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Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
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While this is a very ambitious book, tackling the British rule of India, Gandhiji's efforts to a non-violent revolution, the role of women in India during World War II, a young girl's sense of guilt over her father's life altering injury and her ambition which flies in the face of tradition and some family expectations. But the author pulls it off well, the heroine's voice is clear and genuine and at least this reader identified with her and cared about her. While some of the secondary characters seemed very flat and stereotypical (you can read this as a Cinderella story, the wicked stepmother is really the wicked sister-in-law, the handsome prince is a potential college student whose plans include MIT)the issues are genuine and this will have broad appeal I think.
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June 7, 2008 – Shelved
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