BOOK REVIEW: Gifts of the Peramangk by Dean Mayes

Gifts of the Peramangk CoverUpon receiving the request to review this book, I wasn’t sure of what to expect. However, I was immediately drawn in during the first chapter with the story of a young Aboriginal girl, Virginia being taken away from her family in an most unimaginable way. Being more of a visual person, I could appreciate the fact that Mayes was very detailed in describing the characters, so much so that I felt if I closed my eyes I would be able to see them.

I also like that this book is not just one big monotone story line but instead it gives us the different stories of three generations in one family and ties them together quite well. In an effort not to reveal too much of the story line  I will simply say this. It tugged at my emotions throughout the entire read with a vivid depiction of the good, bad and the ugly circumstances this family faced but highlights music as the escape of it all for the main characters and provides solace for those surrounding them.

I will be the first to admit that this book had a very different feel to it than others I’m used to reading. It was very serious in it’s approach and caused me to think a bit more but I’m glad to have had the opportunity to read it and would definitely recommend it to others looking for a good read.

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