Anita Desai’s work is brilliant as always and this is yet another example. I read her first book in school, ‘Village By The Sea’ and never forgot her. However, the lovers of the fast-paced thrillers may not like it.
It is the story of the Das family from the perspective of the children during their childhood, teenage years and adulthood. Set in Old Delhi around the time of the partition of India and Pakistan, it shows the tension between Muslims and Hindus existing in those days. It also mentions the partition riots, the refugee camps, the growing apart of the Das children and their reminiscing of their childhood days.
It is full of meaning and depth and if you try and delve upon it you may come to some sweet and bitter realisations about your own selves too. A meaningful book!
- Anita Desai on Longing and Striving (3quarksdaily.com)
- In conversation: Kiran Desai meets Anita Desai (3quarksdaily.com)
- The Artist of Disappearance (3quarksdaily.com)