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Clear Light of Day

By Anita Desai

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| Paperback | 9780618074518

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Set in India's Old Delhi, CLEAR LIGHT OF DAY is Anita Desai's tender, warm, and compassionate novel about family scars, the ability to forgive and forget, and the trials and tribulations of familial love. At the novel's heart are the moving relations Continue

Set in India's Old Delhi, CLEAR LIGHT OF DAY is Anita Desai's tender, warm, and compassionate novel about family scars, the ability to forgive and forget, and the trials and tribulations of familial love. At the novel's heart are the moving relationships between the members of the Das family, who have grown apart from each other. Bimla is a dissatisfied but ambitious teacher at a women's college who lives in her childhood home, where she cares for her mentally challenged brother, Baba. Tara is her younger, unambitious, estranged sister, married and with children of her own. Raja is their popular, brilliant, and successful brother. When Tara returns for a visit with Bimla and Baba, old memories and tensions resurface and blend into a domestic drama that is intensely beautiful and leads to profound self-understanding.

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    Touching story of a family and a house in old Dehli -the two main female characters are brilliant-

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    Inaeugenia said on Jan 15, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    "Time the destroyer is time the preserver"... la frase di Eliot riassume alla perfezione l'atmosfera della Delhi descritta dall'autrice.

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    Godot said on Aug 5, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Desai's sparkling portrayal draws forth the history of the split family through Bim's and Tara's reminiscence. The traumatic feeling generated from the events of their childhood is finally smoothed. The sisters forgive themselves and have the opport ...(continue)

    Desai's sparkling portrayal draws forth the history of the split family through Bim's and Tara's reminiscence. The traumatic feeling generated from the events of their childhood is finally smoothed. The sisters forgive themselves and have the opportunity to step out of the trauma and then into a brighter future.

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    S893309030 said on Mar 10, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    Read an earlier edition of this book. English is superb, and Desai presents a wonderful picture of life in India. Greatly enjoyed!

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    GraJon said on Jul 19, 2008 | Add your feedback

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    家(home)是什麼?是有形的屋宇(house),是屋宇之內親長手足的扶持、齟齬,更是親長見背、手足各自有成後,維繫彼此的回憶。Anita Desai寫道:With her inner eye she saw how her own house and its particular history linked and contained her as well as her whole family with all their separate histories and experienc ...(continue)

    家(home)是什麼?是有形的屋宇(house),是屋宇之內親長手足的扶持、齟齬,更是親長見背、手足各自有成後,維繫彼此的回憶。Anita Desai寫道:With her inner eye she saw how her own house and its particular history linked and contained her as well as her whole family with all their separate histories and experiences . . . giving them the soil in which to send down their roots, and food to make them grow and spread, reach out to new experiences and new lives, but always drawing from the same soil, the same secret darkness (182).

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    南鵲 said on Jan 17, 2007 | Add your feedback

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