This is a depressing story. A very real look at the incredibly difficult life of many people in India. This book was first published in 1954, and although there has been much improvement in the lives of people in India, there are still people like Rukmani.
Rukmani tells the story of her life from child bride to widow. The very difficult life of a serf farmer, a mother of several sons and a daughter during a turbulent and changing time, and a woman just trying to hold her family together and survive day-to-day.
I have read several books over the years with similar themes. One of the best books I have ever read follows the plight of a young man in India. I highly recommend A Fine Balance, a book that remains one of my favorites of all time. And though Nectar in a Sieve is not as good, it is still a sad and helpless tale – one that most of us cannot possible ever fully comprehend. And for that exact reason you should read it.
The book reminded me of the classic The Good Earth by Pearl S.Buck. However The Good Earth has a slightly happier ending. Nectar in a Sieve does not end happily. In fact, there is very few happy moments in the entire book.
⭐️⭐️⭐️Three stars for Nectar in a Sieve by Kamal Markandaya
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Strange, I would have recommended exactly the same! Would add Vikram Seth’s A Suitable boy, set also in post independence India.August 16, 2020 at 11:42 pm