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Crow Eaters
     

Crow Eaters

by Bapsi Sidhwa
 

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At the dawn of the 20th century in Pakistan, Freddy Junglewalla moves his family — pregnant wife, baby daughter, and Jerbanoo, his rotund mother-in-law — from their ancestral forest home to cosmopolitan Lahore. He opens a store, and as his fortunes grow, so does the animosity between Freddy and his mother-in-law. While Freddy prospers under British rule,

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At the dawn of the 20th century in Pakistan, Freddy Junglewalla moves his family — pregnant wife, baby daughter, and Jerbanoo, his rotund mother-in-law — from their ancestral forest home to cosmopolitan Lahore. He opens a store, and as his fortunes grow, so does the animosity between Freddy and his mother-in-law. While Freddy prospers under British rule, life with the domineering Jerbanoo is another matter entirely. This exuberant novel, full of rollicking humor, paints a vivid picture of life in the Parsee community.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A hit in England when first published in 1983, Sidhwa's first novel is a riotous mix of barnyard humor and a loving portrayal of the Parsi, the ancient Persian people who migrated to India centuries ago. (Sept.)
Library Journal
As his ox-drawn cart labors north, Faredoon Jungelwalla has no destination in mind. He just has faith, as all Parsees have, that he will know it when he sees it. And in Lahore his faith is rewarded. Inspired by the small Parsee community rushing to greet him, he settles in then and there, opening a store and depositing his wife and her loathsome mother Jerbanoo on the floor above. As years pass and his wealth increases, so does Jerbanoo's elephantine girth, but neither measure matches the dimension of their hatred for each other. Still, Faredoon is a realist. Things could change. The death of his favorite son is proof, as is the unexpected marriage of his ugly son Behram to the beautiful Tanya Easymoney. And India is changing. ``Jolly good for jolly good, fart for fart, the cultures of East and West'' are meeting. This is a comic novel stuffed with rich, spicy characters. Sidhwa makes every step of Faredoon's journey through time and culture a joy to read.-- Paul E. Hutchison, Bellefonte, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571310507
Publisher:
Milkweed Editions
Publication date:
02/09/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
263
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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