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Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa
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Feb 09, 09

bookshelves: adult-content, banned-books
Read in January, 2009

as a fan of Deepa Mehta's films, i was quite excited to read this book. the first part of the book explores the quotidian of Lenny's life. four year's old at the book start, polio has left one of her feet non-banal. kept out of school, she has privileged access to viewing adults' lives, their loves and violence. the novel focuses on the creation of Pakistan, an event we hear little about in the US. the religious strife and "patriotism" that ensues paints a bloody picture of a tempestuous time. much more violent, sexual, complex, and intriguing than the film Earth, Lenny is one of the most unique characters ever created and an interesting conduit to tell the story.
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message 1: by Mary (new) - added it

Mary I just watched Earth and was very moved by it. I am new to attempting to understand this conflict so I was glad to stumble on this site and this book.


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