The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das
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The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das

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Kamala Das (1934-2009) is one of India's most beloved and controversial literary figures. She was hailed and reviled as the first Indian woman to write an autobiographical cult classic about love and desire. Admirers dubbed her, "The First Feminist Emotional Revolutionary of Our Time." The tabloid press called her "The Love Queen of Malabar."
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 30th 2010 by McGill-Queen's University Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Barbara
I read this for an upcoming "meet the author" evening. Not something I would have picked up on my own but found it very interesting and well written. Looking forward to meeting Merrily, a Montreal writer and the book discussion.
Aban (Aby)
Merrily Weisbord, a Canadian writer, became fascinated with the life and personality of Kamala Das, a South Indian poet from Kerala, after reading her autobiography and some of her poetry. Weisbord writes: "I was intensely drawn to her as are millions of others, to her vulnerable longing to love,
. . . to her great, wild hunger (for life), . . . to see the poet whose sensual love poems stirred the heart of modern India." She developed a friendship (rather a one sided one in my opinion, with Merri...more
Sajda
The opening chapter made me excited and expectant of the type of literary cross-cultural understanding that is lovely, but rare. And in the beginning-til-the-middle, I thought that this was exactly where the book was going and so, settled in for an intellectually stimulating read.

But then Kamala converted to Islam.

And Weisbord's nuanced view towards differences in cultures changed. Whereas, previously, she was even tolerant towards the extremely misogynistic roots of certain cultural practices...more
Aparna
I wanted to read this book so I can know more about the elusive person called Kamala Das, because I Just could not get enough of her and because I really wanted to understand the story that was her life. I am not sure if the book brings you any closer to the truth or the person that is Kamala Das or simply keeps you hanging at bay, confounded and further mystified.

No offense to the author, she was covering a vast expanse of ocean called Kamala Das, who transcended all that can be quantified wit...more
Elizabeth Klinck
Ms Weisbord has based the book on her decade-long friendship with Kamala Das and in a chronological narration that travels through pain, desire, hope and despair, has documented a riveting decade in the life of one of the greatest poets of India.

Highly recommend this book. A most enjoyable read.
Ulyana
A great read into the personal, spiritual and creative life of Kamala Das but I seemed to lose interest towards the end. Otherwise I enjoyed it :)
Naseeha
THOSE WHO LOVE MADHAVIKUTTY AND WHO WANTS TO KNOW HER CLOSELY MUST READ THIS BOOK... AND OFCOURSE MERRILY DOES IT EXCEPTIONALLY WELL
Isserlin
Amazing woman. Sublime lyricism of her poetry.
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