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Koriandergrün Und Safranrot Roman

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  475 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Maya, her mother Nalini, and her brother Satchin have left a carefree life in India to come to England. But when Maya's father disappears, leaving only deceit and debt behind, they are left to fend for themselves in a strange, damp land. Maya, though, doesn't know of her father's betrayal. Nalini, determined to preserve her children's pride, tells them that their father d
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Published 2006 by Steinbach (first published January 1st 2003)
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Audrey
Jun 06, 2008 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone in for a good story
Shelves: favorites
This was a wonderful story of a girl born in India, traditional family, then moved to London, her life in london, then her return to India and back to London. All the while learning about her life, cooking, indian culture, and enjoying the story.
Ayushi
May 27, 2011 Ayushi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminiscent of The Mistress Of Spices.
Sharanya
Dec 03, 2014 Sharanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just how as adults we realize that the world is not always black and white, Preethi Nair weaves a beautiful story to portray that there are several shades of ‘white’ and innumerable aspects in life contributing to joy and sadness. Forced by circumstances in life, Nalini uproots herself and her two children (Maya and Sachin) to move to London leaving behind her mother in hometown Kerala. The trials and tribulations and the success and failures in these lives of Nalini and Maya and how they overco ...more
Elvira
Jan 06, 2013 Elvira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ein sehr gutes Buch, was das Leben einer indischen Familie über 3. Generationen hinweg beschreibt und das Buch abschnittsweise von anderen Personen/ Erzählperspektiven weitererzählt wird. Ich fand vor allem den Umzug von Indien nach London spannend (Beruf des Vaters macht den Umzug erforderlich) und wie der "Kulturschock" beschrieben wird. Der Vater verlässt die Familie, als die Kinder noch klein sind und die Mutter muss die Familie nun allein versorgen. Ein sehr ergreifendes Schicksal und sehr ...more
Mika Jay
Jun 01, 2011 Mika Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this book- it was very well written, the characters were coming off the pages, and the narration was done amazingly. It was a sweet book, but still with a good slap-in-the-face feeling, too. Awesome, awesome, awesome, is all I can say.
Niki Byrne
Aug 11, 2011 Niki Byrne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another suprising read - I really enjoyed this and I wasn't really expecting to. It was well written and a lovely story.
Neving
Aug 29, 2011 Neving rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a life story of hindu-english girl which describes sentimental objects quite well
Aakanksha
Mar 10, 2011 Aakanksha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this book!
Linda Botha
Jan 03, 2013 Linda Botha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books ever read!
Susanne
Apr 05, 2015 Susanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: indian
Der Roman war nett, ok, aber nichts Außergewöhnliches. Eine junge indische Frau wird ohne Geld, ohne Englischkenntnisse im London der 70er Jahre von ihrem Ehemann verlassen und kämpft sich durch, will sich und ihren beiden Kindern ein gutes Leben ermöglichen. Natürlich spielen dabei die indischen Gewürze und ihre Kochkünste eine wichtige Rolle! Nach meinem Geschmack hätte dem Charakter der Protagonistin eine Prise Ingwer oder Pfeffer gutgetan. Nalini war mir selbst für ein Mädchen vom Land etwas ...more
Debbie
Jan 11, 2011 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maya, her mother Nalini, and her brother Satchin have left a carefree life in India to come to England. But when Maya’s father disappears, leaving only deceit and debt behind, they are left to fend for themselves in a strange, damp land. Maya, though, doesn’t know of her father’s betrayal. Nalini, determined to preserve her children’s pride, tells them that their father died in an accident and, as their struggle to make a life begins, whole realities are built on this lie. But even a white lie ...more
The Cats Mother
Not my usual kind of book, I almost gave up on this after the first 20 or so pages as the language was strange, but persisted and am really glad I did. Told from the point of view of both daughter and mother in turn, it's about Nalini, a poor girl in India who marries above her station, and has to move her family to England to join her husband, only to be abandoned by him. Wanting to spare her children, she tells them he has died, and they begin a new life in the East End of London, where she us ...more
Keksisbaby
Sep 16, 2012 Keksisbaby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, read-2010
In "Koriandergriün und Safranrot" atmet man all die verschiedenen Gewürze der indischen Küche zwischen den Zeilen. Nalini zieht mit ihren zwei Kindern ihrem Mann zu liebe aus dem farbenfrohen Indien nach London. Dort sehnt sie sich nach der Heimat, doch als ihr Mann sie über Nacht für eine andere verläßt, sieht sie sich gezwungen sich und ihre Kinder mit harter Arbeit durchzubringen. Bis ein befreundeter Lieferfahrer von ihrem Talent erfährt, die Gefühle der Menschen durch ihre Chutneys in eine ...more
Sahana
Jan 27, 2016 Sahana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful book. Simple and beautiful. Struggles in an immigrant world is beautifully captured in this book. I didn't expect myself to like this book but it surprised me in a very nice way. A light read.
Shreya Kishore
I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. The beginning was boring. It was too descriptive but overall I enjoyed the book. It was nice and beautiful.
Geetika Arora
Oct 21, 2015 Geetika Arora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is story of love, forgiveness, letting go, belief and most importantly treating oneself worthy of things that we actually deserve. It tells one can find ll inspiration, happiness and peace when he or she does the thing he/she loves the most. It appears to be a story whose basic storyline is similar to any hindi TV serial storyline but the way in which it is written gives you small small pieces of wisdom after every 10 pages. So much to learn from amamma, nalni and maya. With their passion o ...more
Kavita
Jan 17, 2015 Kavita rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read the first few pages and it didnt interest me much so its just one of the few books that i left halfaway...
Kalpna Bains
Jul 10, 2014 Kalpna Bains rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book remind me of the mistress of spice
Bhavini
Mar 29, 2014 Bhavini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very touching story...
Swatisingh
Jan 05, 2015 Swatisingh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
totally loved the book.. beautifully written.
Katicat
Apr 14, 2010 Katicat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine wunderbare Geschichte über die magische Wirkung von Gewürze und die Kraft des Vergebens. Ich habe es in einem Zug gelesen.

Es ist ein sehr weibliches Buch. Dadurch dass es aus verschiedenen Perspektiven erzählt wird, kann der Leser die Themen des Buches, loslassen und vergeben, genau an den dargestellten Lebensläufen erkennen und die Schwierigkeiten verfolgen.

Bindu Manoj
This is a book that could have turned out into something really great. Three generations of women, healing through spices (sounds a bit like mistress of spices), a father who is never there - the theme was quite interesting.
Skipped through many a page, but was still curious to know how it ended. An okay read
Maeve
Aug 13, 2007 Maeve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On the familiar lines of herbs and spices being the wood and glue of a home...

Still, the novel has great impact on the difficulties of an immigrant family trying to assimilate into a new culture while maintaining their own identity, the gap and tension between generations, love, loss and family life
Laura
Jul 30, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book showed a lot of the frailties of human beings. It showed the lengths mothers go to in order to give their children a better life. It speaks to mis-communications in families, to the complexity of relationships, and forgiveness. Also about the benefits of one's culture and ones history.
Cassandra
Jan 17, 2015 Cassandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
Lovely story, but I didn't like the way it jumped back and forth through time for most of the book, as I had enough to do keeping track of who was narrating to have mostly un-called for jumping around.
Subha
Feb 04, 2013 Subha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another author added to my list of fav authors. Preethi has a way of writing so smooth and serene. She will take you to the world of her characters and soak them with the right affect.

Lovely book.
Kate
Jun 07, 2011 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-library
I suspect this is a first novel.....However there were bits of promise but it was a bit patchy in places. I enjoyed the whole conclusion this made up for the wobbly bits.
Sarah
Jun 21, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
An awe-inspiring tale of the healing powers of food and the special bond shared between a mother and daughter...Has a very feel-good sorta ending...
Sylvia
Aug 16, 2007 Sylvia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fictiousaddict
This book teaches me that those who lead their lives doing the job they love will suffer the darnest despair yet experience the greatest joy.
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