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Fasting, Feasting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2006

    Fasting, Feasting

    This was a really boring book. Didn't go into the details of anything, gave only an overview of each person's life. It starts with Uma's life and ends with Arun. It kind of makes the reader think, what's going on.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2006

    Fasting, Feasting

    If you want a mindless read, then this is the book for you. The reason why I can it 3 stars is that, while it's not a bad book to read, it leaves everything unresolved. You adventure into Uma's life, only to later go into Arun's life. While you feel the unfairness in Uma's life, nothing is resolved. You never learn what happens to her, or you never learn what happens to Arun. To me, it was a mediocre book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2002

    A Window to Culture

    Literature often seeks to define the human condition. Anita Desai boldly epitomizes this phrase in her work depicting the effects of tradition on individuals in two totally different cultures. Her stark contrast between two worlds in Fasting, Feasting, invokes a much needed realization of various flaws in society. From the traditional home in a small village in India to the typical American home in Massachusetts, Desai flawlessly paints a picture of difference between an under-privileged Indian girl and her much-loved brother, laden with countless privileges. Uma, timid and considered only capable of household chores is forced to give up her dream of obtaining a much valued education while Arun, burdened with family expectations is sent away for a better education -- an all too familiar story in many parts of India. However, Arun¿s shocking experience in the US is entertaining to readers due to the strong contrast from life in India. Desai¿s meticulous and fluent description of the American and Indian culture are painfully realistic but unfortunately provides a much too stereotypical point of view. Nonetheless, Desai makes the two extremes intriguing which hooks the reader to a disappointing end that fails to make a satisfying connection between the two differently oriented parts of the book but overall, Fasting, Feasting is a good read. On a lighter note, this book is highly recommended as a remedy for those suffering from culture shock since it creates a medium for tolerance¿

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