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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Title: Dancing to the Flute by Manisha Jolie Amin

Publisher: Atria
Pages: 320
Released: 2013
Source: Blog Tour/Publisher
Rating: 2.5/5


Kalu was abandoned as a child and left to fend for himself in rural India. Kalu has no material possessions, and a sore foot that is severely infected, causing a foul odor. People began to shun him, and didn’t want him around, thinking he was too lazy to wash. When a traveling healer name Vaid comes to town and offers to help Kalu, his life is changed forever. Kalu was initially skeptical of Vaid but he felt like it was worth a chance. The healer wraps up the foot, and tells Kalu he’ll return at a later date. Kalu worries about paying Vaid, he has nothing that he can give him. When his foot is unwrapped and cured, the healer asks Kalu to play his flute in return. Vaid offers Kalu to become a student of Guruji, a famous flute-player who lives in isolation. Kalu knows this is a great opportunity, and accepts the offer.


 I didn’t really enjoy this one. I thought the story was okay, but it didn’t really keep me interested. Kalu’s storyline is interesting, he had nothing and Vaid gave him a great opportunity. Those who shunned him, suddenly became more interested in him. Usually, I am drawn to stories that take place and India, and in this case it didn’t live up to my expectations. I had a hard time connecting with the characters. The writing is beautiful, and the descriptions are fantastic. It was the overall storyline that I had a hard time staying interested in. I might have to revisit this one at a later date. 


  1. Oh, that's too bad. I had high hopes for this one.

  2. It does sound as if this were not expertly plotted that it could flop, and I'm sorry that it did. The initial summary sounded great, but then when I heard that it didn't work for you, I put it on the "no go" list. Thanks for being so honest!

  3. While the concept seems interesting, it sounds like the author wasn't able to draw you into this world with any real feelings toward the character. I'm sorry this one didn't meet your expectations.