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The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka
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really liked it
bookshelves: asia, feminism-feminist-undertones

I'm impressed with this book regarding the amount of characters that we meet and the fact that it is surprisingly well organized. There is a decent cohesion in the book and the secrets of the story are revealed subtly and through different characters.

This is a multi-generational saga told in first person. Focusing mainly on women, starting with Lakshmi who, at age fourteen, is duped into marrying a man more than twice her age. The mother from the first generation and the first narrator.

There is much sadness in this book, but I wouldn't call it a sad book. It reflects the realities of happiness and tragedy within a family. This book is certainly an experience.

, the first daughter: "Mohini was hiding behind the curtains. Like a cat. Beautiful, soft, and perfectly white with large green eyes." I have seen perfectly white gardenias and dahlias,

It's only after reading this I realized that many of us Sri Lankans have Malaysian names or vice versa.

In the novel, Mohini is the first daughter of Lakshmi. She is so beautiful and that leads to a tragic end. Usually this is a funny name to give to your daughter in Sri Lanka.

Mohini is a well-feared female evil spirit usually accosted lone males at nighttime of course and would beg them to look after the child for a while. If the man agreed it was usually the end, and would suffer for the rest of your life with various mental and physical illnesses; that is, if you did not die then and there of fright. So seeing a pretty woman with long curly hair carrying a child at night time near the cemetery was a joke for guys and a game of "chicken". :)

Names and cultures: a funny story.

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Reading Progress

April 2, 2013 – Started Reading
April 2, 2013 – Shelved
April 13, 2013 – Finished Reading
June 11, 2018 – Shelved as: asia
June 30, 2019 – Shelved as: feminism-feminist-undertones

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