cannot understand the sentence or the thought being conveyed exactly.

The second reason being that some metaphors used seem to be either hard to understand because of the depth or that they don’t really make much sense. For example this sentence, “The word ‘page’ is more important that the page itself, and the word ‘page’, and the letters p-a-g-e, are what create the true page.” It could have a depth but to me it wasn’t quite up to the mark as being a metaphoric thought. A page is called a page yes but what makes it a page worth talking about is the words written on it rather than the letters used to make the name ‘page’ – p, a, g, e.

On the other hand, although it does take you a little time to understand who says what or when thoughts exchange or when the things are said out of nowhere (when there comes the sudden thought about making love and that too the day before the present day being talked about, was really confusing), the book is an amazing read. I enjoyed a lot being in Mois’s thoughts, knowing how he views the world and what he thinks about life. I liked the ending especially. The most important part being that I learned from this book. I learned about a few cities that I had never even heard names of and it’s always amazing knowing about the cities of the countries we only know slightly about. The author amazingly portrayed the image of a country like Israel that there are people living normal lives over there, people who only concern about their own lives and their loved ones’ and only want to live a normal life, not being classified as immigrants, that the media doesn’t always show the bright side of the world and also, finding love. The author finds love through Raquel and it is appreciable how he makes her sound like a complete human, someone who has mutual thoughts, who loves him just like he does. Someone who yearns for him as much as he does for her.

If you are a person who enjoys living in a bubble of thoughts, a person who has their own world inside their minds, I think you should really go for this book. If you are a person who likes reading into the minds of people then this is your kind of book too. I personally am both of these so I enjoyed the book. I would have enjoyed it a lot more had there been clear distinction between dialogues and thoughts.

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Re: Review by Rameen Shahid -- Raquel Says (Something Entir

Post Number:#2 by Miriam Molina
» 30 Jul 2017, 16:45

Rameen Shahid, I completely agree with you. I also completely agree with the other reviewers' opinions about this book. I also have my own interpretation of the Moshe-Raquel story. And Benarroch is only too happy to see all of us lost in the complexity of his masterpiece. Indeed, Raquel Says Something Entirely Confusing!
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Re: Review by Rameen Shahid -- Raquel Says (Something Entir

Post Number:#3 by Jem Tomarong
» 30 Jul 2017, 20:38

Oh, nice review. But I don't like to read it with a hanging thoughts. Anyway, thanks for the review.
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Re: Review by Rameen Shahid -- Raquel Says (Something Entir

Post Number:#4 by Rameen Shahid
» 31 Jul 2017, 06:48

Miriam Molina wrote:Rameen Shahid, I completely agree with you. I also completely agree with the other reviewers' opinions about this book. I also have my own interpretation of the Moshe-Raquel story. And Benarroch is only too happy to see all of us lost in the complexity of his masterpiece. Indeed, Raquel Says Something Entirely Confusing!

Strongly agreed!
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