This book, amongst the many i have read, is outstanding in the way it creates the scenes and imagery in our minds. Allthough i am not familiar with the works of Anita Desai, i was impressed with the quality and degree of potential this book produces. Village By The Sea takes us through a journey of a small town in india adjusting to modernisation and the introduction of factories and industrilisation. They also deal with the major factor of poverty which is illustrated to us superbly. Allthough this is not the best book i have read, i strongly reccomend this to anyone who has spare time to read an informative yet enjoyable book!