Official Review: Desiderata by Aakash Doshi

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Official Review: Desiderata by Aakash Doshi

Post by AmySmiles » 01 Jun 2018, 08:32

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Desiderata" by Aakash Doshi.]
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Desiderata by Aakash Doshi is a book of poetry written in different poetic forms on a number of different topics. Each poem is titled differently; some of them being: Chemistry, Oye Como Va, Neat Probability, and Ballard of the Proper Fool.

Most of the poems are written in free verse, with a few other forms like haiku and narrative. All of them are short usually one page or less with a few longer ones mixed in. I counted a total of 39 poems all together with the book being 45 pages in all. The book also included a couple of palindromes that the author wrote out as well as a couple other writings he included that were more like word puzzles than poems.

This book left me disappointed. While the poems themselves were okay, nicely written and very few grammatical issues, the description of the book led me to believe it would be something different. The book was described to be more story-like, rather than just random poems thrown into a mixture. Even though I was frustrated, that it didn’t turn out to be as I thought, I did find a few poems that I enjoyed.

It felt like the author, at times, was just trying to prove their intelligence by throwing in uncommon, seldom used words that many people would consider using in a college essay rather than everyday English. Words like amine and gauche, found in the first poem alone not to mention others scattered throughout the book. In fact, it felt like many of the poems may have come from a college assignment.

Some of the poems didn’t make much sense to me, but there were a few that almost felt story-like. I enjoyed the one that was in haiku form titled, “The Way They Come,” and ones that were short and simple like the one titled, “Snippet of Lime”. There were a few word puzzles thrown in that I wasn’t really fond of, and wasn’t sure why they were in a book of poems. They were one sentence, and then the next line would be another sentence with all the same letters, minus one, used to create a new sentence until that last line was just one letter. The palindromes were interesting, but I felt like they were out of place in this book. This is why it led me to believe this book was a collection of college assignments.

I am rating Desiderata 2 out of 4 stars. There are definitely some poems in this book worth reading. The fancy word use leads me to believe that some readers who are looking for a relaxing read will not find this book appealing. I believe some readers who can overlook big word use and puzzle-like poems will find this book enjoyable. If the author would have left out the puzzles and palindromes I would have likely given it 3 stars. I would recommend this book to those that enjoy short poems and books that can help expand their vocabulary. If you are looking for a comfort read this is probably not what you are looking for.

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Post by stacie k » 03 Jun 2018, 01:26

Although it was different from your expectation, I’m glad you could enjoy parts of the collection. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts.
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Post by Nimat87 » 03 Jun 2018, 02:36

I enjoy poetry in the narrative form, and it seems there a few to be found in the book. I'm not so sure I'll enjoy the rest of the book though. Thanks for the review.
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Post by SamSim » 03 Jun 2018, 07:23

I can sympathize with being misled by the description or category of a book chosen for review, only to find it was something completely different. It's off-putting. Thanks for the honest review!
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Post by Helen_Combe » 07 Jun 2018, 02:46

As you say, poetry books usually have some sort of theme. This looks like a collection of writing style samples.
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Post by BriennaiJ » 13 Jun 2018, 15:59

I'm not a big fan of poetry, but you definitely wrote a great review!

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Post by SABRADLEY » 16 Jun 2018, 16:37

Pity it was not what you were hoping for. At least it was a short book so you didn't have to be disappointed for long ;) Thanks for a great review!

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Post by Cotwani » 19 Jun 2018, 15:46

Sorry that the poems seem disjointed. Thanks for thorough review.

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Post by teacherjh » 29 Jun 2018, 17:55

Sorry it was such a disappointment. Hopefully you love your next one.

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Post by CommMayo » 30 Jun 2018, 10:19

Well written review. I'm too afraid to select a poetry book on this site, so I applaud your bravery!

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Post by AmySmiles » 30 Jun 2018, 10:33

stacie k wrote:
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Although it was different from your expectation, I’m glad you could enjoy parts of the collection. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts.
Thanks for your comment. It bothers me when authors try to sell their books for something it really isn't.
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Post by AmySmiles » 30 Jun 2018, 10:34

Nimat87 wrote:
03 Jun 2018, 02:36
I enjoy poetry in the narrative form, and it seems there a few to be found in the book. I'm not so sure I'll enjoy the rest of the book though. Thanks for the review.
I do too, there wasn't nearly enough in this book, at least not the way the description made it sound. Thanks for the comment.
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SamSim wrote:
03 Jun 2018, 07:23
I can sympathize with being misled by the description or category of a book chosen for review, only to find it was something completely different. It's off-putting. Thanks for the honest review!
It is very off-putting. Thanks for the comment.
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Post by AmySmiles » 30 Jun 2018, 10:36

Helen_Combe wrote:
07 Jun 2018, 02:46
As you say, poetry books usually have some sort of theme. This looks like a collection of writing style samples.
Yep, thanks for commenting!
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Post by AmySmiles » 30 Jun 2018, 10:37

BriennaiJ wrote:
13 Jun 2018, 15:59
I'm not a big fan of poetry, but you definitely wrote a great review!
I appreciate your compliment and your comment!
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