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The Dark Holds No Terrors by Shashi Deshpande
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Dec 07, 2010

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bookshelves: india, marital-relationships, family-relationships, women

This is a novel discussing women's issues through a cultural backdrop of India. It is written by a prize winning Indian author who has written in several genres. She is a resident of Bangelore, however I believe the novel was written in English. No translator's name is obvious. The main character is a woman with issues in her marriage and going back to her childhood home after her mother has died, and after being estranged from the family for years. She is very deeply unhappy and is looking for some direction through this move. Her own biographical data through character description as well as those of her mother (from whom she was primarily estranged and others having a definite impact on her life. More questions are asked than answered, and dialogue as well as description was used to support the unfolding story. Fate is referred to as something the older generations were able to accept and go on with when times seemed impossible. And this theme seemed to be prevalent. Some bonds are just too costly to be broken, so one adapts, on how is determined by the perameters accepted. There is an undertone of acceptance, sometimes reluctantly, and repeating, sometimes gaining a maturity in this happening. Particularly interesting and quite meaningful are the very few conversations between daughter and father talking about things that are just never talked about, at least there and at that time! If the general content is of interest to the reader, I would recommended this book.

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Reading Progress

04/15/2011 page 65
27.0% "Indian author, setting and characters in India with a cultural backdrop. Brahmin, educated female, doctor, long estranged from her family returning home for a visit after her mother's death. Future plans uncertain, she is not in the best of marriage situations. So far moving slow."
04/18/2011 page 147
61.0% "Into review of the life of the main character as well as those close to her in the various periods of her life, including her mother who initially decided on the estrangement and stuck to it. Now it looks like the question has changed to the what's what for the peace from what awful has happened if reconciliation is not a viable option?"

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