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The Binding Vine

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  150 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
“There can be no vaulting over time,” thinks Urmila, the narrator of Shashi Deshpande’s profound and soul-stirring novel. “We have to walk every step of the way, however difficult or painful it is; we can avoid nothing.” After the death of her baby, Urmila finds her own path difficult to endure. But through her grief, she is drawn into the lives of two very different women ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by The Feminist Press at CUNY (first published January 1st 1993)
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Sidharth Vardhan
Feb 15, 2016 Sidharth Vardhan rated it really liked it
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what were use of my creation, if I were entirely contained here?

The quote from Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights appear at the begining of the book and is probably best describes the story.

The narrator Urmilla or Urmi is a sharp tongued woman with a very strong sense of justice. It shows mostly in form of her musings on gender injustice, because well that is where most of injustice is to be found. She has just lost an infant daughter. Although she has dealt with that well enough.

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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
Aug 05, 2013 Sridevi rated it really liked it
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Syl. A.k.a Topo di biblioteca
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.
Jun 20, 2010 Sachin rated it really liked it
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.
This is the most moving book I've ever read which describes loss - breath-taking...
Wari Singh
Aug 13, 2015 Wari Singh rated it it was amazing
I have read very few Indian authors. To me she is the best amongst the few that I have read; standing right next to Tagore, the master storyteller. Shashi's writing style is so simple and natural. It speaks to you without any effort. She has managed to maintain a flow throughout the novel. She beautifully ties up all the subplots and she has beautifully captured the issues faced by men and women under an oppressive patriarchal society. I want to read That Long Silence and The Dark Holds No Terro ...more
Sep 22, 2014 Piyush rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 13, 2007 Namrirru rated it liked it
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I really wanted to like this book. It had an interesting storyline, interesting characters and character relations. Alas. It left me a little cold.
Jul 29, 2012 Simeen rated it it was ok
makes you hair stand at ends but you cant agree more with the book... Shashi deshpande is a good narrator..
Jun 18, 2012 Roshni rated it it was amazing
It is one of my all time favourite books. Shashi Deshpande has a way to reach directly to your heart...
Jun 03, 2010 Shervin rated it it was ok
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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