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Village By The Sea [Paperback]

Anita Desai
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Nov. 5 1993
One of a series of classic fiction for schools, this novel won the 1982 Guardian Award for Children's Fiction. As the eldest children of a poor family in India, 13-year-old Lila and her younger brother have to cope when their parents cannot support them.

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Anita Desai was born and brought up in India and has written widely for both adults and children. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and has won the Guardian Fiction Award. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Book about poverty, change and maturity Nov. 18 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The changes that go through Hari and lila contribute to their maturity ( as most family probs do) Children that come from 'broken' homes gain no happiness or wealth but only maturity- hopefully the problem is less over the generation but this depends on whether the change leads to more positive or rather a less negatve view of life or a devastation of any hopes left leading to ultimate destruction Ends tooo nicely, not enough substance, book ends as if author was rushed and had to deal with father's alcaholism and mother' sickness before reaching 50 pages! Would have been very much more effective in conveying message about life in poverty and the state of India's poorest slums.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Village By The Sea Oct. 27 2000
Format:Paperback
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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A vivid book - about how to move on Nov. 28 1999
By Malin
Format:Paperback
This book is a vivid story, about how happiness can flourish even among the poorest of people. The children in this family are not only struggling to survive, they are trying to be happy at the same time by adapting to the new things that come into their lives. Life is truly a rollercoaster - it has its ups and downs but this novel shows that there is always some way out of misery. The contrasts between city- and countrylife is also very vividly described by the author, she has captured the spirit of Bombay, India, in captivating words.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Village by the Sea Oct. 28 2000
Format:Paperback
This is a story of a poor Indian family who are being torn apart by illness and alcohol. The children of the family work and fight to keep there family together. On the way they have to deal with change and tragedy. This book had a typical ending which is very easy to predict, and had no real surprises. However the characters in the book where strong and determined, they keep the reader reading by the way they got through life on so little. The book shows that if you want something bad enough it is possible to get it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Village by the Sea Oct. 28 2000
Format:Paperback
This is a story of a poor Indian family who are being torn apart by illness and alcohol. The children of the family work and fight to keep there family together. On the way they have to deal with change and tragedy. This book had a typical ending which is very easy to predict, and had no real surprises. However the characters in the book where strong and determined, they keep the reader reading by the way they got through life on so little. The book shows that if you want something bad enough it is possible to get it.
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