Review: The Sacrament of the Goddess and Jaya Nepal!

Here’s a review of my book by the Editor of a major Literary Journal that focuses on South Asia.

This book is available at Vajra Books on Jyatha in Thamel, or Tibet Books on Tri Devi Marg. Readers in other countries can find it on Amazon.

Enjoy!

Elen Turner reviews Joe Niemczura’s The Sacrament of the Goddess (Austin: Plain View Press, 2014. 263 pp.) and Martin David Hughes’ Jaya Nepal! (Asheville: Simi Books, 2014. 335 pp.)

sacramentNepal is a country about which there is an extremely warped image in the minds of outsiders. The stereotypes do not need repeating, because anyone who has not been to Nepal but has given the country even a cursory thought, knows what they are. There is also very little literature available outside of South Asia that engages with the country in any meaningful way—Canadian-Nepali Manjushree Thapa’s fiction and non-fiction being notable exceptions. Therefore, it is refreshing and promising when non-Nepalis with an extensive knowledge of the country turn to literature to record their experiences.

Joe Niemczura’s The Sacrament of the Goddess and Martin David Hughes’ Jaya Nepal! are two fictionalized accounts of American aid workers’ experiences in Nepal, published…

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Book Review of The Sacrament of the Goddess in Nepali bhasa Jan 19

Note: this book is now available in Vajra Books or Tibet Books in Thamel. click here for the list!

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द साक्रामेन्ट अफ गोड्डेस्,,अथवा नेपाली मा भन्नु पर्दा देबी को प्रसाद,,एउटा यस्तो नोवेल जसमा माया,जिबन्,त्याग्,आत्मियता जस्ता आध्यात्मिक कुरहरु को मिठो बयान गरिएको छ, यसका लेखक जो निम्जुरा एउटा अमेरिकि नागरिक र पेसामा उनि नेपाल र अमेरिका दुबैमा राजइस्टर्ड नर्स हुन्,,बिगत ७ बर्ष देखी उनि नेपालमा स्वास्थ्य को क्षेत्रमा उल्लेख्हनिय काम गर्दै आइरहेका छन्,.यो किताब उन्कै मिहिनेत को फल हो,,यसमा नेपालमा दस बर्स सम्म चलेको जनयुद्द को बेलाको.. एउटा अमेरिकन सर्जन र नेपाल को बेनी भन्ने ठाउँमा बस्ने साधाराण नेपाली केटी बिचको प्रेम सम्ब्न्ध को बारेमा बयान गरिएको छ,,,,,, एउटा यस्तो पबित्र प्रेम सम्ब्न्ध जुनसाधारण,,अपरिपक्व,,र सारीरिक तर इन्टेन्स लभ बाट सुरु भएर,,धेरै त्याग र प्रतिक्षा बाट गुजृदै एउटा आत्मिय र परिपक्व्य प्रेम भएर फुल्छ,,यै प्रेम कथा लाई प्रमुख सेरोफेरो बनाएर लेखकले, ,,जिबन का धेरै तिता मिठा सत्य,,जिबन मा गरिने त्याग्,,तपस्या आदी को बारेमा अत्यन्तै सरल तर सत्य,मार्मिक र चित्त बुझ्दो तरिकबाट बयान गरेका छन्,,, नोवेलमा लेखकले नेपाल को गाउँ र शहर दुबै को सुन्दर्ता जती स्वच्छता का साथ बयान गरेका छन्,,,,एउटा बिदेशी नागरिक भएर पनि नेपाल लाई यती नजिक बाट नियालेका छन लेखक ले,,,जती नजिक बाट हामी नेपाली ले पनि नियाल्दैनौ होला माया,,प्रेम्,,,,तपस्या,,त्याग्,, पर्‍खाइ,,धैर्यता,,,, चोखो माया.. जस्तै भगवान प्रती को जस्तै सध्भाव्,,र सङ्सङ्गै मेडिकल ज्ञान ….लेखक का भाबुक्,,पबित्र शब्द बाट सजिएका मार्मिक पल हरु ले धेरै पटक आँखा रसाइदिन्छन एस्तै कुरा हरु को मिश्रड भएको नोवेल हो द साक्रामेन्ट अफ गोड्डेस्,,,, यो किताब को बारेमा थप जानकारिको लागि यसको फेसबुक पेज मा हेर्न सकिन्छ

साथै २४ जनवारी को दिन यस नोबेल को रिलिज हुँदैछ नेपालमा…. ठेगाना:पाटन दरबार स्क्वर समय:दिउसो २ बजे (प्रसिद्ध ब्यान्ड एभरेष्ट ब्यान्ड बाजा का साथ सबै लाई रातो ड्रेस कोड को अनुरोध का साथै नोबेल किन्न इछुक ले नेपाली रुपैया ५०० मा लिन सकिने छ)

Review of my novel The Sacrament of the Goddess by a Nepali RN

The Sacrament of the Goddess is now available on Amazon. You can read the first five chapters on the Kindle site, and decide.

Pre-Publication reviews

In prep for this I sent a number of spiral-bound copies of the draft in pdf to people who might review it. The feedback is beginning to appear.

This book will be of interest to people in Nepal, or who want to learn about the fascinating and wonderful culture of that magical country. Here is a thoughtful review by a friends of mine. Binu is a Nepali citizen and a Registered Nurse in that country.  I would humbly say that she “Gets it”

from  Goodreads

I feel lucky to get pre-publication copy of the book The Sacrament of the Goddess written by Joe Niemczura. I am not fond of reading books but I do read something sometime and if anything interests me I go deep into it. I must say The Sacrament of the Goddess is the book, which created my interest as I start to flip pages of it.

The book is about an American guy Matt who loved a Nepali woman Shushila. He goes to medical school, then comes back to look for his love and volunteers in hospital of Nepal. It is also about a Nepali girl who went through tough time in a relationship. It depicts war between maoist and governmental army of Nepal so clearly.

I am a Nepali reader and I thought in spite of being foreigner, writer knows more about our situation than me. And he presented everything so precisely. When the guy came back to Nepal and volunteer in hospital; episodes of burn victim, emergency cesarean, mushroom poisoning, malaria, and of course, violence against hospital staff are well pictured. It shows Nepali community and cultural aspects also. There are many other characters besides hero and heroine and writer did totally fair with all of them with their roles. Book is about, What happens with hero and heroine and with their love?

I am not finding one right word to say what is the book as a whole, because it’s a love story with tragedy, there is a war and there is a kindness and lots of problems with their solutions. In fact the book is a complete package of entertainment and emotions. And I must mention that it has suspense right up to the last page. As a whole I recommend this book for all those readers who want to read a “GOOD READ”.

I have been tweeting about it, if you are on Twitter, look for @CCNEPal2013