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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (4 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099428539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099428534
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 437,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As finely written atmospheric pieces alone the stories would be memorable... As social documents they are absorbing. The volume's profound theme is the tension between convention and exploration, family solidarity and individualism... An admirable humane and responsible achievement" (Hermione Lee Observer)

"One of the most brilliant and subtle writers ever to have described the meeting of eastern and western culture" (Alison Lurie)

"Beautifully accomplished and memorable" (The Times)

"Absolutely first-rate…absorbing" (Hermione Lee Observer)

"Desai has a gift of opening up a closed world and making it clearly visible" (Sunday Times)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HORAK on 14 Jan 2004
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Anita Desai’s short stories reflect the kaleidoscope of modern Indian life. They are set in contemporary Bombay and other cities and they evoke the colours, sounds, smells and white-hot heat of Indian cities. The stories are peopled with intensely individual characters: there is a painter living in a slum who fills his paintings with landscapes, birds and flowers he has never seen. There is an American woman who turns to the hippies in the Indian hills because she is unhappy with her life in the verdant countryside of Vermont. There is a man spiritually transformed by the surface texture of a melon. And many more. It is a finely written, atmospheric, memorable collection of short stories. As always with Anita Desai, her work is warm, perceptive, both funny and touched with sadness.
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An interesting book of 11 short storiess. The characters are king here and i was amazed several times over about the reaction i had to reading the stories- they're so short, but they're all so well written that each one has effected me in different ways. Extraordinarily well written, very clear, very intelligent.

Recommend to anyone.
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Beautifully accomplished 14 Jan 2004
By HORAK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Anita Desai's short stories reflect the kaleidoscope of modern Indian life. They are set in contemporary Bombay and other cities and they evoke the colours, sounds, smells and white-hot heat of Indian cities. The stories are peopled with intensely individual characters: there is a painter living in a slum who fills his paintings with landscapes, birds and flowers he has never seen. There is an American woman who turns to the hippies in the Indian hills because she is unhappy with her life in the verdant countryside of Vermont. There is a man spiritually transformed by the surface texture of a melon. And many more. It is a finely written, atmospheric, memorable collection of short stories. As always with Anita Desai, her work is warm, perceptive, both funny and touched with sadness.
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Anita Desai: One of the Most Infleuncial Authors of out Time 19 Dec 2000
By Naked Dude - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Anita Desai is a very famous author from India. In her story, "Games at Twilight," a peaceful game of hide & seek turns into an unforgettable nightmare for one boy.
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