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The Love Queen of Malabar: Memoir of a Friendship with Kamala Das [Hardcover]

Merrily Weisbord
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Sept. 30 2010
Kamala Das (1934-2009) is one of India's most beloved and controversial literary figures. She was hailed and reviled as the first Indian woman to write an autobiographical cult classic about love and desire. Admirers dubbed her, "The First Feminist Emotional Revolutionary of Our Time." The tabloid press called her "The Love Queen of Malabar."

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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<br><br>"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Kamala Das - A Friend to All Women 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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5.0 out of 5 stars I read it three times! Oct. 24 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book Jan. 15 2012
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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.
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