Clear Light of Day
Set in India's Old Delhi, CLEAR LIGHT OF DAY is Anita Desai's tender, warm, and compassionate novel about family scars, the ability to forgive and forget, and the trials and tribulations of familial love. At the novel's heart are the moving relationships between the members of the Das family, who have grown apart from each other. Bimla is a dissatisfied but ambitious teach...more
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In a way I found it kind of refreshing. Yes, it was about the Partition of India, but it was also about the partition of a family. It had a very Forest Gump feel to it. History happened, like the assassination of Gandhi, but it was me...more
The Clear Light of Day is about a family in India during and after Independence, but mostly about the two sisters, Bim and Tara, who react to their parents' (benign?) neglect in very different ways, and as a result are rather estranged when they meet again as adults.
The novel was structured in an interesting way, and I'm undecided on whether it worked for me. It begins with Tara coming home to visit Bim at their family...more
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As the novel begins, you’ll notice that the house of the Das family does not change except decays. Like Anita Desai’s other novels, the setting is Old Delhi. The interesting thing you’ll notice is she skillfully synthesizes the image of house with the lives of the Das family. The house is as...more
In questo romanzo si parla di due sorelle e due fratelli cresciuti amorevolmente dalla zia Mira dato che i genitori, pur vivendo nella stessa casa, sono troppo presi dai loro impegni mondani per poter prestare attenzione ai figli.
Bim, Raja, Tara e Baba sono diversi, ma accomunati fin da bambini dal bisogno di scappare dalla loro situazione familiare di indifferenza e bassezza. E così crescendo hanno preso strade diverse: Bim ha studiato storia e si è resa aut...more
"Set in India's Old Delhi, CLEAR LIGHT OF DAY is Anita Desai's tender, warm, and compassionate novel about family scars, the ability to forgive and forget, and the trials and tribulations of familial love. At the novel's heart are the moving relationships between the members of the Das family, who have grown apart from each other. Bimla is a dissatisfied but ambitious teacher at a women's college who lives in her childhood home, where she cares for her mentally challenged brother...more
Anita Desai is a beautiful writer, the sense of time and place in this novel is strong. The narrative takes the reader from the present, back to 1947 and the upheaval of partition. Yet this is merely a backdrop, the rendering apart of a family juxtaposed with that of a nation. The relationships between these family members are exquisitely examined, through daily preoccupations and long remembered squabbles.
The daily routines and preoccupations of her older sister Bim, are brought into sharp focu...more
Told primarily through the eyes of the oldest sister, Bimla, Anita Desai does a beautiful job describing the community, the changing expectations of men and women, and the difficulties we all face with our siblings.
If I had a complaint, it would be that Desai uses too many similes, and her sentences are too long. This seems trite, but it did...more