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Malasia, 1914. Parvathi es obligada a casarse con un millonario indio mucho mayor que ella para satisfacer la avaricia de su padre. Pero tras quedarse embarazada, su esposo muere. Coincidiendo con la ocupación japonesa durante la II Guerra Mundial, Parvathi accede a convertirse en la amante del oficial japonés al mando para salvar a su hija, y aunque las primeras relacione ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 2010)
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I am actually struggling with finding a way to review this book as, even after turning the last page, I’m still not entirely sure what it’s about. It felt, to me, like the book wanted to be a sprawling, epic book about a woman who was married off for money in Malaysia and set over nearly 100 years, but here it really falls short: there wasn’t enough depth there and I still feel, in a way, that I don’t know the characters well enough. I can’t quite decide whether it was mean to be a family saga, ...more
Wow, this was one of the most confusing books ever, and not in a good way. I'm not really sure what it was about. A poor girl from a small village in India becomes the wife of a Malay millionaire in the beginning of the 20th century, then witnesses all the political & historical & cultural changes... except she doesn't.

All the characters speak in the same highfalutin style, and the wise woman Maya spouts prophecies about "media" and "globalization" (in the 1920s, mind). The main characte
The blurb on the cover of this one makes it sound like soft porn - all that love with complete abandon and experiencing sexual ecstasy... Actually, it's a really good read, if a little surface-level on some of the heavier issues - Parvathi's an endearing character and there's plenty of interesting back story extending from Ceylon in 1916, into Malaysia through the Japanese invasion and into the 80s. Some nice mystical touches too - just a bit of a shame the Japanese lover wasn't as well drawn as ...more
Having read Manicka's Rice Mother some years back, and being completely blown over that novel, I had rather great expectations for this novel. initially is seemed to have a parallel setting, young village girl from Sri Lanka sails across to Malaya due to an arranged marriage. The characters of Parvathi's husband, Maya and Kupu were well thought out and held attention. However i was v disspaointed the writer romanticised the whole scene of the occupation by the Japanese army and her affair with t ...more
Parvathi, a young girl in Ceylon is married off to a rich landlord in Malaya, by her unscrupulous father, by showing the marriage broker some other girl’s picture. This also fulfilled the prophesy when she was born. Parvathi’s husband is annoyed at the cheating, and asks her to get ready to go back to her village. For some reasons, her husband(Marimuthu) lets her stay on with him. She stays there, but not as a much loved wife, but more as a person who is just about tolerated to be allowed to sta ...more
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Antoaneta Mitrusheva
Тази книга за мен бе абсолютно разочарование след "Оризовата майка". Ако не знаеш кой е авторът, трудно можеш да повярваш, че двете книги са писани от един и същ човек. Не си губете времето.
Sarah Syahirah
I had read Rani Manicka's previous work;'The Rice Mother' and I had cherished every moment spent reading each sentence in the novel. The book had brought deep impact on me emotionally, particularly when reading about the horrific events that occurred during the Japanese Occupation. It is no wonder that 'The Rice Mother' won 2003 Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

Since then, I was looking forward to read her next works. Almost 3 years after reading 'The Rice Mother', I came across this book (though it
Célia Loureiro
Um retrato delicioso do Ceilão no início do séc. XX, e que beleza de tradições... a cada vez que pego no livro sinto-me invadida pelas fragrâncias do oriente. É daqueles livros que cria um ambiente acolhedor, colorido, perfumado, misterioso, para o qual queremos voltar a refugiar-nos a cada minutinho livre. Agora que o terminei, lamento o facto de a personagem principal, Parvathi, ser uma vitima voluntária. Estava constantemente a ser enganada e traída pela família, e aceitava-o com tal condesce ...more
Maria João
7,5 de 10*

Parvathi vê o seu futuro ser definido no dia em que nasce, por um sacerdote que declara que a espera um casamento de riqueza. A partir desse momento, o seu pai ganancioso protege-a de tudo e de todos para lhe arranjar o marido rico, que acaba por aparecer vinda da Malaia. Apenas descobre que foi enganado por uma fotografia falsificada depois do casamento.

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This book did not turn out to be what I expected at all. The title does a disservice to the book. I very much enjoyed this family saga detailing the life of Parvitha, a young girl married under false pretenses to a man many years her senior. The story became complex with a touch of mysticism throughout that leaves the reader yearning for more. A very deep, heartfelt story that I enjoyed immensely.
Nicia Misha
Finally. A book that has been sitting on my bookshelf has been opened and read after two years.

I kinda knew that I wouldn't enjoy the book but I still gave it a try.

The plot was inconsistent and scattered and I felt like it had no direction. Too much information was given out and wasn't necessarily needed. We spent a couple of hundred pages before the actual romance happened. Coming from the title, I have expected that the involvement of the Japanese general would have happened sooner in the s
Arisyah Anuar
Some people might find this disturbing. But I love the fact that the book brought you back to the time where Malaysia's under the occupation of not only the Japanese but also British and Chinese. The struggles, the hardship of a woman to survive through that period of time amazes me.
A misleading cover (there are no Japanese women - she is not a lover) and you have to struggled through 200 pages (2/3 of the book) to realise it's a Japanese soldier and then he's gone in 50 pages.

What a con job!
I really loved this book. I've read some of her other stuff and it's different, yet similar to her other books. The blurb was very misleading - didn't accurately describe the book at all. And what an awful title!
Honestly, I'm not entirely sure how to write a review of this book. I'm a great fan of stories with World War II setting and when I heard of this book from a speaker of a talk that i attended, I immediately went over to bookstore to grab it. Perhaps it's due to the high expectation that I was a little disappointed with the development of the story. Personally, I feel that this book could be better if the writer did not forcefully include too many things into the plot. Perhaps she has spent too m ...more
Doron Yam
One of the things that are great in novels is that they are taking you to places and times you dont know or not aware of. I had no idea about the times in Malazia under the british occupation, under the japanese occupation and under the chinese occupation. The novel is not about the history of Malasia but it runs through its history well through the hero's eyes and life story. It is a story about love and the need to love in rough times and in good times. It is a story about life and death and t ...more
This would have been a four star book for me, except for the last 50 or so pages. The story is finished, but Manicka carries on- even introduces a new character- and the book becomes more of a dynasty story. I thought it was at its best when concentrating on Parvathi's life, and its connections with the mysterious Kupu and the wise and gifted servant Maya. The recurring symbols of cobra and peacocks,along with the blending of Indian, Malay and Japanese culture disappear in the pragmatics of tyin ...more
"Секој крај е само нов почеток."
Книгава земав да ја читам по препорака и морам да признаам дека покрај скептицизмот од моја страна наидов на прекрасно дело кое не го испуштив од рака додека не ја завршив и последната страна.

"Мораш да го слушнеш во срцето, или засекогаш да се оддалечиш од него. На овој свет на пропаѓања, ништо не може да трае. Дури и камењата се дробат во прав. Се се менува. Вештината е во тоа сосема да му се препуштиш на мигот,да го живееш, а кога ќе помине, воопшто да не жалиш
Good read, interesting read about different perspective and experiences for the time period in which it was written
Liz Neale
Started out as a very interesting book but soon went downhill. Half way through the book I
struggled to finish it.
I was whisked away...thoroughly absorbing, beautifully told story.

This is an easy read and a promising storyline in the beginning. The characters of Parvathi's husband, Kasu Marimuthu, her friend Maya and Kupu were well thought out and held attention. However, in the last few chapters of the book, after the death of Kasu, the original plot and storyline is lost. It seems like the author tries to bundle everything in the last pages or, this could be a start of another book, as soon as the focus turned to the grown up adopted daughter and evil son.
It started out ok but through the end, it seems to me that it has losing out its focus.. The book starts beautifully of its magical views of gods, love and affections.. But in the last few chapters i got bored with its cramped plots, short historical and political views.. It seems like the author tries to bundle everything in this book...

Having to read the beautiful The Rice Mother, i expected the same from this book.. But maybe my expectation was just too high..
I picked up this book thinking it would be just a forbidden love story but it turned out to be so much more. The characters were so intense especially Maya. Her character's words and thoughts on love and religion were so touching and thought provoking. This is the first book I have read written by this author and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work. Her style of writing is enchanting and almost poetic.
Michaela Bucher
This book was a waste of both my time and my money.I don't even know how I could read it till the end but I sure don't recommend it to someone else who is interested in actually reading a book worthwhile.I have nothig against the book since I'm actually a fan of anything that connected to a japanase history or anything but this book was very hard to understand and its story was not what I expected.
Gaya penuturan dan pemaparan dua budaya yang berbeda dan situasi perang sangat mendetil dan menyentuh. Tokoh utamanya terbelit cinta terlarang dan begitu mengabdi pada kepercayaannya, sekaligus menemukan cintanya pada orang yang seharusnya menjadi musuh bangsanya. Dua jempol untuk buku ini, ga bakalan naruh buku sebelum selesai baca :)
Dawn Lee
Honestly, even though the book was a pretty good read, the title is misleading. We don't get much out of the Japanese lover. It's practically only a small part to show she was in love in the Japanese general, then, basically how she lived after that. Nothing much about her love and affection towards him.
I finished the book in a day as I wanted to understand the story better but i wasn't sure what was going on. I think she concentrated too much on the romantic part and sort of left off the story of her and her children coping with the trials and tribulations that were set on her.
A unique blend of religion, beliefs, love, rebellion, loyalty. It was a captivating read. Enjoyed every word. My first Rani Manicka book; and now I am hooked on for more..
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Rani Manicka, an economics graduate, was born and educated in Malaysia and divides her time between Malaysia and England. Her first novel 'The Rice Mother'Infused with her own Sri Lankan family history is a vivid imaginative story about the frailties of human nature and the consequences of war. It won a Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2003.

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