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Desirable Daughters: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2011

    uh...

    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 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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