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Sep 1, The Partition of India is the backdrop for this powerful novel, narrated by a precocious child who describes the brutal transition with. Cracking India. By. Bapsi Sidhwa. “A mysterious and wonderful novel.” — WASHINGTON POST. Share this title. Select Format. Paperback $ eBook $ Cracking India: A Novel book download Bapsi Sidhwa Download Cracking India: A Novel by Bapsi Sidhwa, reviewed & recommended.. Cracking India.
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Showing of 42 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Paperback Verified download. Wrenched from the security of the familiar, a young girl gleans intimate knowledge of the nature of betrayal. As a cosseted child, Lenny's short life is defined by the affection of family, friends and her beloved Ayah.
As most children who have the blessing of regularity in their lives and know the indulgence of boredom, Lenny is on an intimate terms with mundane household affairs and neighborhood gossip, her extended family ever available for entertainment and amusing peccadilloes. The family's simple life changes forever with the Partition of India in and the creation of Pakistan for Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs remaining in the state of India. As citizens of the newly formed Pakistan, this family's everyday reality begins to shift with the changing times, threatening to destroy a child's security and trust forever.
In Lahore, a city that has welcomed differences and encouraged variety, Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus have mixed without incident. After the Partition, the dangers of alliance permanently stamp the mark of change and entire families begin to disappear overnight. In agonizing stages, Sidwha relates this tragic account through Lenny's eyes. And it is that vision, with glimpses of violence flashing around the periphery, that ultimately alerts Lenny to the shape of the future.
The juxtaposition of family life and national chaos outlines an insider's interpretation of daily routine and a whole country spinning out of control. Peopled with eccentric characters and quirky personalities, one of the most romantic and beloved is Lenny's beautiful and desirable Ayah.
Ultimately, the abrupt disappearance of that Ayah, who has been kidnapped by nefarious characters, is central to the theme of this carefully wrought tale. All sense of harmony and continuity is abruptly shattered by the miasma of violence that seeps under closed doors at night like a poisonous invisible fog. This book is a stunning reminder of the nature of impermanence, "collateral damage" in the form of a loving Ayah, whose lovely spirit is virtually destroyed along with Lenny's innocence.
Hardcover Verified download. Bapsi Sidhwa has written a great historical fiction book. What starts out as a peaceful loving community in Lahore falls completely apart when Great Britain pulls out of India.
Our book group learned so much from reading "Cracking India" that we invited the author Bapsi Sidhwa to discuss it with us. We were so honored to hear her experiences first hand. One person found this helpful. site Edition Verified download. Wonderful book. I loved the early parts, the beguiling account of childhood in pre-partition Lahore. When the political backdrop heated up, I was almost cringing as I turned the pages. I couldn't stop reading.
It's an unflinching account, but not unbearable. Just sobering, and surprisingly balanced, considering how tragic the whole episode was in the history of what is now two countries. It's well written about a topic most Americans wouldn't know very well. Descriptive language. Only complaint is that some parts of it are so uncomfortably sexual. I saw the movie and was in awe of the characters. This book and books like it are why I love reading. The language, characters and plot transported me back in time to a place where love, hate, loss and acceptance written so convincingly that I cheered, laughed and cried while reading.
Bapswi Sidhwa has written this book in such a beautiful, poetic and vivid manner I could easily visualise the turmoil which errupted during the final days of the crumbling British Empire's stangelehold on India and it's immediate 'neighbours! IF you enjoy reading about those bygone days don't miss out on Cracking India. Read for book club. Interesting history of a devastating time in India.
Had some gaps in it as told from the perspective of a young child.
I love Sidhwai's writing style and the Excellent book.Share this title. I can't get away with the littlest thing. Midnight's Children. Kristina McMorris. Hardcover Verified download. Lawrence Hill. Write a review Rate this item: