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The Binding Vine

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  119 ratings  ·  11 reviews
This moving and exquisitely crafted novel renders visible the extraordinary endurance and grace concealed in women’s everyday lives. The lives of three women who are "haunted by fears, secrets, and deep grief" (Washington Post) are bound together by strands of life and hope—a binding vine of love, concern, and connection that spreads across chasms of time, social class, an ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by The Feminist Press at CUNY (first published January 1st 1993)
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Sridevi
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Sachin
The book underlining tales of females in India and their Status.
they are shown to be completely dominated and instructed by their counterparts-the patriarchy and are blamed for things which are actually plotted by the males.
A must read in order to get sensitized towards women.
A book concernning feminist issues though its writer vehemently opposes the tag of being called a FEMININST.(STRANGE)
A good Book overall.
Anna
This is the most moving book I've ever read which describes loss - breath-taking...
Versha
I can never get enough of Shashi Deshpande’s tantalizing writing no matter how dark, how depressing her stories are , I always feel at home when I read them. Her characters are real the circumstances she creates in the story are realistic.

Yes, this book too is, dark, gloomy but very realistic!

“Only one, a son…the word keeps hammering in my mind. How could I, oh God, how could I? That was betrayal, treachery, how could I deny my Anu?” says Urmila


Urmila the main protagonist is grieving over her
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Piyush
A book most people will be correct to view it as a depressing sad story including myself but what I learned from this book is that when you be a good doer your life is going to be very difficult. You will face the world on your own and sometimes you find yourself the only person with certain thoughts. Urmi was the character that showed these signs. The book is wonderfully written and I would have given it a four star but I did not like the ending.
Col. Smith
This is my second book by Shashi Deshpande and loved this one too. She is a scintillating author - dark, reflective, female oriented. All her characters are strong, but with flaws. I love the way she depicts people in varying shades fo gray. No one is perfect (as in real life) and though some of the incidents are dramatized I feel keen sympathy and empathy towards most characters. This was a dark book dealing with the life of a woman after the death of her one year old daughter.
Namrirru
I really wanted to like this book. It had an interesting storyline, interesting characters and character relations. Alas. It left me a little cold.
Simeen
makes you hair stand at ends but you cant agree more with the book... Shashi deshpande is a good narrator..
Roshni
It is one of my all time favourite books. Shashi Deshpande has a way to reach directly to your heart...
Shervin
quite nice but depressing
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Novelist and short story writer, Shashi Deshpande began her career with short stories and has by now authored nine short story collections, twelve novels and four books for children. Three of her novels have received awards, including the Sahitya Akademi award for `That Long Silence'. Some of her other novels are `The Dark Holds No Terrors', `A Matter of Time', `Small Remedies', `Moving On', `In T ...more
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