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Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth
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May 18, 10

bookshelves: historical-fiction, rll-595
Read from May 11 to 17, 2010

I think this book is excellent both for enjoyment and for educational purposes. It is a great combination of historical, realistic, and multi-cultural fiction.

It is the story of a young widow, Leela, who is ‘keeping corner’ or mourning her late husband by not stepping foot outside of her house for one year. Told through Leela’s eyes, the book presents the peaceful protests (satyagraha) of Gandhi against both colonization and the caste system. As teachings of Gandhi trickle through the town and into the newspapers Leela reads, she begins to question the traditions she has become trapped in. With the help of her city-dwelling, educated brother, Leela studies hard with a private tutor and works to convince her parents to let her leave their village to study in the city. She refuses to accept that her life must be that of a shunned widow and strives to become an educated woman, under the new ideas of Gandhi.
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message 1: by Al_norahughes (new)

Al_norahughes amazingly there is no overlap in our books- not one single book. hmmm.


Tara sarcastic? can't tell.


message 3: by Al_norahughes (new)

Al_norahughes no- just thought it was cool. sort of like when kids fail tests and get them all wrong- not easy to do.


Tara hah, that phenominon always amazes me.


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