Skilful dramatization of an unusual life situation of an anguished women by Sahitya Akademi Award winner.
The intense story of a sensitive young wife torn between the desire to abandon the boredom and hypocrisy of her middle class and ostensibly comfortable existence, and the realization that he bonds that bind her to it cannot easily be broken.
Skilful dramatization, the narrative is precariously perched between myth and social reality.. For the talent itself, as the novel evidences, is exceptional in its innate sensibility and awareness of he craft of fiction. - The Times of India
A disturbing but rewarding experience - something which makes us sit up and ask: What is this thing we call life? What is it all about? - Sunday Standard
Reveals flashes of a rare poetic quality that helps lift the narrative far above its drab subjects. - Economic Times
Presents the story with insight, clarity and in a flawless style. - The Mail
Greater maturity, greater mellowness, a more harmonious lilt. - Indian Book Chronicle
About the Author
Anita Desai was born in 1937. Her published works include adult novels, children's books and short stories. Clear Light of Day (1980), in Custody (1984) and Fasting, Feasting (1999) were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and The Village by the Sea won the Guardian Award for children's fiction in 1982. Anita Desai is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in London, of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York and of Girton College at the University of Cambridge. She teaches in the Writing Program at M I T and divides her time between India, Boston, Massachusetts and Cambridge, England. In Custody was recently filmed by merchant ivory Productions.