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The Vine Of Desire (Anju and Sudha #2)

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Published (first published February 19th 2002)
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Charles Matthews
This review ran in the San Jose Mercury News in 2002:

Do you know the sensation of getting near the end of a book and feeling the thickness of the pages left? As the remaining pages of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's new novel grew fewer I began to worry: Would there be room enough for what I wanted to know about the characters and their lives?
There was. Divakaruni's narrative in ''The Vine of Desire'' is as gracefully structured as a piece of chamber music, with its interplay of themes and voices,
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Maria Clara
Dec 30, 2015 Maria Clara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sublime! No hay otra palabra que pueda describirlo. Es la historia de Sunil, de Anju y de Sudha, de sus miedos y deseos; sobre todo de sus deseos. De esos anhelos que guardamos en lo más hondo del corazón y que no somos capaces de reconocer. Habla de amor, de diferentes maneras de amar, y también habla del dolor que causa el desamor; el amor mismo. Y del deseo, de la necesidad de ser amados y de los celos. Es un libro que habla hasta por los codos, con un lenguaje y una estructura nueva, donde t ...more
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Jun 17, 2010 Δx Δp ≥ ½ ħ rated it really liked it
Saia bener-bener suka gaya bercerita Divakaruni dalam buku ini.

awalnya seh agak boring, maklum buku drama, hehe...

gimana yah mengambarkan buku ini? hmmm...... ginih deh, ini cerita ngasal saia, gak ada di buku inih, cuma kayaknya sangat mewakili isi buku ini :P

bayangkan Anda sedang bercengkrama dg seorang rekan yang sudah lama tak bersua. tapi, dari tadi malah teman Anda yang mendominasi cerita. Karena dia terus ngomong gak jelas, Anda malah bosan mendengarnya, apalagi tema yang dia bahas menjem
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Jalilah
Oct 21, 2015 Jalilah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How many stars I give this novel will depend on whether or not Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni intends to write a third book "Anju and Sudha" book. For now, I am going to be optimistic and assume she is and therefore give The Vine Of Desire 4 solid stars.
In the first book Sister of My Heart we met the cousins Anju and Sudha, born within hours from each other and raised as sisters in a huge, old mansion in Calcutta. We follow their coming of age, arranged marriages and their separation with Anju en
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Marcy
Feb 27, 2013 Marcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It is a continuation of Sister of my Heart. After Anju has a miscarriage, she is despondent and depressed. Sudha comes to America with her baby daughter, (her mother-in-law in India insisted that Sudha have an abortion because the baby was not a boy). Sudha had her baby at her mom's home in India, and then left for America to help her cousin, the "sister of her heart." Meanwhile, Sudha has to cope with Anju's husband's love for Sudha, a love that had emerged back in India duri ...more
Stacia
Jun 14, 2012 Stacia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2012
I loved the predecessor to this book, Sister of My Heart. It was a fabulous story of strong women. They made amazing selfless choices out of love and loyalty to each other. Even when you didn't agree with their actions, you understood their motivations clearly. I highly recommend Sister of My Heart.

I was excited to find out a sequel existed and picked up The Vine Of Desire almost immediately. Somehow, this book was the opposite of the first and made me dislike almost all of the characters I love
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indri
Oct 04, 2011 indri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asia-land
perempuan. kalau mengeluh dibilang tidak bersyukur. tidak bisa sabar. tidak bisa nerimo. padahal terkadang ia lelah menjadi tumpuan. yang tidak seharusnya. dan ia tidak bisa berbagi. tidak boleh membuka diri. ditanggung dan ditelan sendiri.

perempuan. dituntut menjaga diri. sempurna seperti cermin. bukan untuk dirinya sendiri, tapi untuk sekeliling. 'apa kata orang nanti?'. kebebasan yang didapat penuh syarat. tak mengindahkan hati.

perempuan. melawan dengan harga diri. mengombang ambing tak pasti
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Cyndi Gallo Callan
Jun 05, 2016 Cyndi Gallo Callan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
Good sequel to "Sister of My Heart". By now I know the characters. Found myself talking to both Anju and Sudha as they journey in this new life.
Trish
Nov 14, 2015 Trish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
besides bathroom breaks and dinner (and an hour where i watched master chef australia), i basically read this book in one sitting. i've been craving this sequel since i finished sister of my heart and it didn't disappoint. it's 2 am right now and i'm very tired and emotionally exhausted so i'll write a more coherent and thorough review tomorrow. but for now, i really liked the book and i liked the ending, though i can see why some people wouldn't. it was enough closure for me.
Chameli
Aug 29, 2014 Chameli rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved Sister of My Heart.

The sequel, not so much.

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has an incredibly lovely style of writing, however in this book, every sentence reeks of purple prose. The writing is too flowery, crowded by many metaphors which are sometimes hard to interpret. It became annoying quickly.

None of the characters were as likable to me as they were in the first book, except for maybe Dayita.

The fact that all of the men wanted Sudha was really off-putting. Yes, she is a beauti
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Suzanne Crane
I liked this book, and I listened to it right on the tail of finishing book 1. It does a good job of retelling enough of 1 to provide context and remind a reader who waited a long time between books to remember important events that shaped this continuing story (without boring the reader who didn't.) I wanted to give it 3.5 stars because I enjoyed the writers style, but in some ways I found the plot to be a little too predictable. The author has a way of making it enjoyable anyway with her creat ...more
Tezar Yulianto
Nov 03, 2015 Tezar Yulianto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ok. saya lebih suka buku #1. tapi jejak membaca buku 1 sudah mulai menghilang ketika saya membaca buku ini. meski demikian, Divakaruni mau menceritakan ulang sebagian besar kusah di buku 1, dalam tiap sudut pandang Anju dan Sudha, 2 saudara sepupu yang kembali bertemu dalam perantauan mereka di Amerika, bersama Sunil suami Anju.

Jadinya, awal-awal memang membonsankan dengan kilas balik dari buku pertama. Dan saya baru bisa menikmati buku ini di sepertiga akhir buku ini, kira-kira.

Dan 1/3 akhir m
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Shambhavi Singh

So I read the sequel of “Sister of My Heart”. What a disappointment. Yes, getting to the point, “The vine of desire” was very underwhelming. I think Chitra Banerjee forgot what made the prequel so beloved, and in a strange way so relatable.


I loved sister of my heart because of the relationship between Sudha and Anju. How much they loved each other and how much they could have and did give up for each other. I could empathize with every irritating, self-sacrificing emotion that Sudha had because
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Imas
Mar 02, 2016 Imas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku serial lanjutan kisah tentang Anju dan Sudha. Dua sepupu yang saling menyayangi, hidup terpisah selama bertahun-tahun, satu di India dan satu lainnya di Amerika. Menghadapi masalah pelik dalam hidup masing-masing .....kehilangan. Masalah mereka makin ruwet justru setelah mereka kembali bersatu tinggal dalam rumah yang sama.

Konflik perasaan, guncangan budaya dan perubahan diri dengan lingkungan yang berbeda membuat Anju dan Sudha harus memutuskan jalan hidup mereka selanjutnya.




Darnia
Sep 23, 2015 Darnia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, india, 2015
Jujur, gw lebih suka buku sebelumnya karena menurut gw emosi yg terasa lebih kental. Mungkin karena di sini kita juga diajak menyelami pikiran Sunil dan Lalit (bahkan Dayita!!!), selain Sudha dan Anju (entah mengapa, meski ada bab dimana Anju menjadi center-nya, judul babnya suka nggak ditulis, sedangkan Sudha sebaliknya). Banyaknya tokoh yg dijabarkan dengan gamblang membuat gw nggak terlalu terbawa emosi pas bacanya, beda banget saat baca Sister of My Heart - Saudara Sehati.

Tapi bukan berarti
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Dee
Jul 12, 2008 Dee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would read another novel by this author but this wasn't a favorite by any means. The author's wonderful rich & layer discriptive details are lost in the first 100 pages. It took me that long to truly get into the meat of the novel. There are short & strange movie/storie plot lines told in a Bollywood type manner which seem surreal & don't really add to the story. I was glad when the main character finally triumphed but felt like it took forever to read this book.
Rachel
Apr 10, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I liked the ending. :p. Maybe I'm a bit biased because the epilogue chronicled one of the main characters skydiving as a form of rejuvenation after mourning, which is the main theme of a short story I had published, hee. I guess Divakaruni and I were on the same wavelength!

But overall I found this sequel to be disappointing. I had hoped it wouldn't disseminate into overwrought love affairs, and instead deal more concretely with the relationships and character development between Suddha, Anju and
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Jessica
It's sounds tacky but Chitra's writing is like drinking a really good drink. You just keep taking sips. Honestly, I'm not always propelled by the plot, but I am always eager to just keep listening.

This book is about a love triangle between two best friends and one of the women's husbands. It sounds like a scandal but it's more about dealing with your feelings, who you are, the possibilities and moving on past mistakes.
Liyanaabdulmuthalib
If you're looking for a complicated story line or twisted plots, then this is not the book. The story line is quite simple actually. But if you happen to like scandals and complicated relationships, then you'll like this book. For me, honestly, I chose this book because of her style of writing. I've read Divakaruni's novel before, The Mistress Of Spices and i love it!She continued to bewitched me with her style of writing in this book. I managed to be lost into the characters portrayed in this b ...more
Carmen
Feb 06, 2016 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diferenciaría dos cosas de este libro: la historia y como cuentan la historia. La historia es un triángulo amoroso puro y duro, en la novela aparecen pocos personajes y la historia mas que sencilla, para mi, ha sido aburrida. No pasa nada, ese es el problema, es una historia monótona que vas pasando páginas y dices "a ver esto cuando se anima? Cuando van a empezar a pasar cosas?" Por este motivo no lo volvería a leer. La segunda parte que comentaba; como cuentan la historia. Es lo único bueno de ...more
Urvashi
Jun 02, 2014 Urvashi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a sequel to Sister of my Heart, a powerful and poignant tale of two sisters who love each other more than anything else in the world. This book may however be disappointing to readers who take it up expecting the tale to continue in the same fashion. It seems like the author has written the book just to continue and end the story and in doing so has twisted personalities making you wonder if if its the same people she's talking about. This is so especially in the case of Sudha who comes ...more
Sylvia
May 15, 2016 Sylvia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Anju dan Sunil adalah pasangan suami istri yang tinggal di Amerika sejak menikah. Baru-baru ini Anju mengalami keguguran. Tentu saja kejadian itu membuat pasangan ini sedih dan Anju pun mulai menjauh. Tiap kali Sunil mulai melakukan manuver untuk mengajaknya berintim-ria Anju langsung menarik diri. Dia tahu ini salah, namun dia tidak bisa menahan dirinya. Bisa ditebak, hubungan pasangan ini menjadi sedingin es.

Anju pun meminta sepupunya, Sudha, untuk datang ke Amerika guna memberinya kekuatan. S
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Beverlee
Mar 25, 2014 Beverlee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
So often I've wished for books that extended the lives of its characters, especially when the characters are well-drawn. I was excited when I realized that this book continued where Sister of My Heart left off. However, in this case, I'm sorry I got what I'd ask for. This book reminded me of a Harlequin more often than not, though certainly not a romance novel in the end. It still had pockets of gorgeous descriptions of culture, of settings, of characters. It still used some literary devices suc ...more
Jayeeta Mukherjee
May 21, 2015 Jayeeta Mukherjee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with Chitra Banerjee's writing after coming across Sister Of My Heart, in our local library. After that I was hunting down all her books,and thus read The Vine Of Desire.

This is the next part of the journey of Sudha and Anju, after they get married at the same altar!

A lovely book, but somehow not as great as the 1st book!

The story ends in a way, where the reader is left thinking as to what would happen next!And there can be so many possibilities to it .... I haven't checked if th
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Lavina
Jul 26, 2014 Lavina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this author - and that is the only reason I'm giving this two stars and not one.
Sister of my heart was a book I fell truly madly and deeply in love with. This sequel unfortunately is a bit of a stretch. The plot's gone weird, the characters feel like entirely different people and I couldn't finish the book because I was 80 pages in and nothing has really happened that's remotely interested me. The whole different country and different setting thing is just not working for me ma
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Michal
Jul 28, 2007 Michal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember liking this one less than the books I'd already read by the same author...
Arlie
Jun 30, 2014 Arlie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop-lit
A much stronger read than 'Sister of My Heart', Divakaruni added emotional depth to all her characters in this book. They were more complex and therefore more likeable. She explores the relationship between honour and personal happiness, although I found it somewhat unsatisfactory. Are there truly people in real life who spend years being in love with/obsessing over someone they don't really know? Can nobody love the person he/she is with? I would have appreciated if love, happiness, and honour ...more
Linh
May 12, 2015 Linh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The bond between the "sisters" are strained to the point of breaking in The Vine of Desire, and I couldn't help but think to myself that they brought it on themselves. Why, would Anju invite Sudha to join her if she knows that her husband is attracted to her cousin? Isn't that just bringing trouble from across the ocean? I understand she needed her to get over the loss of Prem, but she could have gone back to India for a visit or something else.

The storyline behind the the two women and their re
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Carmen8094
Aug 21, 2014 Carmen8094 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanzi-e-saggi
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Amardip
Aug 16, 2012 Amardip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is the sequel to Sister of My Heart and is a major letdown. I found the first half of the book to be really difficult to read because the prose was overwritten and repetitive, the metaphors were dragged out and overdone, the plot doesn't go anywhere, and it's just plain depressing. The second half of the book is much better, with several insightful and luminous passages and the introduction of new characters and an actual storyline. However, it felt like the characters were not a conti ...more
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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is an award-winning author and poet. Her themes include the Indian experience, contemporary America, women, immigration, history, myth, and the joys and challenges of living in a multicultural world. Her work is widely known, as she has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and her writing has been included in over 50 ant ...more
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