Fasting, Feasting

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Fasting, Feasting

By Anita Desai

Fasting, Feasting is a wonderful novel of two parts, running from the heart of a close-knit Indian household, with its restrictions and prejudices, its noisy warmth and sensual appreciation of food, to the cool centre of an American family.

Uma, the plain, spinster daughter of a close-knit Indian family, is trapped at home, smothered by her overbearing parents and their traditions, unlike her ambitious younger sister Aruna, who brings off a ‘good’ marriage and brother Arun, the disappointing son and heir who is studying in America.

Across the world in Massachusetts, life with the Patton family is bewildering for Arun in an alien culture of freedom, freezers and paradoxically self-denying self-indulgence.


If we could have chosen a runner-up, we would undoubtedly have given the runner-up award to Anita Desai and Fasting, Feasting, a most beautiful novel’--- Gerald Kaufman, Chairman of the Booker Prize 1999

"Anita Desai is one of Tolstoy's inheritors. Like his, her writing is sensuous, radical and uncannily perceptive... Fasting, Feasting is a hypnotically readable story, in language which has the precision of poetry... an ambitious, successful and disturbing novel." -- The Times

"In Fasting, Feasting -- the most recent in a series of outstanding fictions -- she returns to a world which is already disappearing and a milieu of which she remains the peerless chronicler... This is a compelling, mature work by India's finest writer in English." -- Independent

"A fine showcase for the delicate, distinctive skills of Anita Desai." -- Sunday Telegraph

"Desai has a wicked, subtle humour... and her characters are beautifully described." -- Daily Telegraph

‘Fasting, Feasting is a hypnotically readable story, in language which has the precision of poetry… an ambitious , successful and disturbing novel’- The Times

About the Author : Anita Desai was born and educated in India. Her novels Fasting, Feasting, Clear Light of Day and In Custody, were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize. In Custody was filmed by Merchant Ivory Productions. Anita Desai is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as a Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge. She teaches in the Writing Program at MIT and is currently a Visiting Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford. She divides her time between India, Massachusetts, and England.

Author: Anita Desai

ISBN: 0099289636

Size: 12.8cm X 19.8cm

Pages: 227

Price: Rs.428/-


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Packing Weight 0.25 kg
Author Anita Desai
Publisher VINTAGE
Page count 227

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