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Desirable Daughters: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2011


    I descided to read this book for my summer reading for my sophmore worl literature class under the assumption that it would be interesting and relatable, considering I'm South Asian like the main character, Tara. This assumption proved wrong. Overall, the book was a bit of a bore, terribly underdeveloped, and confusing. The author tries to pt together too many ideas, conflicts, and plotlines together. First is the conflict of self discovery, etc, which in itself would have been enough. Then comes the story with Chris Dey, the possible illegitamate child of Tara's oldest sister which, again, in itself would have made for a good story. Then theres the conflict between American and Indian values, and so on. The weaving together of these plotlines was confusing and too complicated. Along with that, a lot of phrases and stereotypes used in the book were more exclusive to West Bengalis like Tara, which readers would not really understand unless they're from that part of the world.
    In a nutshell, I would not recommend this book unless you have a liking to complicated, feminism-based stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2005

    An interesting read!!

    This is about three Bengali sisters who grew up in Calcutta and eventually end up in three different corners of the globe leading three different lifestyles! One lives a comfortable life in a posh residential locality in Mumbai keeping herself busy with household chores. Another of the sisters ends up New Jersey among the elite class of migrant Indians. The third ends up in the West in California leading a more pedestrian life after getting a divorce from herbusiness tycoon husband. It's an interesting tale about how life puts us in different circumstances we hardly imagined ourselves in and how each one of us overcomes the challenges that life poses us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2004

    A mixture of traditional and modern cultural values

    This book served as a good representation of the culture that origiantes from the Indian sub-continent. The life story of Tara in America pointed out the differences between the two cultures(American and South Asian). This character lived in America but was still tied to her family, her culture, and its values. She was able to get through her struggles in life with the help and guidance of her family members. There was often a cultural clash that took place when it came to seeing things from an Indian point of view and an American point of view. Tara made fun of her people and their ways throughout the book but at the end, she turned back to her culture and its values.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2004

    One of the greatest works of literature

    Desirable Daughters was a great book based on cultural and moral values that origianted from the Indian sub-continent. A very touching and sensational story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2003

    Book Reader!

    Difficult book to get through. The author seemed to jump around the characters ideas and thoughts. I think with proper review the book could have and would have been great. But really difficult to follow and keep interested.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2003

    Still trying to connect the dots...

    Strong female character. First generation immigrant. Broke the traditional boundaries. Still allowed herself to get caught up in cultural cross over and hand-over-mouth family drama. The development of what happened, why it happened, and how it got resolved were all over the place. Hate to say, but there was a lot of this story that didn't flow, and I finished the book trying to figure out what happened in the chapter before that...and before that...

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