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Ha and Anju have been sisters of the heart Bonded in ways even their mothers cannot comprehend the two girls grow into womanhood as if their fates as well as their hearts were mergedBut when Sudha learns a dark family secret that connection is shattered For the first time in their lives the girls know what it is to feel suspicion and distrust Urged into arranged marriages Sudha and Anju's lives take opposite turns Sudha becomes the dutiful daughter in law of a rigid small town household Anju goes to America with her. This is a late review The book was published eleven years ago in 1999 by Doubleday Yet I hadn’t heard of the author until this month even though I have seen the movie “Mistress of Spices” based on her novel by the same title After reading the book I read a number of reviews of the novel I wanted to see what other readers critics and reviewers thought of the novel especially the author’s style Most reviews I read gave positive review of the novel and extolled the author’s gift of writing But I didn’t find in those reviews what I was looking for—her style and the beautiful employment of fiction metaphors and similes Therefore I decided to write this reviewThe story is about two young women Anju and Sudha who are cousins who grow up together and who are born on the same day the day both of their fathers die in suspicious circumstances in the predator infested thick mangrove jungles of the Sundarbans Despite the element of mystery and curiosity about the death of the fathers this is not a mystery novel It’s not a genre or popular fiction It’s far from being a commercial fiction The circumstances of the girls’ fathers’ death therefore is not the main line of the story but only a critical foundation which thrusts the two girls to a lifetime of bonding as it does their mothers Gouri Ma and Aunt N and an aunt Pishi who all live in the same house as a close knit family With fathers dead and no other male members in the family the upper class Calcutta family of three women and two girls forms the central unit of the story The story is about the relationship and bonding between Anju and Sudha whose love and affection for each other is full of selfless sacrifice open truthfulness mutual dependence cathartic devotion and at times with slight jealousy The author adeptly traces the story of the two young women from their childhood to their womanhood as told in first person narrative alternately by Anju and Sudha Each is the sister of the heart of the otherThis review is however not so much about the story itself as it is about the author’s writing style The novel is a literary fiction The story is driven as are all literary fictions by characters than by plot Some acerbic commentators hint that literary fiction is a neologism and despite the poetic and lyrical metaphors and similes that enhance the elegance of prose makes the story unreadable Notwithstanding the generally accepted notion that literary fiction is the work of superior intellectual mettle than are those of genre popular or commercial fiction I do not agree that literary fiction is mostly unreadable I believe those who make such harsh and unfair judgment are those who wish to read in literary fiction what are essentially the domain of commercial or genre fiction—stories essentially driven by plot I do not imply that genre or commercial fiction are any less better I actually enjoy them whether Frederick Forsyth’s international political and crime intrigues or John Grisham’s legal suspense in the suburbia of America; I only say that Divakaruni’s work stands in a category that is obviously different from commercial fictionDivakaruni artfully tells the story in narratives full of similes and metaphors Her prose is lyrical and is poetic Divakaruni’s liberal and artful use of metaphors which is mostly used in poetry paints the story with a poet’s mind She is in fact an award winning poet which I learn from the author’s introduction in the book Divakaruni’s prose reads like poetry even without verse Her use of trope or figure of speech while making sure they don’t sound trite makes the story warm and pleasurable readingDivakaruni is an exceptional writer But of course she is not the first literary fiction writer who liberally uses metaphors as prose style Norman Mailer a literary giant for example is a master storyteller who packs metaphors in his stories Divakaruni’s use of metaphors drama and passionately living characterization reveal her exuisite cognitive ability to observe or imagine lives in intimate and rich details and tell them in a way that makes readers feel they are not only observing a story but are in fact in the story Her ability to engage readers is amazingOne of Divakaruni’s uniue style is that she creates her own metaphors that are at once meaningful to readers instead of using the ones that have existed and been used by others eg “bright as pomegranate juice” to describe a smile or “my mouth is crowded with gravel” to describe how the narrator feels the need to retort to something she doesn’t like or “the sun paints the wall golden” to tell the reader that the sun has shone in the room or “smooth as molasses” to describe the smoothness of spoken words This metaphorology is Divakaruni’s gift to readers in addition to the story itself This style adds additional dimension to Divakaruni’s skill as an author—that of a linguist using semiotics symbolism and to some extent mysticism of words and phrases She deftly spares the readers of archaism in her style maintaining the high level of reader engagement and interest from beginning to the end She elevates the work of storytelling to an art formDivakaruni weaves into the story elements of conflict as part of the story structure that keeps the readers engaged The conflicts in her story are based on characters than on plots As a reader I felt as though I was in the same room while the protagonists were engrossed in conversation oblivious of my presence She introduces element of curiosity if not mystery into the story in the early part of the story as a conflict that she resolves only near the end of the story when Sudha along with her infant daughter Dayita are on their plane flight to America Between this early conflict and the eventual resolution there is a lot of action in characterization The characters in her story drive the plotThis is Divakaruni's first and only novel that I’ve had the pleasure of reading so far It’s an emotional story that has an intellectual impact like such that a linguist and author with rich imagination can make I liked the book for its warmth depiction of female bonding amidst complexities of life and wondered why I hadn’t heard of the author before much less read any of her novels Although literary fictions are not the primary source of information about cross cultures; this novel provides a literary vehicle for cross cultural readers to understand and enjoy Bengali culture and society in CalcuttaWhen I completed reading the story I couldn’t help but wonder if Sudha was going to return to Calcutta from her sojourn to America The novel stood well on its own as a complete story; but there are several strands that I couldn’t help but wonder about how they would progress I wanted to know what would happen to Singhji and whether Sudha would see him again and how she would feel if she did I wanted to know what would happen to the trinity of women in the family Gouri Ma Aunt Nalini and Pishi And of course most of all I wanted to know what would happen to Ashok the man Sudha loved but sacrificed not once but twice—for Anju the sister of her heartBefore I close this review I must say one thing I have the bad habit of reading multiple books simultaneously When I started reading this book I had already read about a hundred pages of “The Hungry Tide” a novel by Amitav Ghosh I found the story too enjoyable to put the book down and go back to Ghosh’s book As much as I was enjoying Ghosh's book too it just had to waitAfter reading the novel when I found out that Divakaruni wrote a seuel to the story later “The Vine of Desire” in 2002 I couldn’t help but feel good I immediately started looking forward to reading it After one book I have become a Divakaruni fan She is a brilliant storytellerNote I wrote this review on February 15 2010 and shared with the author through her Facebook page Différente comme tout le monde published eleven years ago in 1999 by Doubleday Yet I hadn’t heard of the author until this month even though I have seen the movie “Mistress of Spices” based on her novel by the same title After reading the book I read a number of reviews of the novel I wanted to see what other readers critics and reviewers thought of the novel especially the author’s style Most reviews I read gave La vie quotidienne à La Mecque : De Mahomet à nos jours positive review of the novel and extolled the author’s gift of writing But I didn’t find in those reviews what I was looking for—her style and the beautiful employment of fiction metaphors and similes Therefore I decided to write this reviewThe story is about two young women Anju and Sudha who are cousins who grow up together and who are born on the same day the day both of their fathers die in suspicious circumstances in the Islam et interdits alimentaires. Juguler l'animalité predator infested thick mangrove jungles of the Sundarbans Despite the element of mystery and curiosity about the death of the fathers this is not a mystery novel It’s not a genre or La France et l'islam depuis 1789 popular fiction It’s far from being a commercial fiction The circumstances of the girls’ fathers’ death therefore is not the main line of the story but only a critical foundation which thrusts the two girls to a lifetime of bonding as it does their mothers Gouri Ma and Aunt N and an aunt Pishi who all live in the same house as a close knit family With fathers dead and no other male members in the family the upper class Calcutta family of three women and two girls forms the central unit of the story The story is about the relationship and bonding between Anju and Sudha whose love and affection for each other is full of selfless sacrifice open truthfulness mutual dependence cathartic devotion and at times with slight jealousy The author adeptly traces the story of the two young women from their childhood to their womanhood as told in first Le christianisme, le judaïsme, l'islam et la pensée occidentale person narrative alternately by Anju and Sudha Each is the sister of the heart of the otherThis review is however not so much about the story itself as it is about the author’s writing style The novel is a literary fiction The story is driven as are all literary fictions by characters than by Ecrire et transmettre dans les débuts de l'Islam plot Some acerbic commentators hint that literary fiction is a neologism and despite the La France et ses musulmans : Un siècle de politique musulmane (1895-2005) poetic and lyrical metaphors and similes that enhance the elegance of Dictionnaire des groupes religieux aujourd'hui : Religions, églises, sectes, nouveaux mouvements religieux, mouvement spiritualistes prose makes the story unreadable Notwithstanding the generally accepted notion that literary fiction is the work of superior intellectual mettle than are those of genre Liberté, égalité, Islam : La République face au communautarisme popular or commercial fiction I do not agree that literary fiction is mostly unreadable I believe those who make such harsh and unfair judgment are those who wish to read in literary fiction what are essentially the domain of commercial or genre fiction—stories essentially driven by La Pensée arabe plot I do not imply that genre or commercial fiction are any less better I actually enjoy them whether Frederick Forsyth’s international La France des Mosquées political and crime intrigues or John Grisham’s legal suspense in the suburbia of America; I only say that Divakaruni’s work stands in a category that is obviously different from commercial fictionDivakaruni artfully tells the story in narratives full of similes and metaphors Her L'Exégèse coranique prose is lyrical and is Pourquoi j'ai cessé d'être islamiste : Itinéraire au cœur de l'islam en France (Mise au point) poetic Divakaruni’s liberal and artful use of metaphors which is mostly used in Le livre des indésirés poetry L'Islam en France : Les musulmans dans la communauté nationale paints the story with a Les religions africaines poet’s mind She is in fact an award winning La politique musulmane de la France au XXe siècle : De l'Hexagone aux terres d'Islam - Espoirs, réussites, échecs poet which I learn from the author’s introduction in the book Divakaruni’s Entre Islam et Occident.: Entretiens avec G. D.Khoury. prose reads like Louis Massignon (TEMPUS t. 414) poetry even without verse Her use of trope or figure of speech while making sure they don’t sound trite makes the story warm and L'Islam positif. La religions des jeunes musulmans de France pleasurable readingDivakaruni is an exceptional writer But of course she is not the first literary fiction writer who liberally uses metaphors as XXI N° 6, PRINTEMPS 2009 : Dans le bleu de l'Islam prose style Norman Mailer a literary giant for example is a master storyteller who Islam, l'épreuve française (TRIBUNE LIBRE) packs metaphors in his stories Divakaruni’s use of metaphors drama and Le Droit musulman passionately living characterization reveal her exuisite cognitive ability to observe or imagine lives in intimate and rich details and tell them in a way that makes readers feel they are not only observing a story but are in fact in the story Her ability to engage readers is amazingOne of Divakaruni’s uniue style is that she creates her own metaphors that are at once meaningful to readers instead of using the ones that have existed and been used by others eg “bright as Profession Imam : Entretiens avec Michaël Privot et Cédric Baylocq pomegranate juice” to describe a smile or “my mouth is crowded with gravel” to describe how the narrator feels the need to retort to something she doesn’t like or “the sun L'Islam contemporain paints the wall golden” to tell the reader that the sun has shone in the room or “smooth as molasses” to describe the smoothness of spoken words This metaphorology is Divakaruni’s gift to readers in addition to the story itself This style adds additional dimension to Divakaruni’s skill as an author—that of a linguist using semiotics symbolism and to some extent mysticism of words and L'Islam contemporain phrases She deftly spares the readers of archaism in her style maintaining the high level of reader engagement and interest from beginning to the end She elevates the work of storytelling to an art formDivakaruni weaves into the story elements of conflict as Cités 2003, hors série : L'Islam en France part of the story structure that keeps the readers engaged The conflicts in her story are based on characters than on Traité d'athéologie : Physique de la métaphysique plots As a reader I felt as though I was in the same room while the La Sexualité en Islam protagonists were engrossed in conversation oblivious of my L'Islam en France presence She introduces element of curiosity if not mystery into the story in the early Marianne et le prophète : L'Islam dans la France laïque part of the story as a conflict that she resolves only near the end of the story when Sudha along with her infant daughter Dayita are on their Islam et christianisme plane flight to America Between this early conflict and the eventual resolution there is a lot of action in characterization The characters in her story drive the La France en danger d'islam : Entre Jihâd et Reconquista plotThis is Divakaruni's first and only novel that I’ve had the Imams de France pleasure of reading so far It’s an emotional story that has an intellectual impact like such that a linguist and author with rich imagination can make I liked the book for its warmth depiction of female bonding amidst complexities of life and wondered why I hadn’t heard of the author before much less read any of her novels Although literary fictions are not the Dictionnaire historique de l'islam primary source of information about cross cultures; this novel Les Réseaux d'Allah : Les filières islamistes en France et en Europe provides a literary vehicle for cross cultural readers to understand and enjoy Bengali culture and society in CalcuttaWhen I completed reading the story I couldn’t help but wonder if Sudha was going to return to Calcutta from her sojourn to America The novel stood well on its own as a complete story; but there are several strands that I couldn’t help but wonder about how they would Islam en France, Islam de France (Le Point sur l'immigration en France) progress I wanted to know what would happen to Singhji and whether Sudha would see him again and how she would feel if she did I wanted to know what would happen to the trinity of women in the family Gouri Ma Aunt Nalini and Pishi And of course most of all I wanted to know what would happen to Ashok the man Sudha loved but sacrificed not once but twice—for Anju the sister of her heartBefore I close this review I must say one thing I have the bad habit of reading multiple books simultaneously When I started reading this book I had already read about a hundred L'Islam pages of “The Hungry Tide” a novel by Amitav Ghosh I found the story too enjoyable to Allah a-t-il sa place dans l'entreprise ? put the book down and go back to Ghosh’s book As much as I was enjoying Ghosh's book too it just had to waitAfter reading the novel when I found out that Divakaruni wrote a seuel to the story later “The Vine of Desire” in 2002 I couldn’t help but feel good I immediately started looking forward to reading it After one book I have become a Divakaruni fan She is a brilliant storytellerNote I wrote this review on February 15 2010 and shared with the author through her Facebook Les religions de l'Antiquité page

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New husband and learns to live her own life of secrets When tragedy strikes each of them however they discover that despite distance and marriage they have only each other to turn to Set in the two worlds of San Francisco and India this exceptionally moving novel tells a story at once familiar and exotic seducing readers from the first page with the lush prose we have come to expect from Divakaruni Sister of My Heart is a novel destined to become as widely beloved as it is acclaimed From the Trade Paperback edition. Out of all the books that trickle down the Fictional area from Indian writers Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni always strikes out thanks to her writing a mix of Indian and western stories combining together to form magic This weekend I picked Sister of My Heart to soothe my soul and my it was magical Two sisters born out of family calamities sharing a uniue bond by beating distance bad relatives and societySister of My Heart revolves around Anju and Sudha born in the same household in Calcutta on the same day the day when both their mothers are informed that both their husbands are killed in reckless uest for a cave full of rubies The shock triggers pain in their wombs a pain that seals Anju and Sudha's fate foreverAs the time goes by relatives and society witness an unbreakable bond forming between the two even if the mothers Gouri Anju and Nalini Sudha do not get along much Whispers start pouring from walls into Sudha's heart until one day she confronts her Pishi regarding that From her Pishi she understands that it was her Father who brought doom upon the family Because of his tricks Anju's father got killed She is informed that her father was a no good schemer who brought ruin on his cousinOnce the secret is revealed Sudha starts taking a different path from Anju The dreams of finishing college and opening a successful cloth business takes a sideline As they grow old Anju adjusts to a life in California with a man who lusts after Sudha and Sudha grapples with a mother in law who turns towards Goddess Shasti to fill Sudha's barren womb rather than finding a doctor who can help cure impotency of her sonEven though differences start creeping in between their relationship somehow fate always bonds them Sacrifices are made families are lost but Anju and Sudha never give up on each other Sudha realizes her love for Anju supersedes all and her love does not come out of the necessity of guilt that her father was responsible for the doom of Anju's family She is truly Sister of her heart But is this love enough What happens when Anju finds Sudha's dowry handkerchief lurking in Sunil's stuff Guess you and I have to read the seuel; The Vine of Desire for thatDivakaruni's books always have a special place in my bookshelf I started reading her work with Palace of Illusions and then gradually moved on to her other books And one thing is always consistent which I noticed in the Sister of My Heart as well The intelligence and plot line to combine two worlds the east and the west And no matter how many times this theme re appears in her books it always leaves me mesmerized I fall in love every time when I pick her bookAnother beautiful thing about the Sister of My Heart is the relationship between two sisters that has been portrayed It's deep it's magical If I have to say Anju was kept on Nalini's womb so that the dying child can have energy from her to come out and face the world The power behind this one scene shows how brilliant this book is In the whole weekend that I spent at my mother's place I could never part from this book Though I had some issues with the length of the book but it can be ignoredAnd the climax I was shocked I can't say much about it because then this review will turn into a spoiler but climax proves one thing right Sometimes things that we are looking for are right in front of us but we just don't have the vision for it All in all make sure you pick up the Sister of My Heart Pick it up for Divakaruni and if not for her pick it up to celebrate an enduring love between two sisters Les Femmes du prophète page with the lush PENSEE ARABE prose we have come to expect from Divakaruni Sister of My Heart is a novel destined to become as widely beloved as it is acclaimed From the Trade Paperback edition. Out of all the books that trickle down the Fictional area from Indian writers Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni always strikes out thanks to her writing a mix of Indian and western stories combining together to form magic This weekend I Le mois le plus long. Ramadan à Istanbul picked Sister of My Heart to soothe my soul and my it was magical Two sisters born out of family calamities sharing a uniue bond by beating distance bad relatives and societySister of My Heart revolves around Anju and Sudha born in the same household in Calcutta on the same day the day when both their mothers are informed that both their husbands are killed in reckless uest for a cave full of rubies The shock triggers Figures du Palestinien: Identité des origines, identité de devenir pain in their wombs a Le Vent jaune : Récits pain that seals Anju and Sudha's fate foreverAs the time goes by relatives and society witness an unbreakable bond forming between the two even if the mothers Gouri Anju and Nalini Sudha do not get along much Whispers start L'inconscient de l'islam pouring from walls into Sudha's heart until one day she confronts her Pishi regarding that From her Pishi she understands that it was her Father who brought doom upon the family Because of his tricks Anju's father got killed She is informed that her father was a no good schemer who brought ruin on his cousinOnce the secret is revealed Sudha starts taking a different L'Expansion musulmane, VIIe-XIe siècles, 5e édition path from Anju The dreams of finishing college and opening a successful cloth business takes a sideline As they grow old Anju adjusts to a life in California with a man who lusts after Sudha and Sudha grapples with a mother in law who turns towards Goddess Shasti to fill Sudha's barren womb rather than finding a doctor who can help cure impotency of her sonEven though differences start creeping in between their relationship somehow fate always bonds them Sacrifices are made families are lost but Anju and Sudha never give up on each other Sudha realizes her love for Anju supersedes all and her love does not come out of the necessity of guilt that her father was responsible for the doom of Anju's family She is truly Sister of her heart But is this love enough What happens when Anju finds Sudha's dowry handkerchief lurking in Sunil's stuff Guess you and I have to read the seuel; The Vine of Desire for thatDivakaruni's books always have a special L'Inconscient de l'islam place in my bookshelf I started reading her work with Palace of Illusions and then gradually moved on to her other books And one thing is always consistent which I noticed in the Sister of My Heart as well The intelligence and Les Palestiniens dans le siècle plot line to combine two worlds the east and the west And no matter how many times this theme re appears in her books it always leaves me mesmerized I fall in love every time when I Le Gouvernement divin. Islam et conception politique du monde pick her bookAnother beautiful thing about the Sister of My Heart is the relationship between two sisters that has been Les Barbaresques (TEMPUS t. 220) portrayed It's deep it's magical If I have to say Anju was kept on Nalini's womb so that the dying child can have energy from her to come out and face the world The Sur la frontière power behind this one scene shows how brilliant this book is In the whole weekend that I spent at my mother's Palestine 47 : Un partage avorté place I could never MARIAGE DE LA PAIX part from this book Though I had some issues with the length of the book but it can be ignoredAnd the climax I was shocked I can't say much about it because then this review will turn into a spoiler but climax L'amour en Islam de l'enchantement à l'étouffement proves one thing right Sometimes things that we are looking for are right in front of us but we just don't have the vision for it All in all make sure you Lawrence d'Arabie pick up the Sister of My Heart Pick it up for Divakaruni and if not for her Le monde méditerranéen, 15.000 ans d'histoire pick it up to celebrate an enduring love between two sisters

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From the award winning author of Mistress of Spices the bestselling novel about the extraordinary bond between two women and the family secrets and romantic jealousies that threaten to tear them apartAnju is the daughter of an upper caste Calcutta family of distinction Her cousin Sudha is the daughter of the black sheep of that same family Sudha is startlingly beautiful; Anju is not Despite those differences since the day on which the two girls were born the same day their fathers died mysteriously and violently Sud. 35 The first thing I noticed when reading this novel was how the prose was so descriptive flowery almost it just flowed so easily Two young girls raised as sisters always together as closer as two can be when their lives are derailed as secret is revealed This secret will pull the girls apart and send them on different pathsThere are many secrets to come and each one revealed changes the course of a life I am not sure how I felt about these girls I don't think I fully liked either one but I did find them intriguing Wished one thought of herself one a little less but I did embrace the bond they shared Apparently the girls appear again in a later novel by this author which explains the ending that really did not seem like one A good book about the meaning of family the detrimental effects of secrets and the taste and smells of India