The Toss of A Lemon

The Toss of A Lemon

Book - 2008
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Sivakami, a child bride who is a widow with two young children at eighteen, dutifully follows the customs required of a Brahman, except she insists on a secular education for her son. While her choice ensures that Vairum fulfills his promise in a modernizing India, Sivakami must learn to deal with her son’s rejection of the caste identity that is her mainstay.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Random House Canada, 2008
ISBN: 9780307356321
0307356329
Branch Call Number: FIC Viswa 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 619 p

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indigo33
Sep 07, 2014

This novel is similar in tone to "War and Peace," but set in India and with bright splashes of metaphoric, magic realism. Although centered more around the women-world instead of the man-world, both male and female characters are excellent. Every character is presented just as they are, and it is left to the reader to judge them (or not.) Every detail rings true to the heart and mind.

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HilarySquires
Jun 28, 2013

What a great book! Before I started reading it, I read comments from others that the family names were sometimes difficult to keep straight. So I made my own family tree on paper as I read it. That way, I was able to see all the relationships clearly despite the challenging Indian names.

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azor
Dec 07, 2011

This went on and on. I loved parts of it, but it was more a history than a story.

mayfairlady Nov 02, 2010

family saga that would have been easier to keep track of if a family tree were provided

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