Arranged Marriage: Stories

Arranged Marriage: Stories

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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Arranged Marriage 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the novel Arrange Marriage the novelist Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni depicts the continuation and existence of women suffrage in the Indian culture. Arrange Marriage is a collection of stories about Indian women as heroines who live their lives in "half light and half darkness." They dream a life of their own; however, they struggle to bring down the barriors of old traditions, societal expectations, and family obligations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a first generation Indian-American this book enabled me to reconnect with my Indian heritage. The stories gave voice to the silent struggles between parents and children, husbands and wives, American and Indian cultures. Although some friends did not like the 'simple' language of the book, I felt that Banerjee's straightforward words served as a vehicle through which she was able to create deep, profound, and well-crafted stories.
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baba2 More than 1 year ago
As an English language teacher of newly arrived immigrants, "Arranged Marriage" resonated deeply. Although Banerjee focuses on South East Asians, many of her depictions aptly apply to 21st century immigrants across cultures and as well as to marital adjustment in general. It truly deserves a five star rating.
Two2dogs More than 1 year ago
I LOVED THIS BOOK I really enjoyed each of the stories, this author has a way of telling stories that keep you interested. I love reading and learning of different cultures. I highly recommend this book!
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karinaCA More than 1 year ago
interesting, compelling, realistic and well worth your time. even if you never meet an indian, you will relate to the stories filled with universal themes.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a truly incredible book! I just could not put it down! I was amazed at the fact that some parents actually arrange their children's marriages! I was wowed by the stories of these women that met their husbands just a few days before their wedding days! This book really opened my eyes and made me realize just how lucky I am.It was a truly wonderful book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding! I couldnt put it down. The Author has a way of putting you into the story, you can feel yourself experiencing the same thing. Definetly read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read the short story 'Clothing,' I was abhorred at the way Divakaruni potrayed India. The lead female character coming from Calcutta to the Bay Area, California says that she has no idea what a 'roller coaster' is and is fascinated by 7-11 like it was the Mecca of American culture. The author obviously plays with 'AMERIegocentrism' and exoticizes India to the 'n'th degree. The story was a little hard to swallow, because am I to believe that there are no convient stores and roller coasters in Calcutta? If I do, then India is portrayed as still being in the 19th century. SO my warning is: the story is fascinating and well-crafted but should not be seen as an insight to Indian-American cultural issues.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading Arranged Marriage (the first time) was like opening a door into my soul. Beautifully written - each tale brings a new perspective on life in the US for South Asians. The characters come alive through the richness of description woven throughout each story. Highly recommended!