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Village By The Sea [Paperback]

Anita Desai
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Nov. 5 1993
A beautiful story set in a fishing village near Bombay. on the life of children and familiary, useful for courses and an understanding of change and tradition in modern India

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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 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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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 Village by The Sea. Oct. 19 2000
Format:Paperback
A fantastic novel cleverly highlighting poverty striken India undergoing rapid urbanisation and industrialisition, focussing on the hardships of pre industrial times and the struggle for survival amidst poverty and cruelty. It gives voice to the poor, the rural and city people of India who are trying to keep the old customs and traditions alive and fighting over the goverment aquisitions of their homelands. It shows that if one door is closed there is always another to walk through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Real life dilemma Sept. 26 2000
By Teena
Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book depicting the misery of children whose parents do not care for them. The novel really creates a scenery of the plot around you. Its a story which ends well-"All's well that end's well."Truly, an excellent piece of writing.
contact me:teena_ahluwalia@yahoo.com
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