“Anne Cherian appears to be channeling Jane Austen in her wonderful novel A Good Indian Wife. Set in contemporary America and India, the book celebrates. 20 May A fully assimilated Indian-American doctor reluctantly adjusts to an arranged marriage in this likable but generic debut from Indian-born. 13 Jan I’ve had a rather difficult time coming up with a rating for A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian. On one hand, once I got into the story, I couldn’t.
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Norton Paperback pages June Sep 25, Curtis Edmonds rated it really liked it. We see lovely Leila still living with her parents at the age of 30 and teaching English in a local school in India. Caroline is most predictable, deluding herself into thinking she will triumph over this unwanted bride.
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Overall, I enjoyed the time I spent with indiah story. I needed something fresh to read and this definitely was an original, light read.
Dec 30, Terri rated it liked it. Jan 28, Kavya rated it it was amazing.
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Finally, this is a story about the existential struggle of many young people in India: We see Neel’s family frantic for him to come home and marry a ‘local’ girl.
However This is another book where I wish we had half stars because it is a solid 3.
He adds a lot of character to the book and plays a very vital role in making Leila the person she becomes. I wish I could destroy this book from it’s existence. Znne finished the book for Leila and no-one else. On the other hand, character development was inconsistent, the portrayal of white women in the United States was disgustingly unfair, the portrayal of Indian men in the United States was, at times, stereotypical, and the ending was reminiscent of the sad trombone that plays when someone loses on a game show — wah, wah, wahhhhhh.
Of course his family sorts this all out and Leila gets a Visa and a plane ticket to go home with Neel.
I would like to have a bit more on the conflict raging inside of Neel that made him in the end choose what he chose, particularly in regards to his wife. It could also be a short-cut the first-time author hood instead of creating atmosphere and mood through actions and conflict. I insian torn between feeling rather disgusted at the ending, and begrudgingly admitting that such an ending may very well be reality for the type of situation Neel and Leila found themselves in.
It will take the American reader to a different place, and perhaps illustrate the Complexity of another culture another way of life. The book was published in and follows the two main characters, Neel Suneel Sarath, an Indian born American doctor and Leila Krishnan, a local woman from his hometown who teaches English. It’s essentially a romance novel without any romance, dry, flat, and nearly sterile, The one burst of true emotion comes late in the book, and it largely redeems it, but not entirely.
Always a Hot Topic: It’s a part and parcel of our country, tucked away alongside the dosa, the colorful chutneys and the coconut. View all 3 comments. From a literary indizn perspective, the character of Neel is almost there and needed a bit more fleshing out. For all that I despise Neel, I love the character of Leila.
I can relate to Leila on so qife levels. Despite being unwanted and unloved, she really blossomed in San Francisco, and expertly straddled the cultural divide by remaining true to herself and her values while remaining open to new experiences and people. Handsome anesthesiologist Neel prides himself on his decisiveness, both in and out of the operating room. This is a great book about an arranged marriage that actually kind of happens by mistake. I wouldn’t have guessed it was still the nineteen-eighties for the characters wifee Cherian wjfe mentioned that outright, and her San Francisco is a generic large city with place names pasted on.
You can feel the depth of both women’s desperation that drives their manipulative behavior and that’s what makes them stand out. Neel’s a slimy so-and-so and Caroline Caroleen, like the French is a caricature of white trash. With a girlfriend and god promising career back in San Francisco, the last thing Neel needs is an arranged marriage. Neel and Leila struggle to reconcile their own desires with the expectations of others in this riveting story of two people, two countries, and two ways of life that may be more compatible than they seem.
There was a problem adding your email address. And that’s a shame after learning that everything Leila knows about the courtship and physical relationship between a man and woman came from reading romance novels.