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Book Title: First Darling of the Morning: Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood|
The author of the book: Thrity Umrigar
Date of issue: October 1st 2003
ISBN 13: 9788172234638
Format files: PDF
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I've been a fan of Thrity Umrigar for several years. Her fiction is masterful. She is a professor at CWRU, and I've wanted to read her memoir ever since I heard her speak at a book signing.
It starts out in a rather depressing fashion, with descriptions of Thrity's raging mother who likes to beat her only child with switches, and even gets a glimmer of enjoyment in her eye when she beats the children she tutors. She is cruel and manipulative. No doubt a victim of her own untold sorrows and disappointments.
Thrity feels like a misfit, and while clearly brilliant, is spoiled and always getting into trouble. She can be fierce, fighting to understand herself and her place in a changing culture.
Then I hit chapter 18, where the author's beloved Uncle Babu dies. Thrity's description of the complex emotions and her responses to this unfathomable, life altering event is incredible. I was stunned into tears in a way that I have not been since reading Allende's Paola.
Paola is a striking homage to death's spirituality, whereas Umrigar records the abject, soulless feelings (she is only 15 years old) she must deal with. The book comes to an abrupt end when Thrity sets foot on an airplane to America. I must search if she's written the sequel.
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They can entertain other ideas, without rejecting them and still retain their own. Having experienced someone else’s life through abstract eyes, they’ve learned what it’s like to leave their bodies and see the world through other frames of reference.
They have access to hundreds of souls, and the collected wisdom of all them. They have seen things you’ll never understand and have experienced deaths of people you’ll never know.
They’ve learned what it’s like to be a woman, and a man. They know what it’s like to watch someone suffer. They are wise beyond their years.
Because reading is something that molds you and adds to your character. Each triumph, lesson and pivotal moment of the protagonist becomes your own.
Every ache, pain and harsh truth becomes yours to bear. You’ve traveled with authors and experienced the pain, sorrow and anguish they suffered while writing through it. You’ve lived a thousand lives and come back to learn from each of them.
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