Although Chitra Divakaruni’s poetry has won praise and awards for many years, it is her “luminous, exquisitely crafted prose” (Ms.) that is quickly making her one. Written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, narrated by Judith West. Download and keep this book for Free with a 30 day Trial. Chitra Banerjee-Divakaruni in her book, Arranged Marriage, portrays this . feels honor bound to long-held traditional beliefs, yet tempted to break free in a new.
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Thanks for digakaruni us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Although Chitra Divakaruni’s poetry has won praise and awards for atranged years, it is her prose that is quickly making her one of the brightest rising stars in the changing face of American literature. Arranged Marriageher first collection of stories, spent five weeks on the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list and garnered critical acclaim that would have been extraord Although Chitra Divakaruni’s poetry has won praise and awards for many years, it is her prose that is quickly making her one of the brightest rising stars in the changing face of American literature.
Arranged Marriageher first collection of stories, spent five weeks on the San Francisco Chronicle bestseller list and garnered critical acclaim that would have been extraordinary for even a more established author. For the young girls and women brought to life in these stories, the possibility of change, of starting anew, is both as rree and filled with promise as the ocean that separates them from their homes in India.
From ny story of a young bride whose fairy-tale vision of California is shattered when her husband is murdered diva,aruni she must face the future on her own, to a proud middle-aged divorced woman determined to succeed in San Francisco, Divakaruni’s award-winning poetry fuses here with prose for the first time to create eleven devastating portraits of women on the verge of an unforgettable transformation.
Paperbackpages. Published May 1st by Anchor first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Arranged Marriageplease sign up. I read the first 3 chaptersQuitting already. Should I bother finishing the book? I hope I am not missing much. I read this book cover to cover on a sunny, warm Saturday afternoon. It’s one of the best reads I’ve marriag in arrsnged very long …more Absolutely.
I’m thirsty for more like it! See 1 question about Arranged Marriage…. Lists with This Book. Jul 31, ExistenGuy rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Another derivative piece of literature from another unoriginal South Asian female author.
Frankly, I wasn’t really surprised by the unoriginality of the writing and the stories. You can smell the plot from miles away. And then the stereotypes pour in: Caucasian male who “save” them from their cold and misogynist Indian husbands The repeat was intentional As I read these books, I sometimes wonder if these writers know each other and perhaps vowed at one point to churn out trite and predictable novels one after another?
I would skip “Arranged Marriage: Stories” entirely and focus on good South Asian writers Rohinton Mistry comes to mind.
View all 5 comments. Chitra Banerjee-Divakaruni in her book, Arranged Divakaeuni, portrays this entity within India or Indian Diaspora in a variety of manifestations that build and then destroy these stereotypes.
Arranged Marriage: Stories
Feee Indian marriages the stories in this bnerjee are tied on many levels. Throughout her book, Divakaruni weaves themes of family honor and woman in bad relationships. The collection starts with Bats; this story attempts to de-mystify the universal question of bznerjee women continue to live in bad marriages or situations. The question, however, is left hanging when the story ends with an image of the narrator and her mother running away once more, wounded and frantic, to escape her abusive father.
Bats helps the reader understand, early on, that the question this story grapples with has no simple answers. It also provides context for stories that follow, the reader understands the significance of a female protagonists fighting against cultural norms like Abha does in Affair.
Clothes fleshes out the theme that often the burden of family honor is placed on the females members of the family. The question of why Indian women continue to live in bad marriages is not completely answered by the end of the book.
However, the reader has reached an understanding that this question cannot be written in clear strokes of black and white. It is a question that has fuzzy handwriting and the color of ash.
Jul 12, Punit Soni rated it really liked it Shelves: There is not one Indian male character who is shown in a positive light in this book.
Well maybe one, but that’s pretty much it. However there is a reason for this and I must say it is rightly so. We regularly tend to assume that times have changed for women in India and we are making progress. However, for most of us, our idea of these changing times dwells from the narrow view of the upper middle class society that we live in. For most of the small town and rural women which is where most peo There is not one Indian male character who is shown in a positive light in this book.
For most of the small town and rural women which is where most people still live in Indiathe tyranny of a life bound by the constraints placed by the males around them is real and exists. Arranged Marriage poignantly highlights many of these situations and frustations that Indian women live through.
It talks about things which are so rampant, even the most enlightend, educated Indian would call them cliches. But cliches they are not. The truth is that there are overt and subtle forms of roles cast on women as soon as they are born, that is if they are allowed to be born at all.
Since the book is a collection of stories, it is definitely an easy read. There are a few stories which do not work but most tug at one’s heart.
There are many which I could connect with immensely as an immigrant who has been exposed to a different, maybe more liberated kind of environment, one in which premium is given to decision made on the basis of pure choice and not necessarily necessity. Chitra Divakaruni writes with passion. There is a pain in her stories which seem to be borne out of experience. The stories are based in the San Francisco Bay Area and this makes it even more closer to my heart.
The nooks and crannies of this place, the grocery stores, the parks, the apartment complexes are the stage for these episodes and I can visualize myself there, thinking similar thoughts.
In particular, there were a few stories which mirrored my life to the tee and hence, provided an outlet to my internal dilemmas. This is an easy read. I finished this in the half the flight time from Chicago to San Francisco leaving me wondering what to do with the rest of the time.
However it is worth reading for every ignorant Indian man living the blubber of his self-created chauvanism. There is a lot to be done and assuming progress is not helping. Finally it is a book for the immigrants. Because not only are we a much maligned people, but also most misunderstood.
The situations we place ourselves in and the choices we made in our lives places us in a unique situation where we are forced to contend with enormous complications. But inherent in these complications is an opportunity to grow and expand beyond mere stuckup cultural norms and live a confusing yet highly fulfilling life.
Jan 16, Brazil rated it it was amazing. A captivating and emotional book of, at times funny, at times sad, but always profound. Composed of short stories, where no two are alike but together give an incredible sense of harmony and leaves every reader with a deep impression. With all these short stories Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni wants especially Indian women to be strong and conscious of the values each and every one of them has and wants to evoke the possibility of change, of starting anew.
First Explanation of Rating: First of all, this book should be read by every Indian woman who has confronted or will confront the traditional obstacles in the life on an Indian woman. In this book they will find great encouragement not to give up and to hang in there. Some women will hopefully even be able to come out of this bad condition of life where stereotypes and boundaries still represent a huge barrier for the free development of their individuality.
Next, the book should be read by all other women of different backgrounds, communities, and ages, who have similar barriers in life. Finally, I recommend this book for all the other people who can relate to issues such issues as racism, interracial relationships, economic disparity, abortion, and divorce because although not you are not necessarily being hit by the problems an Indian woman faces her whole life, it is very important not to be completely oblivious of how hard a life of an oppressed woman can be.
In “The Bats,” a young girl struggles to understand both her abusive father and a mother who remains with him despite the pain he causes both of them.
She travels to the United States, and discovers a whole new way of life when her husband dies and she faces the decision of staying in America or going back to India to live with her in-laws. Another moving story in the book is “The Ultrasound,” in which a young woman in India is forced to have an abortion because an ultrasound indicates that her first-born child will be a daughter.
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Apr 02, Book Concierge rated it really liked it Shelves: In her debut collection of short stories, Divakaruni explores the ways in which women raised with traditional values try to balance the realities of a new existence in America.
I love short stories and there are some really great ones in this collection. The women in these stories struggle to find their place, sometime In her debut collection of short stories, Divakaruni explores the ways in which women raised with traditional values try to balance the realities of a new existence in America. The women in these stories struggle to find their place, sometimes suffering great loss while breaking free from the restraints of centuries of tradition.
They range from college students living with relatives, to young brides, to single professional women, to long-married middle-aged wives and mothers.
Arranged Marriage by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The women may be different from one another, and very different from me, but I was able to connect to each and every one of them. Jan 07, Sunil rated it really liked it Shelves: Chaucer appears nowhere in this short story collection, though. As the title implies, the stories revolve around arranged marriage, an issue I have been dealing with since puberty. The stories resonated with me deeply, not only because of their portrayal of Bnaerjee culture but also because they deal with the particular challenges of growin I had been wanting to read this book for ages, but when Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni engaged in conversation with Geoffrey Chaucer on Twitter, I knew It Was Time.
The stories resonated with me deeply, not only because of their portrayal of Indian culture but also because they deal with the particular challenges of growing up banrejee an Indian-American, trying to reconcile the traditions and norms of your culture with an environment that makes you marrriage them as wrong.