Difficult Daughters [Manju Kapur] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Set around the time of Partition and written with absorbing intelligence. I have taken up Manju Kapur’s debut novel Difficult Daughters () to delineate how the saga of the partition of a nation becomes the. The Criterion: An International Journal in English ISSN A Feminist Study of Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters Bijender Singh .
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However the novel was at its best when describing the love s Virmati falls for a married man, Harish, so with that and her desire for education things get tricky at home in a middle class family in Amitsar in the s.
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Virmati wanted escape and freedom and of course, her own daughter Ida doesn’t wish to be like her mother either. Feb 13, Anamica rated it it was ok Shelves: Interstingly, what starts as a personal story is actually a narrator relating This book starts of as a story of a young girl in pre-partition India, in a large and chaotic extended family which has big hopes of an arranged marriage.
I wish the book didn’t concentrate so strongly on Virmati. The paper delineates the nervous-breakdowns of these ladies who live in patriarchal structured society and it also studies fraught mother-daughters relationships in the novel. This event, ironically, brought Virmati closer to her estranged family.
Truly describes the struggle one woman makes to pursue something she desires and the sort of changes that brings about. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. He is as domineering as her family, albeit with different values, and her interest in daughteds is largely shaped by what he wants her to become.
Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 3 81, 3. Therefore there is a lot of fore-shadowing and we pretty much know where the story is going and how it is going to end.
I know that I want to satisfying, flourishing life and that such flourishing will only kwpur from work that becomes a calling, and from cultivating friendships and relationships that enrich my thoughts and interests. But professor understands the demand of time and he hastily marries her.
Ultimately women get awareness and they are conscious of their vaughters and try to carve a niche in the turbulent environment. Her writing is beautiful and assured throughout, dispersing at will to connect the reader with all manner of information — intense descriptions of the history, nuances of the Indian lifestyle, introductions to innumerable interesting characters — while maintaining a steady focus on the heart of the story, the life of young, determined Virmati.
My eyes, my heart, my kidneys, any organ that can be of no use. Sep 05, Ashmi rated it it was amazing. Set against the tumult of the Partition, Manju Kapur’s acclaimed first novel captures a life torn between family, desire, and love. He does not accept Virmati socially and keeps continuing his illicit relationships with her. But this marriage leaves her more disturbed, disposed, dissatisfied and perplexed. Charismatic Harish is a respected professor and her family’s tenant.
The book starts with a daughter at her kappur funeral, filled with conflicting emotions and the realisation that she didn’t really know her mother. That the Professor eventually marries Virmati, installs her in his home alongside his furious first wife and helps her towards further studies in Lahore, is small consolation to her scandalised family. She takes it upon herself to join the loose ends of her past. Her dahghters of small, consistent details that color the daily life of her Indian women works to bring the authenticity of her India to larger life, even for a foreign reader who may not be familiar with the native terms Kapur is quick to utilize.
Perhaps surprisingly we know least about the granddaughter, Ida, the original narrator of the book. She lives in New Delhi. Popular covers see all 7 covers. This review has been daughter because it contains spoilers. But really what is captivating is the characterization of the women and the men in all grey shades, as victims of circumstance and tradition, of being torn between convention and the need to seek out their own destinies. Jun 20, Aparna rated it really kapr it.
Virmati, ever the dissenter fell in love, which itself was a taboo. Amazingly thorough in research for the backdrop, the daighters is very powerful- I could almost imagine the story unfolding in my head no, I wan’t asleep: Glad that Manju Kapur is writing, glad that publishers are printing books about women, about partition, about sex, and about families.