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What the Body Remembers
What the Body Remembers
Author: Shauna Singh Baldwin
ISBN-13: 9780676973181
ISBN-10: 0676973183
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 517
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Book Type: Paperback
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A novel that won the "Commonwealth Writers Prize 2000 for Best Book in Canada and the Caribbean." It is a sophisticated tour of India with a narrataive about longings, loss, compromises, consequences, tensions between ideologies, cultures, religions, families.
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An engaging and well-written story. From
Though politics overshadows the lives of all the characters, the heart of this first novel is in the home where Sardarji, a middle-aged Sikh engineer, has brought his new wife, 16-year-old Roop. The only problem is, his current wife, Satya, is less than thrilled about sharing hearth and husband. Satya's inability to bear a child has led to Sardarji's recent marriage, and this fact, combined with jealousy has turned her heart "black and dense as a stone within her." Her rival is not only 25 years younger, but of considerably lower social rank, and her husband's obvious infatuation with Roop rankles considerably.

The rift between the two wives widens when Roop gives birth, first to a daughter and then to a son, and both children are sent to Satya for rearing. Eventually the younger wife demands the ouster of the elder from the household, and Satya is sent away. But her spirit is not exiled entirely, and years later, when Roop and Sardarji find themselves swept up in the bloody partition of India and Pakistan, it is memories of the elder woman's strength and wisdom that Roop draws on to survive.
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