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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2004

    Not for Everyone

    Don't waste your time on this book if you're ignorant and unaware of the Hidden Holocaust, the partition of India, which claimed a million lives, and about which little has been written. If you are aware of the history, however, you will fall in love with the simple but powerful and thought-provoking prose and the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction semi-autobiographical story line. The narrative is first-person told by a little Parsee girl but the canvas is humanity itself: how a partition conceived as a simple geographical device generates a fundamentalist political torrent and uncages the demons inside all of us. The novel is impossible to put down if you understand the background.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2000

    A Must-Read Cautionary Story of Real Life

    This is a well-written, gripping story of the effect of India's partitioning on the lives of ordinary people in a city along the new border. It reminds us of how mob psychology and fear can turn friends against one another and cause certain personalities to commit atrocities. Too bad humanity doesn't learn from such cautionary tales; just look at the Middle East, Bosnia, Africa, Russia, ... My brother-in-law survived the partitioning, and now I better understand what he's never told us. Ms Sidwal is an adept storyteller who can maintain the distinct personalities of all the characters from beginning to end. The plot is quite believable. This is a great book.

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