A Disobedient Girl
In one of the most impressive debuts of the year, Ru Freeman delivers an epic, searing novel about betrayal and salvation, the strength of the human spirit, and the boundlessness and limits of love.
Author and political journalist Ru Freeman ...more
When she's eleven years old, Thara sets her sights on young Ajith, a high-caste boy from a wealt ...more
Latha longs for the finer things in life and believes she was meant to have more in life than bathing at the well. She steals a bar of fine rose soap and sneaks off to bathe, using the soap belonging ...more
The story alternates between the lives of two Sri Lankan women, one being the young mother, Biso, and the other, Latha, a servant girl who wishes to be more than that.
Biso is running away with her three young children from an abusive husband. We learn that her youngest daughter is also a product of an affair that Biso had with a fellow vi ...more
"Earrings are not decorations. They are a statement of legitimacy, of dignity, of self-worth. Ask any woman, and she would ...more
What I liked best about this book was Latha's consistent attitude towar ...more
I loved Latha (servant girl), was irritated by Thara (Latha's friend and later her master), hated Mrs V ...more
The story is set against the political upheavals in Sri Lanka. The story follows the daily lives of middle class families as parallel tales which culminate in the last chapter. The reader is overwhelmed in the end, but still yearns for more. I wouldn't ...more
I really liked this one.
The main characters are well developed and believable. One immediately is taken up by two heroines whose stories are alternatively told throughout the book, and especially, Latha who is the disobedient girl of the title and whose life story is the center of the book.
I cannot say more than the publisher's blurb without giving away the story.
The ending is uplifting witho ...more
The book jacket says that this novel is about "betrayal and salvation, the strength of the human spirit, and the boundlessness and limits of love." Personally, I think that is pushing it a bit far. For me, this novel ...more
“Una ragazza disobbediente” di Ru (il cui nome intero è Ruvani Seneviratne) Freeman pubblicato da Piemme è, secondo le stesse parole dell’autrice, “una lettera d’a ...more
I have some issues with Beso's end — she has seemed such a competent and resourceful woman, thinking ahead, planning, and dealing with setbacks... and then she just breaks apart so ...more
this book is several things, but, in hindsight, portraying Latha as a girl who desired fine things, is I think, wrong and misleading.
1) men and women who have sex without a thought of the consequences, Latha and her three pregnancies and the fact that she herself was a child of an affair, this made me shake my head.
2) Biso as a narrative voice, very close to the end it became obvious that her voice was not to be trusted, her actions (the affair, dragging her kids across the country to a ...more
Latha is a servant girl growing up in/observing a fairly dysfunctional family and she wants a LOT more from her life. She makes a lot of poor life choices that I can't even begin to identify with and yet this was my favorite of the two stories. Even without relating to her particular choices and circumstances the author does a superb job of making her relatable in spirit.
Biso is a moth ...more
She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl (Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2009), and On Sal Mal Lane (Graywolf Press), a NYT Editor’s Choice Book. Both novels have been translated into multiple languages including Italian, French, Turkish, Dutch, and Chinese.
She is e ...more