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Subject: Anyone read Nectar in a Sieve?
Date Posted: 8/2/2007 10:36 PM ET
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This was one of those PBS recommendations.  It won the Notable Book of 1955 award by the ALA.  Has anyone read it?

I'd never read anything by Kamala Markandaya.  I have to say this is one of the best books I've read this year.  It's the story of a peasant family living in a small village trying to survive off the land which they only rent.  It was a moving story.

The style reminded me a bit of Pearl Buck's the Good Earth.

Date Posted: 8/7/2007 12:10 AM ET
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I recently finished it, Melody, & really liked it.

Date Posted: 8/28/2007 12:32 AM ET
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Yes, Melody, I read Nectar in a Sieve, by Kamala Markandaya.  I pretty much agree with your remark about how affecting the book was, and how it did sort of remind one of Pearl Buck's style.  It's sad to read about poverty, but touching to read about faithful love of a husband and wife, through trying life circumstances.

Date Posted: 9/6/2007 9:52 AM ET
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I read it for a book club -- it was recommended by one of our member's daughter who was a senior in high school.  We had a fantastic discussion and it was one of my favorites from the club.

- Tracy


Date Posted: 9/10/2007 2:28 AM ET
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I'm so glad that others enjoyed.  I've never even heard of the author before.  Every now and then, you pick a book up randomly and it turns out to be an excellent read.

Date Posted: 9/28/2007 11:35 AM ET
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I read it in college for a South Asian lit class, and remember it being one of the few that was easy to get through and just enjoyable to read.

Date Posted: 10/15/2007 8:47 PM ET
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I read and enjoyed this book, but I didn't think it was great.  I also really had issues with the fact that somehow the husband deserved respect and love when he was unfaithful...  I understand that it was written in a different time, and about a different culture, but still, I have a hard time swallowing that kind of logic. 

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 10:45 PM ET
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I had to read it in high school.

I don't know...I got the books point, but I found it a bit overly simplistic.

Which you might argue is the beauty of the book, and you would probably be right.

I just tend to go for more heavy lit, with complex meanings I can analyze. (lol.)

Just not my cup of tea.

Which is why its on my bookshelf...for anyone interested. :-)