What the Body Remembers

What the Body Remembers

Book - 1999
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In a novel set in 1937 India, the second younger wife of a Sikh landowner enters her marriage thinking the first wife--who was never able to bear children--will treat her kindly, but their relationship quickly grows complicated.
Publisher: New York : N.A. Talese, c1999
Edition: 1st ed. in the U.S.A
ISBN: 9780385496049
Branch Call Number: Fiction Baldwin
Characteristics: 471 p. : maps ; 25 cm


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Oct 01, 2011

This is the story of Roop, a young Indian woman whose kismat (destiny, fate) it is to become the second wife of a wealthy man. This book gives an interesting view of British colonialism as seen through Indian eyes, but unfortunately, the author does not take chances in her writing (HINT: Isn't Tuesday a bad day for travelling?).

graphiste Jan 10, 2010

Beautifully written story that takes you into the heart of a culture and a kaleidoscope of personal perspectives.

Jun 21, 2009

This multi-layered story set against the 1947 partition of India and Pakistan absorbs, edifies and involves the reader on so many different levels. It's a fascinating historical perspective on how societies and communities were torn asunder when India was seemingly randomly split across geographical and religious lines. It's an engrossing cultural study of different religions and practices. It's also an intimate portrait of a marriage involving three people - a successful Sikh landowner, his strong-willed and opinionated first wife and his young, idealistic and somewhat bewildered second wife. Tying these myriad strands together is the informing presence and resonance of the title, as "What the Body Remembers" spans everything from the connections between mothers and children and husbands and wives, to what a body such as a country or community retains or does not when it is broken apart ... and even that idea takes on a striking literal form during the book's explosive and unforgettable ending.


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