Nectar in a Sieve. London, Putnam, ; New York, Day, Some Inner Fury. A Silence of Desire. London, Putnam, and New York, Day,
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Oct 27, Alana Cash rated it it was amazing This is a character-driven book about a man - Ravi - raised in poverty who falls in love with a respectable girl, daughter of a tailor. Before meeting her, Ravi is a petty crook working for a man named Damodar. Ravi leaves the criminal life and courts Ravi until he finally wins over her parents. Ravi is deeply in love and happy at first with big This is a character-driven book about a man - Ravi - raised in poverty who falls in love with a respectable girl, daughter of a tailor.
Ravi is deeply in love and happy at first with big plans for buying things and making their life better. But then children come along and Ravi begins to feel the pressure of living on the edge of poverty - he has enough to eat, a roof over his head, but he cannot save and he becomes anxious.
When his father-in-law dies, Ravi has to take over the tailoring business and he begins to lose customers and he gets into debt. Ravi is not a very likable man - he is self-centered and driven by desire for money for his wife, etc. But when his desires are not fulfilled he clearly has no inner strength and he becomes violent or drunk and considers returning to crime.
The author captures all the psychological conflict and despair very well without being overly dramatic or graphic. And the reader feels the sadness of what happens in a marriage in which money is a constant worry.
Weird read. It started off well I guess -? And then just got too dreary. Dreary or realistic -? On the whole, a weird read. Why did colleges prescribe these books even-?
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