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The Blue Notebook - A Novel

James A. Levine

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Dear Reader: Every now and then, we come across a novel that moves us like no other, that seems like a miracle of the imagination, and that haunts us long after the book is closed. James Levine's The Blue Notebook is that kind of book. It is the story of Batuk, an Indian girl who is taken to Mumbai from the countryside and sold into prostitution by her father; the blue notebook is her diary, in which she recalls her early childhood, records her life on the Common Street, and makes up beautiful and fantastic tales about a silver-eyed leopard and a poor boy who fells a giant with a single gold coin. How did Levine, a British-born doctor at the Mayo Clinic, manage to conjure the voice of a fifteen-year-old female Indian prostitute? It all began, he told me, when, as part of his medical research, he was interviewing homeless children on a street in Mumbai known as the Street of Cages, where child prostitutes work. A young woman writing in a notebook outside her cage caught Levine's attention. The powerful image of a young prostitute engaged in the act of writing haunted him, and he himself began to write. The Blue Notebook brings us into the life of a young woman for whom stories are not just entertainment but a means of survival. Even as the novel humanizes and addresses the devastating global issue of child prostitution, it also delivers an inspiring message about the uplifting power of words and reading-a message that is so important to hold on to, especially in difficult times. Dr. Levine is donating all his U.S. proceeds from this book to help exploited children. Batuk's story can make a difference. Sincerely, Celina Spiegel Publisher From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Meera Simhan

Length:

7h 21m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:56


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:29


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:33


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:43


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:26


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:32


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:26


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:00


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:16


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:07


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:58


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:52


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:06


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:35


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:04


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:44


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:03


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:23


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:18


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:14


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:14


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:30


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:25


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:05


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:38


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:39


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:05


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:21


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:06


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:40


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:02


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:15


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:26


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

09:08


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

00:33