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Aru and Rohit get married and settle down into the life of a working couple in a big city. Aru, still coming to terms with her mother Sumi's death in a road accident and her father Gopal's desertion of the family prior to that, remains the force that binds the lives of her sisters and her aunts. But tragedy strikes the family again, in the form of a devastating act of ...more
(first published August 1st 2013)
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A beautiful book.. one that makes you wonder at the need for someone else as well as appreciate the intricacies of relationships. The almost worshipping kind of admiration a daughter feels for her father and the subsequent betrayal by his leaving that makes her pledge never to let anyone close again.. the struggle that her loving husband faces in trying to draw her close, his patience & hope to make her feel just as strongly as he does.. the father's struggle for redemption & to achieve, ...more
As always, Deshpande's characters are well-sketched, complex and arouse compassion and understanding in the reader. The plot is also richly layered and unfolds nicely generating curiosity and interest. The only thing I found somewhat distracting and a bit unlike the author - based on some of her other works I have read over the years - is that in this novel she sort of gets into a bit of lecturing mode, bringing a bit too much (for my taste, at least) of the commentary and opinion on ...more
It started well with creating a web of characters whom we can identify in our day to day life. Somewhere missed the plot and looked like a diary of events. Towards the end author tried to bring all together but it was a rushed affair. Felt that author was a little shy of showing grey side of the characters in the story. Overall a good read.
I'm always amazed at the ability of writers to weave complex tales into simple narratives. Shashi Deshpande has done a brilliant job of that in Shadow Play. In lucid yet exquisite prose, she has highlighted the tangled web of human relationships and needs. And the grave threats shaking the foundations of our so-called society every now and then. A truly splendid book.
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 ...moreMore about Shashi Deshpande...