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A Handful of Rice
by Kamala Markandaya      (Author ALERT)



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ProductID: 3914 - Paperback - 237 Pages (Year: 2007)
Vision/Orient paperbacks ~ ISBN: 97881222013501


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An extremely fascinating work of art which is compulsively readable and gratifying in a most complete way.

The novel depicts the hard struggle of life in a ;modern city and its demoralization. Ravi , son of a peasant, joins in the general exodus to the city, and, floating through the indifferent streets, lands into the underworld of petty criminals. He falls in love with pretty Nalini, and marries her against all odds. She tries to change his way of life but fate conspires against him . . And the story moves to a memorable and a haunting climax.

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From among the handful of Indo-Anglian women novelists, Kamala Markandaya stands out as one of the3 finest and most impassionate writers of fiction. Her greatest asset is her language - virile, vibrant and vigorous - with the right choice and turn of words and expressions. A Handful of Rice certainly makes an absorbing and enjoyable reading. - Sunday Standard

The picture of a joint family with its many psychological stresses and strains is deftly drawn, and so is the picture of the shady underworld. The novel is, in a sense, a saga of the triumph of human spirit over poverty's privations and predicaments. - The Indian PEN

An overwhelmingly real book. It is about those parts of us, as human beings, which are permanent and universal - love, hunger, lust, passion, ambition, sacrifice, death. She is the best writer now writing who generally uses an Indian background. - John Masters


 


 About the Author

Kamala Markandaya was born and brought up in South India. She attended various schools there and later went on to Madras University. She has worked as a journalist and writer in both England and India. Her first novel, the classic, Nectar in a Sieve, was published in 1954 and has been translated into fifteen languages.


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Rating: (1 out of 5) pathetic
Reviewer: kamini sharma from shimla ,himachal pradesh , india
worthless novel ever read. lacks the integrity of words. language used is far away from decency. ambiguous end of the novel.

Rating: (5 out of 5)
Reviewer: Nelson from Yukon, Oklahoma, USA
This book is a classic example of characterizing all the essential traits of people today, with all the emotions that affect people. She creates a character with whom so many people can identify with.


 

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