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Sari Caste

Sari Caste [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Kirby
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A courageous voyage through destitution, intrigue and murder.

Manasa is abandoned by the man she should marry. He marries her sister instead. Meanwhile Manasa finds herself pregnant with his child. She flees her Bengali village wondering where to go. Eventually, she finds herself wandering the streets of Calcutta. Without money or food, life is a daily struggle. Finally, she is taken on by a brothel. She is desperately unhappy until she meets a different sort of man. This man she marries in secret and together they plan her escape from the brothel.

Murder, corruption, and intrigue threaten to swallow up the new life they attempt to establish in the beautiful hill country of Darjeeling.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 406 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068621V6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,776 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Writing has always been a passion for me. I started with short stories, poems and haikus and finally found myself writing a novel. It was exciting to see it grow and take shape. I had no idea where the story would take me. I just found my starting point and followed the muse. The research was fascinating, time consuming but absorbing. Once I reached those magical words 'The End', I was overjoyed. Then the real work of editing and rewriting began. Once I'd finished my first novel, I was keen to write another. My novels do not follow the same genre but do deal with the intricacies of relationships - what makes them go wrong and what, if anything, can save them from destruction. I hope my readers will enjoy the results.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book. 17 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've never written a review for a book before, but felt compelled to sit and write one for this. The book is well written and easy to read. It had me gripped from the first page. There were no twists, no plots, just a straight forward tale of what life could be / is like for women in India. It made me sad but it made me smile too at the fact that one women could be so strong in a world dominated by men. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say: READ THIS BOOK! I doubt you would regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unforgettable Tale of India 10 July 2012
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Manasa lives with her family near Calcutta, the third of four daughters. Her father is a harsh tyrant, embittered by his lack of sons, who takes his revenge by abusing his long-suffering wife and humiliating his daughters. Manasa's only hope of escape is through marriage, but her hopes are dashed when her father arranges a marriage for his youngest daughter before her. In desperation she runs away to the city. But, intolerable as was her life at home, it is nothing compared to the horrors she finds waiting for her in Calcutta.

This is an exceptionally powerful and moving story, all the more emotive since it is based on real events. Ms Kirby is a wonderful storyteller and leads the reader with consummate skill into the steamy streets of Calcutta where obscene wealth rubs shoulders with the most abject poverty - and where everything is for sale.
I was gripped from the start as I followed Manasa into places I would never have dared to venture alone. Dreadful things happen in this story, but it is not all about misery and fear. It is about the courage and ingenuity of one young woman and, above all, the human capacity for love.

I shall not forget this story. It has the impact of some of the great epic dramas such as 'The Grapes of Wrath' and 'The Good Earth.' Ms Kirby is an author worth looking out for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely enjoyable read. 3 Jun 2012
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It took me a couple of chapters to get into this book but I am so glad I persevered with it because it turned out to be a fantastic read and one I would recommend to anyone.

At the start I felt the story was moving too quickly because important parts of the story seemed to be "glossed over" slightly but I soon realised that those elements of the story were really just setting the scene for the main event, so to speak, although it did mean that it took me a little longer to warm to the main character Manasa.

The main action of the book takes part in a Calcutta brothel and describes what a harsh lifestyle the working girls have there. Some of the events are really quite upsetting, the author pulls no punches and certainly does not glamourise the life of a prostitute in any way whatsoever.

The prose is beautiful, at times you are totally transported to Calcutta and can almost smell the spices and other fragrances of the market. The characters, on the whole, are very well thought out, maybe a touch stereotypical here and there, but good enough for you to either like or dislike each one. The only character that did irritate me at all was in fact Manasa who did some pretty stupid things early on in the book which were quite key to the plot, but who never actually questions her own behaviour until right at the end of the book. Even though she has a good heart and means well most of the time, some times she can be a total idiot and some of the other characters do have a tendency to sometimes just go along with whatever she wants. In her defence, when things go wrong for her, or people don't do what she would like, she doesn't spend time wallowing in self pity,she just shrugs it off, makes the most of a bad job and carries on as best she can.

The plot is well thought out and moves at a good pace, you never get bored with the action although it is not an easy read by any means. I look forward to reading more from the author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read, Definitely Recommended 7 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
My daughter downloaded this on to my Kindle and I am so pleased she did, as I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The author is either very familiar with the culture she writes about or she has researched it meticulously, as it has the feeling of being incredibly authentic. This is undoubtedly an uncomfortable read in places, as it depicts the horrendous way that women are treated in some cultures, but it is also enlightening, informative and definitely worthwhile. As a reader I became completely engrossed in the character's situation and was willing her on to a better life all the way.

An extremely well written book that kept me emotionally involved and turning pages right up until the end. I would definitely recommend it as a five-star read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Enjoyable Read. 30 April 2012
By Pammie
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This is very well written with excellent characterisation. It's also a history lesson into the sad and difficult lives of girls born to poor families in India, the very lowest of the lower castes. Manasa is forced to flee her home and family and live in poverty on the streets of Calcutta with her baby daughter. Life is hard but she manages to put others she meets, first, sharing her precious food and water with Sharmilla and her family. With nowhere to live, no money,no prospects, Manasa is forced to turn to prostitution to put a roof over her own and her baby daughter's heads. She survives the life she is thrown into and eventually meets a man who cares for her. But a long struggle awaits as they makes plans to rescue children from the clutches of evil Mona, the madam who runs the brothel. A very gripping tale of a life that will make you realise how lucky you are, long after you finish reading it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
I enjoyed the book and felt I learned about the different cultures and rules relating to woman in this society.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn’t want the story to end
Despite the often sad tale of Manasa, a young girl who gets caught up in the struggles of Calcutta, it was actually a joy to read and feel part of her life’s journey, probably... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paula Good
5.0 out of 5 stars A recommended, gripping read
Making a stand against those who seek to control her, Manasa leaves her home after giving birth in secret to the child of the man who promised to marry her and then forsakes her. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bodicia
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
A good book,thoroughly enjoyed reading this.saddening and heartbreaking at times,but loved the courageousness of the main character manasa and her struggles. Read more
Published 6 months ago by mini
5.0 out of 5 stars A FANTASTIC BOOK AND A MUST READ!
This story is not in my usual genre preference, but the blurb sounded interesting so I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did, because I loved it! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lynn Worton
1.0 out of 5 stars Too long and boring boring boring
This book is far too long I skipped through the chapters. Parts were good but it went on forever in the brothel and market going over the same information. Read more
Published 14 months ago by marian hodgson
3.0 out of 5 stars Sari caste
Too long and drawn out .could of been more interesting, if it was not so long winded.would not recommend it.
Published 15 months ago by jean stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I thought this book was well written, a very gritty gripping read indeed, she goes into great detail about her life and journey to Calcutta, and everything that happens inbetween. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting storyline
i am enjoying reading this book. it's holding my interest. I recommend it as a light holiday read - easy going.
Published 15 months ago by sandra benardout
3.0 out of 5 stars Sari caste
Enjoyed the book I think ! Was hard going at times. Got a bit bored. But persevered and finished the book.would not recommend.
Published 16 months ago by Chris howe
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