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The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das Hardcover – Sep 30 2010

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgill-Queens University Press; First Edition edition (Sept. 30 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773537910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773537910
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #384,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Love Queen of Malabar is a portrait of Kamala Das, a remarkable poet, memoirist and public figure who dared to challenge many of India's taboos around sexuality. It is also the chronicle of an evolving friendship - wonderfully evocative in its use of language and dialogue - and it is a sensitive discussion of issues relevant to the lives of women and writers. Highly engaging and honest, it is a model of writing across cultures and continents." -Sherry Simon, author of Translating Montreal: Episodes in the Life of a Divided City

"As if to test Mark Twain's pronouncement 'truth is stranger than fiction,' two women - the award-winning journalist Merrily Weisbord from Canada, and the internationally acclaimed Indian writer Kamala Das - engage in an experiment of revealing to each other their experiences of men, motherhood, and writing. The intimate truths revealed here will stun the literary world and intrigue readers everywhere. This literary biography is a tour de force that reads like a well-crafted novel." -Katherine K. Young, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University

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Merrily Weisbord is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and broadcaster.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dawn E. Durnin on Nov. 14 2010
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I loved this book. Reading one of Kamala's sentences was like reading a chapter in a book. I cannot yet describe the feelings I had at the end of the book but I do know I had an ache in my throat. I am very happy to have read this book and I know I will not lend it out and I know I will read it again. Thank you Merrily Weisbrod for writing about this interesting woman. You made me feel like I was in the room listending to her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Enthusiastic Reader on Oct. 24 2011
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The Love Queen of Malabar is a cross-cultural adventure story. Weisbord takes us deep into another culture and our own, on an intimate roller-coaster ride. You can taste, smell, feel the life of Kamala Das, the great Indian rebel poet as she and Weisbord explore Indian and North American love, sex, writing, motherhood and spirituality. Das's convension at 67, for love, is a riveting drama. You can't put it down. It's a great read.
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Awesome book Jan. 15 2012
By Kalankit Haseena - Published on
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This book is the account of a friendship between Kamala Das, a great artist and a great Indian woman, and her Western interlocutor, M. Weisbord. This is not a biography -- it is more interesting than that. Through the author's eyes, we encounter the enigmatic, charismatic Kamala Das. We enter the story as visitors to Kerala. Kamala Das (seen through Weisbord's Canadian eyes) is eccentric, unpredictable and hard to understand. She asks for an assistant, yet prefers to have her mail unanswered. She claims to be a libertine, yet is stubbornly worshipful of her homosexual, sadistic husband. She also disapproves of Weisbord's live-in love relationship. She claims to like solitude, yet never discourages hordes of fans who besiege her apartment. She worships Hindu gods, after she converts to Islam. Weisbord is unfazed, as she knows she is in the presence of a literary titan. Throughout the story, Kamala Das reveals her life, her daily activities, her concerns. In two trips to the Canadian countryside, she reveals her playful and friendly side. It is amazing how Canadian writer Weisbord makes herself overcome the sheer cultural difference of her culture from Kerala society and comes up with this portrait-memoir.
The Love Queen of Malabar Dec 24 2014
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Disjointed and awkward, truly one of the few books I have not finished. Her perceptions about the life of a writer are accurate and often poignant.

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