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The Age of Shiva by Manil Suri
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Feb 27, 2008

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bookshelves: 2008, worldly, mother-india
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This book was great. Manil Suri is a male author but convincingly writes a book from a woman's perspective. *may contain spoilers* The first part of the book is about Meera who is constantly torn between worlds (her father and her in-laws, tradition and modernism, secularism and religion, wealth and poverty, etc) until the birth of her son. Her son, Ashvin totally consumes her blurring the divisions that used to tear her apart. He gives her purpose, with him she does not have to choose. Her character is believable, Suri does not try to make his protagonist perfect as she results to ruthless manipulation to keep her son close. There are even times when she puts her foot down only to take back her words, making situations worse.He is both her savior and her nemesis, yet again she does not escape the dual nature of her life, falling into the confusion that diminishes her will.

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Melisa What struck me most was exactly this--Suri's ability to write convincingly from a woman's perspective.

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