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Island of a Thousand Mirrors
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What is the ending message?

Created: 09/12/14

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Posted Sep. 12, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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What is the ending message?

What does the ending message of the book seem to be?


Posted Sep. 15, 2014 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
vickic

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RE: What is the ending message?

The ending message is that it seems in (all) war there can be found truth on all sides.


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mariannes

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I thought the ending message was that life goes on. Things change and a new generation looks at the past differently. What was important enough for Saraswathi to die for will be incomprehensible to Yosadhara's daughter.


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mariannes

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RE: What is the ending message?

I thought the ending message was that life goes on. Things change and a new generation looks at the past differently. What was important enough for Saraswathi to die for will be incomprehensible to Yosadhara's daughter.


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LeahLovesBooks

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RE: What is the ending message?

Like Mariannes' comment. I have 7 kids, 6 of whom are girls. There's a plaque in our kitchen that says "By the time a woman realizes her mother is right, she has a daughter who thinks all she does is wrong."


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pate

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RE: What is the ending message?

I think the author wanted us to see that war affects all of us, and that survival happens differently for victims of war. For Yosadhara and her family, immigrating to America was key to their survival. For Saraswathi, survival meant joining the Tamil fighters, and ultimately, sacrificing her life for the cause. But, at the end, I believe the author wanted us to know that there is life after experiencing tragedy, but that life will be very different. The fact that Yosadhara was able to escape the horrors of war and build a new, happier life in America is the message of hope that I believe the author leaves with us at the end.


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lynneb

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RE: What is the ending message?

The views of hatred leading to civil war and the injustices against the innocent were so heartbreakingly true and not a surprise to read but one of the more depressing parts of the story was the effects of the war on the family of Saraswathi and the total brainwashing she received as part of The Tigers. It was so depressing to realize that she had no other choice but to sacrifice herself believing that she would gain some type of honor for herself and her family after being raped and then pregnant and never to return to her family or a normal life. When thinking how suicide bombers could possibly do something like that it was very evident how someone could make such a sacrifice. The final message is that yes, there can be a continuing of life and that it must continue so that those who survive will be able to remember those who sacrificed.


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rebeccar

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RE: What is the ending message?

I think this book helps to point out that there are good people and bad people in any segment of any society. It also shows that hatred is a wasted emotion and that war is a waste of human life. The "war to end all wars" has come and gone. This book makes the reader think of all the good and all the schools/ clean water supplies/ health programs that could be in place if money was not spent on war. Think of all the children that would know their father, of all the men and women that would have all of their limbs... and on and on... if it weren't for war.


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bettyt

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RE: What is the ending message?

There's a time to mourn for the past. Then we must move on. While she knew horror and tremendous grief in her homeland, she also knew great love and beauty. This aspect of her country she chooses to share with her daughter when the time is right.


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