Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Binding Vine” as Want to Read:
The Binding Vine
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Binding Vine

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  175 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
“There can be no vaulting over time,” thinks Urmila, the narrator of Shashi Deshpande’s profound and soul-stirring novel. “We have to walk every step of the way, however difficult or painful it is; we can avoid nothing.” After the death of her baby, Urmila finds her own path difficult to endure. But through her grief, she is drawn into the lives of two very different women ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by The Feminist Press at CUNY (first published 1993)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Binding Vine, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Binding Vine

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Sidharth Vardhan
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indian, woman-authors
what were use of my creation, if I were entirely contained here?

The quote from Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights appear at the begining of the book and is probably best describes the story.

The narrator Urmilla or Urmi is a sharp tongued woman with a very strong sense of justice. It shows mostly in form of her musings on gender injustice, because well that is where most of injustice is to be found. She has just lost an infant daughter. Although she has dealt with that well enough.

I make the c
Aug 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Anuradha Gupta
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Binding Vine by Shashi Deshpande is a hard hitting novel about the concepts that surround women. Set in a patriarchal world, it is a narration of the protagonist, Urmila and the women in her life, some of whom she happens to encounter by chance. They come from various strata of the society and bind themselves together with the narrator.

Showing the multi-faceted-ness of the central character, the story begins with a miserable Urmi, mourning the death of her beloved infant daughter Anu. Caught
Jun 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
The book underlining tales of females in India and their Status.
they are shown to be completely dominated and instructed by their counterparts-the patriarchy and are blamed for things which are actually plotted by the males.
A must read in order to get sensitized towards women.
A book concernning feminist issues though its writer vehemently opposes the tag of being called a FEMININST.(STRANGE)
A good Book overall.
This is the most moving book I've ever read which describes loss - breath-taking...
I can never get enough of Shashi Deshpande’s tantalizing writing no matter how dark, how depressing her stories are , I always feel at home when I read them. Her characters are real the circumstances she creates in the story are realistic.

Yes, this book too is, dark, gloomy but very realistic!

“Only one, a son…the word keeps hammering in my mind. How could I, oh God, how could I? That was betrayal, treachery, how could I deny my Anu?” says Urmila

Urmila the main protagonist is grieving over her
Wari Singh
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read very few Indian authors. To me she is the best amongst the few that I have read; standing right next to Tagore, the master storyteller. Shashi's writing style is so simple and natural. It speaks to you without any effort. She has managed to maintain a flow throughout the novel. She beautifully ties up all the subplots and has beautifully captured the issues faced by men and women under an oppressive patriarchal society.
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is my second book by Shashi Deshpande and loved this one too. She is a scintillating author - dark, reflective, female oriented. All her characters are strong, but with flaws. I love the way she depicts people in varying shades fo gray. No one is perfect (as in real life) and though some of the incidents are dramatized I feel keen sympathy and empathy towards most characters. This was a dark book dealing with the life of a woman after the death of her one year old daughter.
Jul 13, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: india, womens, novels
I really wanted to like this book. It had an interesting storyline, interesting characters and character relations. Alas. It left me a little cold.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It is one of my all time favourite books. Shashi Deshpande has a way to reach directly to your heart...
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
quite nice but depressing
Dewi Novirianti
Nov 20, 2007 rated it really liked it

Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
makes you hair stand at ends but you cant agree more with the book... Shashi deshpande is a good narrator..
Bushra Azmi
rated it did not like it
Oct 27, 2007
rated it it was amazing
Jun 14, 2013
Kanish Jindal
rated it it was amazing
Apr 19, 2015
Preema Priyambada
rated it it was ok
Sep 12, 2011
rated it really liked it
Feb 24, 2016
Sree Veliyath
rated it it was amazing
Aug 22, 2016
Emily Holt
rated it really liked it
Apr 15, 2009
rated it really liked it
Feb 26, 2012
rated it it was ok
Mar 29, 2014
Adele Jolliffe
rated it really liked it
Jan 01, 2013
rated it did not like it
Dec 14, 2015
rated it liked it
Sep 11, 2014
Elizabeth Jackson
rated it really liked it
Jan 03, 2016
Sindhu Eswaran
rated it it was ok
Jun 06, 2011
rated it really liked it
Jan 20, 2013
Reshma Elayath
rated it really liked it
Mar 08, 2016
Gargi Sharma
rated it really liked it
Mar 18, 2017
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • No Deadline for Love
  • The Guardian Angels
  • Sorting Out Sid
  • David's Story
  • The Invisibles: A Tale of the Eunuchs of India
  • Delirious Delhi : Inside India's Incredible Capital
  • Salt and Sawdust
  • Angry Little Girls
  • Inheritance
  • Extraordinary Renditions
  • Light Fell
  • The Beautiful and the Damned: A Portrait of the New India
  • Meeks
  • Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light
  • Chitra - A Play in One Act
  • Clear Light of Day
  • The Jump Artist
  • The Wrong Blood
Novelist and short story writer, Shashi Deshpande began her career with short stories and has by now authored nine short story collections, twelve novels and four books for children. Three of her novels have received awards, including the Sahitya Akademi award for `That Long Silence'. Some of her other novels are `The Dark Holds No Terrors', `A Matter of Time', `Small Remedies', `Moving On', `In T ...more
More about Shashi Deshpande

Fiction Deals

  • Mercy Among the Children
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Take Me with You
    $4.49 $1.99
  • The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty
    $7.49 $1.99
  • The Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Little Giant of Aberdeen County
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Her Sister's Shoes (Sweeney Sisters #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Rock Harbor Collection: Without a Trace, Beyond a Doubt, Into the Deep, Cry in the Night, and Silent Night (Rock Harbor #1-5)
    $5.99 $1.99
  • A Thousand Tomorrows (Cody Gunner, #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Shoeless Joe
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Death in Venice
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Blonde
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Ever After (Lost Love, #2)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Rescue
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Lords of Discipline
    $17.99 $1.99
  • The Sheltering Sky
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Gena/Finn
    $13.99 $1.99
  • A Charles Martin Collection: When Crickets Cry, Chasing Fireflies, and Wrapped in Rain
    $14.99 $3.99
  • Remember Tuesday Morning (9/11, #3)
    $8.99 $1.99
  • The Scavenger's Daughters (Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Under the Udala Trees
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Streets Have No King
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Passion
    $11.00 $1.99
  • The Language of Hoofbeats
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Not Perfect: A Novel
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Seekers (Kent Family Chronicles, #3)
    $17.99 $1.99
  • Don Quixote
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Essex Serpent
    $10.99 $1.99
  • The Storycatcher
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Domestic Violets
    $9.24 $1.99
  • The Devil Wears Prada
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Half a Heart
    $4.99 $2.49
  • The Keeper of Secrets: A Novel
    $9.24 $1.99
  • A Garden of Earthly Delights (Wonderland Quartet, #1)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Golden Notebook
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Life of Christ
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Good Mother
    $5.74 $1.99
  • The Palest Ink (Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters Prequel)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Go: A Coming of Age Novel
    $4.99 $1.99
  • As Close to Us as Breathing: A Novel
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Child in Time
    $8.99 $2.99
  • Lowcountry Stranger (Sweeney Sisters Series Book 2)
    $2.99 $0.99
  • The Man in 3B
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Save Me
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Better Nate Than Ever (Better Nate Than Ever #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Time Bomb
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Heat and Light: A Novel
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Reunion
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Stay Up With Me
    $5.99 $1.99
  • The Loser
    $10.99 $1.99
  • The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.
    $9.99 $3.99
  • The Map and the Territory
    $8.99 $2.99
  • You Know Me Well
    $7.09 $2.99
  • Father's Day
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Skeletons at the Feast
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Even Now (Lost Love, #1)
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Sackett's Land: The Sacketts (Sacketts, #1)
    $5.99 $2.99
  • This Bright Beauty
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Intervention (An Intervention Novel)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Star Sand
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Secrets of Nanreath Hall
    $11.74 $1.99
  • The Sugar Queen
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Birth House
    $9.49 $1.99
  • Open City
    $12.99 $1.99
  • Out of Sorts
    $5.99 $0.99
  • The Hearts of Men: A Novel
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Revolutionary Road
    $13.99 $1.99
  • The Blessings
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Choke
    $14.99 $2.99
  • Bachelor Girl
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Wednesday Sisters
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Allie and Bea
    $4.99 $1.99
  • After the War Is Over: A Novel
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1)
    $12.99 $2.99
  • The Woods Are Dark
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Magician's Assistant
    $9.99 $2.99
  • What Belongs to You
    $9.99 $3.99
  • The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The History of Bees: A Novel
    $13.99 $1.99
  • The Love Goddess' Cooking School
    $10.99 $2.99
  • All the Summer Girls
    $8.74 $1.99
  • The Girl From the Train
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Bitter Winds (Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters, #3)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Fear of Flying
    $19.99 $1.99
  • A Virtuous Woman (Oprah's Book Club)
    $15.95 $1.99