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Wave | [Sonali Deraniyagala]

Wave

On the morning of December 26, 2004, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala lost her parents, her husband, and her two young sons in the tsunami she miraculously survived. In this brave and searingly frank memoir, she describes those first horrifying moments and her long journey since. She has written an engrossing, unsentimental, beautifully poised account: as she struggles through the first months following the tragedy, furiously clenched against a reality that she cannot face and cannot deny....
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Publisher's Summary

On the morning of December 26, 2004, on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Sonali Deraniyagala lost her parents, her husband, and her two young sons in the tsunami she miraculously survived. In this brave and searingly frank memoir, she describes those first horrifying moments and her long journey since. She has written an engrossing, unsentimental, beautifully poised account: as she struggles through the first months following the tragedy, furiously clenched against a reality that she cannot face and cannot deny; and then, over the ensuing years, as she emerges reluctantly, slowly allowing her memory to take her back through the rich and joyous life she’s mourning, from her family’s home in London, to the birth of her children, to the year she met her English husband at Cambridge, to her childhood in Colombo; all the while learning the difficult balance between the almost unbearable reminders of her loss and the need to keep her family, somehow, still alive within her.

©2013 Sonali Deraniyagala (P)2013 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Out of unimaginable loss comes an unimaginably powerful book. Wave is unflinching as it charts the depths of grief, but it's also, miraculously, a beautifully detailed meditation on the essence of happiness. I came away from this stunning book with a new appreciation of life’s daily gifts. I urge you to read Wave. You will not be the same person after you've finished." (Will Schwalbe)

"Wave is a haunting chronicle of love and horrifying loss. The heartfelt writing manages to render the absence of the loved ones - the void, and the pain of it - in such a beautiful way that what was lost emerges as a new life form, one whose flesh and sinew are memory, sorrow, and undying love." (Abraham Verghese)

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    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 03-19-13
    CBlox Las Vegas, NV 03-19-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Tragic. Raw. Heart-Ripping!"

    This story really is an insight into Sonali's slide into deep depression and how she tries and tries to let loved ones go. I most appreciated her candor and details of the tragic events which took the lives of her family and parents. This book (more than any other book ive read) allows the listener/reader to introspect on how they would handle such a tragedy. Would we be brave and strong? Would we give up? Would we be reminded every day of our loss by tiny daily things?

    listen to this book with an open mind as to how you might deal with the unforseen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Miriam Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-12-13
    Miriam Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Likes books and reading/listening

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    "Not easy to tear myself away."
    What did you love best about Wave?

    Simple, declarative prose. The lector had a lovely, warm, wonderful voice, perfect for the task.


    Any additional comments?

    Difficult, painful account of recovering from the loss of closest family, children, parents, spouse. The experience of coming to terms with the places and ephemera associated with their lives. To flinch and turn away? And thereby continue a clenched life? or find a way to coexist and maybe tentatively embrace the visual and audible and gustatory reminders?
    A very brave account.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    fred LAKE OSWEGO, OR, United States 03-13-13
    fred LAKE OSWEGO, OR, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2010

    I'm Trying to see the world with my ears.

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    "A memoir of great emotional depth"

    "healing in progress". She expresses her loss so intimately that the reader not only grieves with her, but also heals with her.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Danielle Philadelphia, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-08-13
    Danielle Philadelphia, United States Minor Outlying Islands 03-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Heart-wrenching and honest"
    Would you listen to Wave again? Why?

    yes


    What other book might you compare Wave to and why?

    hard to compare this book to another since the rareness of this tragedy is almost unheard of.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen. The grieving process of the author is authentic and does not hold back on thoughts of her life after the wave....you are left wondering if she will ever recover from the tragedy she experiences.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tamah Redondo Beach, CA, United States 08-04-13
    Tamah Redondo Beach, CA, United States 08-04-13 Member Since 2004

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Unremitting grief."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Wave?

    Although we all know it logically, Wave reminds us of how quickly life can change.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 06-10-14
    Raleigh greensboro, NC, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "the unbearable weight of being"

    do you find your modern life uncomfortably light ?
    do you wonder how you'd measure up in a real storm ?
    would you like to hear from someone who endured the unendurable ?

    sonali deraniyagala (SD) is an odd but appropriate authority on all this
    she was pampered as a child ( maid, cook, driver, private schools etc.)
    her middling academic career with a husband and 2 boys seemed a good fit

    but, in the span of a morning she lost her parents and her entire family
    the fact that the tsunami spared her life seemed almost cruel at first
    she spent the better part of the next two years being watched by friends

    they, of course, thought she'd try to kill herself and they were quite right
    her temptation to just crawl in a hole and join her family was overwhelming
    her tantrums, alcohol and dark theatrical moods were endured by her family

    it's impressive how her achingly slow recovery didn't fit a modern stereotype
    SD doesn't seem to dwell on freud, medications, ECT or the latest fad
    the extended network of her Sri Lankan family gets most of the credit

    SD's multiple academic contacts and a chance to travel also helped her
    it really makes me wonder how a modern "bowling alone" person would do
    i certainly don't have a web of support like that at home or at work

    at it's heart, the book is SD's meditation on grief as the price we pay for love
    she misses them all so much because she loved them all so much
    SD's surviving the storm was fate, that SD goes on without them is brave







    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Berkeley, CA United States 04-11-14
    Amazon Customer Berkeley, CA United States 04-11-14 Listener Since 2007
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    "Raw, gripping, tragic"
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    This was definitely not a story that had me bored or falling asleep midsentence. The author writes a vivid memoir of the tragic loss of her family in the 2004 Sri Lanka tsunami. In the memoir, the author's husband is an English man so the narrator's English accent was appropriate and went well with the telling of the story. As much as there are some dark moments for the author, it is warming to see how she deals with these adversities and manages to bounce back.

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    Clio Massachusetts 07-17-13
    Clio Massachusetts 07-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a successful work"
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    A personal account of devastating set of events, but not a well-conceived book. The author's grief is overwhelming but not a cathartic reading experience. There's no story, and not much of a compelling emotional arc.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 02-15-14
    MG Albuquerque, NM, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Enjoyed this dark book"

    This book is sad and dark. The author, although torn apart by grief, is hard to like, but her story is compelling. The reader is excellent.

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    MissGrace happy ohio 02-06-14
    MissGrace happy ohio 02-06-14

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    "Depressing, hopeless, negative droning!"
    Would you try another book from Sonali Deraniyagala and/or Hannah Curtis?

    Probably not.


    What could Sonali Deraniyagala have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    True story-- can't change the heroines mindset! Maybe break up the whining a bit with facts about the event.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The beginning of the story as the wave was described approaching and hitting the island.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Wave?

    Some of the constant whining!


    Any additional comments?

    Not for me. --

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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