Whole lives come into focus in this rich and diverse collection, as Desai trains her luminous spotlight on private universes from India to Canada and New England, from Cornwall to Mexico. Her protagonists set out on journeys and find themselves suddenly beyond the pale, or surprisingly back where they started from. Caught up in cycles of hope and disappointment, their lives are ruled by the seasons, or straitjacketed by the conventions of hospitality, friendship and family. In the title story, a beloved dog, black as Satan, brings nothing but disaster; in another, a business man away from home sees his own death; and elsewhere, old relationships stir up buried resentments, issues demand commitment - or escape. And in the final quiet masterpiece, one of Delhi's girls of slender means finds a kind of joy and freedom in a strange rooftop community.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 23/09/2000
- ISBN: 9780099289647
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Review by justine
There was palpable discomfort in some of these stories, so it it evident that the emotionality was well-presented. But overall, I am not sure if I really enjoyed it.
Review by rudik5834
Funny sad and charming stories about every days live,without any violance and sex!The beauty is in the detail.
Review by veracite
So far, this year's challenge (Iran to Bangladesh, by book) is a winner. And only two books in!<br/><br/>Anita Desai writes delicate short stories of frustration and love and families. She has the ability to draw me into a sense of place so swiftly and completely I felt elsewhere whenever I was reading. I particularly liked the first, second and last stories, <i>Royalty, Underground</i> and <i>The Rooftop Dwellers</i>. <br/><br/>Moyna, the protagonist in <i>The Rooftop Dwellers</i>, just made me happy, in the end.