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The Village by the Sea: an Indian family story is a novel for young people by the Indian writer Anita Desai, published in London by Heinemann in It is based on the poverty, hardships and sorrow faced by a small rural, community in India. Desai won the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a book award. A classic survival story by one of India's most acclaimed authors, set in a quiet village outside of Bombay about two siblings who struggle to maintain. The Village by the Sea book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Forgotten by the evolution of the centuries and indifferent. .
Plot[ edit ] The Village by the Sea is set in a small village called Thul in Western India 14 kilometres from Bombay and focuses on a family trying to make ends meet. The main protagonists are Lila, the eldest child who is 13 years old, and her year-old brother Hari. They also have two younger sisters, Bela and Kamal. They live with their mother, who has been chronically ill and is bed-ridden. Their father is an alcoholic, which forces Hari and Lila to manage the family. There is a lot of pressure on them due to the constant demand of meeting their needs. He wasn't earning money but used to take debts from villagers at toddy shop to buy alcohol.
Chu knows how to take a single story from a blue skied mellow to a wrath of the gods storm center and then back again to a sweet peach colored sunset.
She also does a good dog. One question that occurred to me as I read the book was why I immediately thought of it as contemporary. No date accompanies the text.
No elements that plant it firmly in one time or another. By logic, then, the book should have a bit of a historical bent to it. Yet people still fish in villages. Families still wait for the fisherman to return to shore.
The cut of the neck of her shirt. Then there was the way the dishes stack up next to the stove. I dunno. But these things can be hard to judge. It manages to feel old and new all at the same time. It reads like something classic but it looks and feels like something entirely original. A great read aloud, beautifully illustrated, destined to become beloved of parents, librarians, and kids themselves for years to come.
This is a book worth discovering. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person.
Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: I just recently added this one to my LibraryThing account. The illustrations are lovely, and yes, the dog steals the show.
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Extract "Have you? I fell into the creek, you know," he chuckled, "and my watch hasn't worked since. Do you think you can get it to tick? He could hardly believe that he was being asked to do something for the great man who had spoken to him in Bombay and come to Thul to study the birds.
Taking the watch, he shook it gently and held it to his ear. It is very easy to clean and dry that - I did many during the monsoon in Bombay. Then he shot out of his chair, crying, "Adapt!
He did not know the word. Just as birds and animals must do if they are going to survive. Just like the sparrows and pigeons that have adapted themselves to city life and live on food leftovers and rubbish thrown to them in the streets instead of searching for grain and insects in the fields," he explained, "so you will have to adapt to your new environment.
You are going to give up your traditional way of living and learn a new way to suit the new environment that the factor will create at Thul so as to survive. Yes, you will survive.
Hari joins a group of Thul residents who are sailing to Bombay to protest to the mysterious masters at Mantralaya. The village yokel comes to India's most powerful city. I love the book because it tells about a life style and love of a poor family who live in Thul, which is fourteen kilometers away from Bombay.
Recommendation: I strongly recommend this book to people who may have thought they are poor and something they do not have enough to live. Also, to foreigners especially who want to know more about India and about how the people live in India.
She has a beautiful writhing skill, which is smooth and dainty. Summary: Lila is the eldest sister who has taken the role of a mother for her family.
She takes care of her brother, younger two sisters and her ill mother, and her drunkard father. Lila and Hari get a lot of help from this family thus they could live little better, but for them it was not enough to live a better quality of life.
One day, Hari decided to leave Thul to go to Bombay, where dreams come true, to earn money for his family.