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Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2016; vuoden 2016 painos)

– tekijä: Sunil Yapa (Tekijä)

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A TIME Magazine Best Book of 2016 An Amazon Best Book of 2016 A heart-stopping debut about protest and riot . . . 1999. Victor, homeless after a family tragedy, finds himself pounding the streets of Seattle with little meaning or purpose. He is the estranged son of the police chief of the city, and today his father is in charge of one of the largest protests in the history of Western democracy. But in a matter of hours reality will become a nightmare. Hordes of protesters - from all sections of society - will test the patience of the city's police force, and lives will be altered forever: two armed police officers will struggle to keep calm amid the threat of violence; a protester with a murderous past will make an unforgivable mistake; and a delegate from Sri Lanka will do whatever it takes to make it through the crowd to a meeting - a meeting that could dramatically change the fate of his country. In amongst the fray, Victor and his father are heading for a collision too. Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, set during the World Trade Organization protests, is a deeply charged novel showcasing a distinct and exciting new literary voice.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist
Kirjailijat:Sunil Yapa (Tekijä)
Info:Lee Boudreaux Books (2016), Edition: 1st, 320 pages
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Just finished reading, no, devouring, Your Heart - best book I've read in years! Yapa's highly descriptive words transported me to that fateful day in Seattle and I could almost smell and feel the emotions unleashed into actions. Seven lives, seven individuals from diverse and varied backgrounds, changed forever in the course of a few short hours. Recommending this work to anyone who reads. Truly an astonishing book! Support your local library! ( )
  ChetBowers | Mar 10, 2021 |
This book is not an easy read, in the sense that it will challenge your world view, and is not exactly entertainment, but as such should be required. I remember feeling the same way about Chris Cleave's Little Bee. Your Heart... is set in 1999 Seattle -- definitely a new venue! during the WTO protests, which sadly are barely a blip in my memory. The city is swarming with well-trained, non-violent protesters (50,000) who want to shut down the WTO talks scheduled there and more specifically prevent the delegates who are staying at the Sheraton from reaching the Convention Center 3 blocks away. This much is true. The fictionalization centers on some individuals intersecting in the crowd: Chief of Police Bishop, who has underestimated not only the crowd size, but also his range of power; his runaway step-son, Victor, gone 3 years as he traveled the world and rubbed elbows with the disenfranchised. "Doing something, he had discovered, anything, however small, that contributed to your meaningfulness of self and surroundings -- well that was the trick. That was the trick to not feel like shit." He is now returned "home" and initially interesting only in selling his grade-A pot to the protesters. Both are suffering from the grief of Suzanne's death (Victor's mother, Bishop's wife) and though they had a decent father-son relationship before her death, she was the glue and they have fallen apart without her. Also in the crowd is Kingfisher, a young woman activist who has trained and protested all over the world -- some of it guerrilla-style, her mentor and lover, John Henry who is peaceful to the core and is a Christ figure in this story, and 2 police officers: Tim Park who has a streak of hatred from a damaged upbringing and Julia (Ju) who was present as a cop in the LA riots in 92. Finally entering the fray from a totally opposite vantage is Dr. Charles Wickramsinghe, the delegate from Sri Lanka who believes he will meet with President Clinton, gain entry for his country to the WTO and thereby pull it out of poverty and obscurity. He is amazed at this look at America ''that they felt they had the power to do something about it." It is a veritable maelstrom of converging egos and beliefs and agendas and the author pulls it off masterfully -- giving an omniscient view to each person's thoughts and managing to make all the characters sympathetic. The writing is superior, showing, not telling and making the action immediate; the reader is within and without. The protests turn turbulent, then violent, then brutal, but to see how individuals react leaves a spark of hope. Father and son do reunite though idealism is prodded and punctured. Victor wishes to convey to his father all he has seen in his world travels -- the injustices and the poverty, but the resilience -- but it all remains just thoughts: "what we get used to, what we require of others so that we may live our lives of easy convenience." If you've ever reminded yourself in a day that didn't go your way: "first world problems" this story will resonate. It moves -- a quick read and the action takes place within 12 hours, but the issues and ideas will linger, and they should. "What a violence of the spirit to not know the world." ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
What an extraordinary debut novel. A fictionalised exploration of the 1999 Seattle protests against the WTO meetings. Yapa offers stories from many perspectives and interweaves them offering an overview of a complex situation, attempting to show humanity on all sides, as well as the flaws of each participant. ( )
  Caroline_McElwee | Jul 9, 2020 |
This was a very well-written story about a peaceful protest and the escalations made by police brutality. I enjoyed that we got several perspectives from each side, as well as the perspective of one of the delegates whose meeting was being protested. This book did a good job of showing complex interpersonal relationships that helped to explain some of the police's actions without necessarily justifying them. ( )
  NovelInsights | Sep 21, 2019 |
This book was a barrage. I felt it in my bones. I cried. ( )
  schufman | Jul 20, 2019 |
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A TIME Magazine Best Book of 2016 An Amazon Best Book of 2016 A heart-stopping debut about protest and riot . . . 1999. Victor, homeless after a family tragedy, finds himself pounding the streets of Seattle with little meaning or purpose. He is the estranged son of the police chief of the city, and today his father is in charge of one of the largest protests in the history of Western democracy. But in a matter of hours reality will become a nightmare. Hordes of protesters - from all sections of society - will test the patience of the city's police force, and lives will be altered forever: two armed police officers will struggle to keep calm amid the threat of violence; a protester with a murderous past will make an unforgivable mistake; and a delegate from Sri Lanka will do whatever it takes to make it through the crowd to a meeting - a meeting that could dramatically change the fate of his country. In amongst the fray, Victor and his father are heading for a collision too. Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, set during the World Trade Organization protests, is a deeply charged novel showcasing a distinct and exciting new literary voice.

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