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Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
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Jan 02, 2011

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bookshelves: of-another-time-place, bittersweetness

3 stars because it's an interpretation of a highly plausible reality for a woman of such time and place. Which makes it more valuable, to me, then some Cinderella type story. Beautiful in a way that leaves you a bit depressed, all too real and the human suffering factor unrelenting, it felt frustrating, the want to reach in the pages and change events.

I wanted to like this book, maybe too much. In the end I just felt obligated to finish it. If someone described the story to me I would have been more intrigued then how I felt reading through the lines.

Reminded me of Pearl Buck's "The Good Earth", the movie 'Water' directed by Deepa Mehtaand a little of "Zen Zele" by J. Nozipo Maraire, although the latter was a bit more uplifting.


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