Excellent book, particularly if one is open to be placed in a completely different cultural context. Beautifully written. Roy examines the effect of patriarchy and the caste system on the lives of a family in Bengal, India, (now split into West Bengal, an Indian state and Bangladesh, a separate country) in the mid-1940s.
Beautifully written exploration of love, longing, and desire over three generations. Ultimately unsatisfying, as desire often is.
Roy's prose is simply incredible and her characters unflinchingly human. Reminiscent of Hemingway's East of Eden (but thankfully, not as dark).
Bengali story of a family. VERY happy ending. Quite well written, but does anyone really live in this world?
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