Clear Light of Day

Clear Light of Day

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"The novel begins with the triennial visit of the younger sister Tara and her diplomat husband to the old family home, a decaying suburban mansion on the banks of the Jumma outside Old Delhi. Here Bim the older sister, lives with the youngest brother, Baba. Baba is autistic, a childlike, speechless whisp of a man who spends his days playing 'I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas' and 'Donkey seranade' on an ancient wind-up gramophone. The oldest brother, Raja, has moved away. The book divides itself equally between the present of Tara's visit and the sisters' memories of the past. The visit is a strain -- a series of under-the-surface estrangements and rapprochements, with sisterly care ebbing and flowing."
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2000, c1980.
Edition: 1st Mariner books ed.
ISBN: 9780618074518
Branch Call Number: FIC DESAI, ANITA
Characteristics: 182 pages ; 21 cm


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Jan 17, 2018

This novel published in 1980 was nominated for the Booker prize. Set in Old Delhi, it tells the story of two sisters and two brothers who have grown apart. It is about family and memories. In the end, the main character comes to an understanding of her life and the importance of family. It does succeed in creating a closed world.


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