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'It's a wonderful panoramic story and conveys such vivid pictures of the countries it portrays I was immediately transported and completely captivated. A terrific writer.' Barbara Erskine

A vast canvas of memorable characters across a kaleidoscope of cultures… her epic story feels like an authentic reflection of a world full of sadness, joy and surprise.' The Observer

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Kindle Edition, 544 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Bookouture (first published January 1st 2000)
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Aurora Shele It does get better. The book is long and at first we don't know what exactly is happening, but when you get to the last pages everything makes so much…moreIt does get better. The book is long and at first we don't know what exactly is happening, but when you get to the last pages everything makes so much sense it's almost unbelieavable. It's not a children's book even though I wouldn't have minded reading this as a child and I think I would have loved it just as much.(less)

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Renita D'Silva
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are books that you fall in love with, books you enjoy so much that you do not want them to end. Books that capture your imagination and do not let go long after the last page, so that, even though you are an avid reader, you do not want to open another book because no other will match the beauty, the magnificence of the one you've just finished. Books whose characters you do not want to part with, just yet. Sharon Maas’s 'Of Marriageable Age' is one such book. Spanning three continents and ...more
Tania
I really enjoyed most of this book, specifically the fact that it had three different narrators living in different places and times. I loved the vivid descriptions of India, and it felt like I was experiencing it first hand, especially in Nat and Sav's stories. Unfortunately I thought the ending included too much drama, and too many twists.

The Story: Of Marriageable Age is the story of three different characters: Savitri, a servant girl growing up in British-ruled India; Nataraj, the son of a
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Jae
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What a wonderful book! By the time I'd reached the last few pages I was reading so slowly because I didn't want it to end. It's a beautiful, evocative book that interweaves the stories of different lives over time and continents, with such memorable characters, it's hard to believe that this is a debut novel. One for my favourites list, and I'm definitely planning to read more by this author.
Marianne
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of Marriageable Age is the first novel by Sharon Maas and tells the stories of Nat, Saroj and Savitri. The stories are set in British Guiana and England and India, in time periods ranging from the 1920s to the 1960s, and the lives of these three characters are inextricably linked, but the mystery of exactly how only becomes clear as the stories progress. Maas uses this enchanting love story to explore subjects like Indians living abroad, arranged marriages, prejudice, cultural boundaries, war an ...more
Booknblues
When speaking of the book Of Marriageable Age by Sharon Maas it is difficult not to use such words as tapestry, intricate and woven. Each thread of the story seems to be woven in such a way as to create an intricate tapestry which presents a delicate picture of the lives of the characters in this book. It is true that author Sharon Maas believes that there exists a grand scheme to our lives and that if we are sensitive to, in her words "the magnetism" we will indeed benefit. This belief is aptly ...more
Lauren
May 14, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite. It's amazing. I bought it abroad and haven't seen it in the states, so it's not too popular yet but absolutely worth getting from Amazon. A great read!
Lakshu
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read in a while and I was more than satisfied to begin with this particular novel. "Of Marriageable Age" spins a story about three people - Savitri, Saroj and Nat - who are connected very intricately. It is about their journey from young and innocent children to the adults that they mature into.

I realise that from the storyline, it may appear to be quite dull and not so original - undoubtedly, this is not the case. From the first page to the last, Sharon Maas had me
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Carinya Kappler
Dec 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This first novel of author Sharon Maas is an extremely moving account of lives moulded, redirected and destroyed by prejudice, cultural boundaries, war and poverty. I found the over-riding theme to be one of forgiveness, tolerance and a belief that it is never too late for change.
Her characters in this novel span 2 generations and a multitude of religions, beliefs and customs set in South America, Singapore and England. I found the author’s sympathetic approach to the predicament of each charact
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Margot
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me crazy. I loved loved loved the first 400 pages. Interesting characters, compelling story. then for some unknown reason, Maas shifts the book into a complicated, yet totally predictable, over written soap opera. I could not wait wait to be done with it. My favorite stories of all are Indian sagas and this one left me so frustrated. It was so well researched-- it could have been so wonderful!!!! 2.5
Pam
Sep 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
TITLE/AUTHOR: OF MARRIAGEABLE AGE by Sharon Maas
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Fiction, 1999, 528 pgs
CHARACTERS: Savitri, Saroj, Nat
TIME/PLACE: 1950-1970's, India, British Guyana, London/UK
COMMENTS: Chapters through each voice alternate -- a bit
tedious in the beginning to have so many starts & stops.
It isn't until almost 300 pgs where the characters all
are linked and then the story flies. Arranged marriages
in the Indian culture both in India & abroad.
Shree
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note : This Review has been published in my blog Book and Ink

A story set in Madras, Guyana and London in the British era – enticing for a reader like me. The publishers decided to surprise me this time by sending across this book without a mail and I’m extremely glad they did. It’s a beautiful book which I would have purchased as soon as it was published had I known about it earlier. This book is one of the most soulful books that I have read in recent times. With eloquent writing, this book tu
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Rama Ramaswamy
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharon Maas's debut book is a saga... a lengthy novel, written beautifully interweaving 3 seemingly unattached stories into one by the end. And for once, there was no telling till almost the end what it is that connected them all together. For this, I credit the author; though she has waxed eloquent prose in the book wherever she could, I didn't really find myself flipping pages to get away to the next event in the narrative. This is also the first book that I've come across that is set in Guyan ...more
penelopewanders
Here as a ring.
At first I was a bit irritated by the flipping back and forth chronologically and might have to take some time to ponder over why Maas chose the order she did... This being said, after a while I knew who the various characters were and was happy to plunge back into their separate narratives, guessing soon enough that they would somehow merge. Saroj's intransigency was grating, but in some ways also authentic, I think, and not all that unusual - just not so pleasant. Very good read
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Beth
Jan 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book so far except that there is too much idealization of characters. All the Indian girls are supple and liquid-eyed and mysterious. I kind of like the way the stories are told separately yet clearly are intertwined--some characters are obviously in other people's stories, a lot older. I always get drawn into stories about India having lived there. Partly it's all the frangipani trees and hibiscus and references to food I love :)
Jean
Mar 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book...

I was lucky enough to have chosen to read this book while I was traveling in India for a family wedding. The colors and images of this book came alive for me. I did NOT want to have this book end.

I don't think this book was "perfectly" written, but it was easy to overlook the grammatical errors and sentence structure concerns as I became lost in this "epic" story.

I highly recommend.
Peter
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Enjoyed very much this novel detailing a different culture and real people. The author was born in Belize has lived in London and India. Definitely not told from the white man's point of view. I think many people can enjoy this book. romantic in places, surprising and good character development. Coul do with a bit more editing. I give it it 5 stars but relly it should be 41/2 because it does need a bit of concision in places.
Ebony Taylor
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: need-to-purchase
I loved the way Maas weaved the stories together, leaving hints and clues along the way for the reader to pick up and wonder if there is a connection. Beautifully written, I could almost smell India and Guyana and London, I grew to know and love every single character, there was not one moment when a characters actions surprised me. Flawless, seamless, moving.
Emma Britton
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Great, different read. Really enjoyed it
Sonia Thomas
It's a fascinating book..was hooked on to it till the end...
Nathalie Okeefe
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful story, one of my favorite book of all time !
Debra
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The one book I refer to as carrying around like a teddy bear after reading over several times.
Ross Dias
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Riveting tale that keeps you hoping for a happy ending, and a happy ending it provides! A must-read for everyone.
Shapamjit Bariar
Dec 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started off rather draggy but it slowly unfolded as d characters came to life. Just when i thought that the mystery and grief was over there was yet another mystery awaiting.
Natalia
Not sure I really liked the ending but it's a great Guyanese saga.
Rykae
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story, with of course a wonderful ending! It only took one week to get through all 525 pages!
Melanie Page
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of Marriageable Age is a saga (546 pages) by Guyanese author Sharon Maas. The book was originally published by Harper Collins in 2000, but Maas has re-released it through Bookoutre. The description of this book alone intimidated me, and sagas are not my usual read. Of Marriageable Age follows three narratives (Savitri’s, Nataraj’s, and Sarojini’s) that start in three different decades (1920s, 1940s, 1960s) on three continents (India, British Guyana, England). Even the names and locations intimid ...more
Brian
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting story. I liked the writing style and description of settings. The love story was beautiful and gave hope. I didn't find it 'spellbinding' as the marketing insisted it would be, but enjoyable to read. If we believe the publishing companies, every book is a work of literary art, spellbinding and the reader will never be able to put it down. This book didn't cause me insomnia, but I looked forward to picking up where I left off.
Debby "Piene Raven"
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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What a wonderful and interesting book. Of Marriageable Age is the story of three different characters: Savitri, a servant girl growing up in British-ruled India; Nataraj, the son of a small-town doctor in South India; Saroj, a headstrong girl growing up in Guyana. Each story is set in their own respective locations which are British Guiana, England and India. The times spans from 1920 through 1960. Maas explores living abroad, arranged marriages, prejudice, cultural boundaries, war and poverty. ...more
Harriet
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was so beautiful, with some of the most beautiful descriptions I’ve ever read. To be re-read!
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Sharon Maas was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1951, and spent many childhood hours either curled up behind a novel or writing her own adventure stories. Sometimes she had adventures of her own, and found fifteen minutes of Guyanese fame for salvaging an old horse-drawn coach from a funeral parlor, fixing it up, painting it bright blue, and tearing around Georgetown with all her teenage friends. Th
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“She might be without country, without nation, but inside her there was still a being that could exist and be free, that could simply say I am without adding a this, or a that, without saying I am Indian, Guyanese, English, or anything else in the world.” 104 likes
“As if some little spark in Trixie cognised some little spark in Saroj, and those two bright little sparks leaped in joy and bounced out at each other saying, Hi, here I am! Been missing you all my life. That's the way true friendships begin, those rare friendships as true as gold, that stand the knocks of time.” 3 likes
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