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Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
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Mar 20, 2011

really liked it

I enjoyed this book. Reading it for history class was interesting as we viewed it through the lens of imperialism, tradition versus change, and worldview and perspective. The story follows our hero, Rukmani from the when she is a young girl, married at a young age to a man of lower class because her parents have no money for a dowry. We see her life in times of plenty and hardship, happiness and despair. Her family shrinks and grows, her perspective changing too as she learns to live in a changing world. Well written in an honest narrative voice, this book is a beautiful portrait of a life, provoking reflection upon one's own existence. An easily accessible story, many readers will appreciate this book.

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Reading Progress

March 20, 2011 – Started Reading
March 20, 2011 – Shelved
March 20, 2011 –
page 8
4.3% "I have not read enough of this book to have any particular opinion about it but I have not read that much about Indian culture and am looking forward to that aspect of this story."
March 27, 2011 –
page 45
24.19% "I have enjoyed the beginning of this book. The writing style is honest and engaging"
April 3, 2011 – Finished Reading

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