The Tree Bride
Born to a wealthy Calcutta family, Mukherjee lived in Britain as a child and is now a professor at U.C. Berkeley. Her life of migration and assimilation informs her work, but critics agree that grander themes play out in Tree Bride
There were times when it felt so realistic, I wondered if it was a true story. There were other times when I didn't completely follow the story line. So while I enjoyed it, I didn't love it. I had difficulty remembering the relationships between the characters, and never really got the big wrap-up for some of the MAIN plot poi...more
However, I felt that the novel had many story lines that weren't cohesiv...more
I found that the main character's search for truth in her past and the intimation that her present life is affected by this to be enchanting!!
However, I felt that there was a lack of depth in her recounting of the past. Perhaps I was searching for an account of power and poetics, while she was simply retelling a version of her family story...
PS - If India interests you look for these three movies directed by Deepa Mehta: Fire (1996), Earth (1998), and Water(2005).
I watched Water first, it was BREATH TAKING!!!
My understanding of British colonialism and its effects on India were enhanced by this novel. It is also intriguing and unfolds a generational mystery.