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The Toss of A Lemon

Viswanathan, Padma (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Spanning the lifetime of one woman (1886-1966), The Toss of a Lemon brings readers intimately into a Brahmin household, into an India in the midst of social and political upheaval. Married at ten, widowed at eighteen, left with two children, Sivakami must wear widow's whites, shave her head, and touch no one from dawn to dusk. She is not allowed to remarry, and in the next sixty years she ventures outside her family compound only three times. She is extremely orthodox in her behavior except for one defiant act: She moves back to her dead husband's house and village to raise her children. That decision sets the course of her children's and grandchildren's lives, twisting their fates in surprising, sometimes heartbreaking ways.
Authors: Viswanathan, Padma, 1968-
Title: The toss of a lemon
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2008
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 619 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Padma Viswanathan
Summary: Spanning the lifetime of one woman (1886-1966), The Toss of a Lemon brings readers intimately into a Brahmin household, into an India in the midst of social and political upheaval. Married at ten, widowed at eighteen, left with two children, Sivakami must wear widow's whites, shave her head, and touch no one from dawn to dusk. She is not allowed to remarry, and in the next sixty years she ventures outside her family compound only three times. She is extremely orthodox in her behavior except for one defiant act: She moves back to her dead husband's house and village to raise her children. That decision sets the course of her children's and grandchildren's lives, twisting their fates in surprising, sometimes heartbreaking ways.
ISBN: 0151015333
9780151015337
Branch Call Number: FICTION VISWANATH 2008
Subject Headings: India Social conditions 20th century Fiction India Social life and customs Fiction Families India Fiction Women India Fiction
Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Topical Term: Families
Women
LCCN: 2008013369
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Spanning the lifetime of one woman, The Toss of a Lemon brings readers intimately into a Brahmin household, into an India in the midst of social and political upheaval.


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Sep 07, 2014
  • indigo33 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This novel is similar in tone to "War and Peace," but set in India and with bright splashes of metaphoric, magic realism. Although centered more around the women-world instead of the man-world, both male and female characters are excellent. Every character is presented just as they are, and it is left to the reader to judge them (or not.) Every detail rings true to the heart and mind.

Jun 28, 2013
  • HilarySquires rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

What a great book! Before I started reading it, I read comments from others that the family names were sometimes difficult to keep straight. So I made my own family tree on paper as I read it. That way, I was able to see all the relationships clearly despite the challenging Indian names.

Dec 07, 2011
  • azor rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This went on and on. I loved parts of it, but it was more a history than a story.

Nov 02, 2010
  • mayfairlady rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

family saga that would have been easier to keep track of if a family tree were provided

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