Hello, Book Dragons! Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for The Majesties By Tiffany Tsao and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – Pushkin Vertigo for the review copy.
Genre: Domestic Thriller
Release date: 06 08 2020
Price*: Kindle £5.83 (GBP)/ Paperback £7.37 (GBP)
Kindle $9.99 (USD)/ Paperback $17.00 (USD)
Pages: ~ 256
My rating: I loved it.
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What I learned from this book: Being rich comes with a very hefty moral price tag.
Description of the book: Gwendolyn and Estella are as close as sisters can be. But now Gwendolyn is lying in a coma, the sole survivor after Estella poisons their entire family.
As Gwendolyn struggles to regain consciousness, she desperately retraces her memories, trying to uncover the moment that led to such a brutal act.
Journeying from the luxurious world of Indonesia’s rich and powerful, to the spectacular shows of Paris Fashion Week, and the melting pot of Melbourne’s student scene, The Majesties is a haunting novel about the dark secrets that can build a family empire – and also bring it crashing down.
How this book made me feel: I noticed that this book has very mixed reviews because some people had different expectations from this book. After I read this novel,all I can say is that this woman is very talented and she really has a gift. 🙂
The protagonist of this novel is Gwendolyn, and this novel is told from her perspective. Gwendolyn and her sister Estella are very close,most of the time they share everything, and they are truly best friends. Gwendolyn is a little bit of a rebel in the family, who wants to be independent and stand on her own feet. Estella, on the other hand, followed the traditional path of getting married and allowing her family to manipulate her life. These two sisters are so similar but so different at the same time, and their life stories are truly mesmerising to me. There are a lot of characters in this novel,and I did get a little lost with who was who because I am not very used to the terms such as Oma or Opa. 😀 All the characters were intriguing to me, they all are different personalities, that made this novel richer.
I loved the narrative of this book! It tells you a story filled with a lot of emotions, pain, disappointment and happiness. The narrative keeps travelling between past and present, and it discusses not only Gwendolyn’s and Estella’s lives, but the whole families as well. There are so many topics discussed in this novel, such as Asian families and their traditions, controlling behaviour, family relationships, business and its nuances in Indonesia, class differences, rich people lives, loss, wish for independence, the cruel reality of being rich, and many more. The narrative might seem quite slow to some readers, there are no suspense or major twists, but I was driven by curiosity, I really wanted to find out why Estella killed her whole family, including the sister she loved so much.
I really liked the writing and the way the author decided to deliver this novel. The setting is constantly changing from life in Jakarta to the life in the USA or Australia. I could see that the author used the places she knows well, and I liked the way she utilised her knowledge in this book. The chapters have a medium length, but I was really engrossed in Gwendolyn’s life, so the book was a real joy to read.The ending did leave me a little confused, but I did get the answers to my questions. 🙂
So,to conclude, this novel is very layered and complex, it crosses genres as is not your traditional thriller. The characters are bound by many social and emotional rules and their lives were incredibly absorbing to me. I loved the way the plot was written, slowly and deliciously revealing the highs and lows of the rich, and the things they have to do to remain rich. I do strongly recommend this novel to everyone who likes something more than a thriller, but one thing is a MUST with this book, read it without any expectations, only then you will be able to see it’s beauty. 🙂
Thank You for Your time! ❤
About the author: Tiffany Tsao was born in San Diego, California, and lived in Singapore and Indonesia through her childhood and young adulthood. A graduate of Wellesley College and the University of California Berkeley, where she earned a PhD in English, she has taught and researched literature at Berkeley, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Newcastle, Australia. She holds an affiliation with the Indonesian Studies Department at the University of Sydney. Her works include short fiction, poetry, literary criticism, and translations and have been published in Transnational Literature, Asymptote, Mascara Literary Review, LONTAR, Comparative Literature, Literature and Theology, and the anthology Contemporary Asian Australian Poets. Tsao currently lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband and son.
Twitter: @TiffTsao / Instagram: @tiffanytsao
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