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The Monsoon Bride

2.81 of 5 stars 2.81  ·  rating details  ·  31 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Burma, 1930.

At their final marriage lesson, when the priest had talked on and on, Desmond bent his head to hers and whispered, ‘Our world is newer, faster and better—you will see.’ She took his hand in hers then and squeezed it. His skin had a peppery, meaty sweetness, a smell that seemed to stick to her dress, her hair and skin. She named it ‘the scent of men’. Beside her
Paperback, 1st, 256 pages
Published August 29th 2011 by The Text Publishing Company (first published 2011)
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It took me a while to get into this book. The style is self-consciously literary to the point of pretension and the languid feel that deliberately evokes the oppressive heat and stultifying societal pressures of the setting also slows the plot to a crawl. But once the relationship between the lovers began, the novel came to life for me. The writer perceptively captures the complexity of the adulterous relationship and, most importantly situates it in an even more complex social and political con ...more
Angela Long
Set in Rangoon, Burma in the lead up to the 1930 riots. The book promises all the mystery and steaminess that is Burma and there are moments when you feel exactly what the author was intending. Like the novel's setting, the language also promised so much, being both poetic and lush. Unfortuntely for so much promise the novel simply didn't deliver. The story jumped around in places and yet was drawn out in others. The plot line seemed to change in the middle of the book and the Rangoon riots, alt ...more
I did enjoy this book, it was well written in terms of the story, but I did find it very difficult in the end to like any of the characters. Life is not straight forward, yes, but the way these characters treat each other is very cruel. And there is no real ending either. It was very up in the air & I'm left feeling disappointed.
Interesting book just because it is not straight forward. The female character is quite convincing, even if she is not doing 'the right thing'. It is not an easy reading, but I kept thinking about it some time after finishing.
OK but got a bit frustrated with its pace and then I felt that the ending just wasn't enough.
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