A spellbinding story of forbidden love. Three continents, three decades, three very disparate lives: Savitri, intuitive and charismatic, grows up among the servants of a pre-war English household in Madras. But the traditional customs of her Brahmin family clash against English upper-class prejudice, threatening her love for the privileged son of the house.
Nataraj, raised as the son of an idealistic doctor in rural South India, finds life in London heady, with girls and grass easily available... until he is summoned back home to face raw reality.
Saroj, her fire hidden by outward reserve, comes of age in Guyana, South America. When her strict, orthodox Hindu father goes one step too far, she finally rebels against him and even against her gentle, apparently docile Ma. But Ma harbors a deep secret, one that binds these three disparate lives and hurtles them toward a truth that could destroy their world.
"A vast canvas of memorable characters across a kaleidoscope of cultures.... Her epic story feels like an authentic reflection of a world full of sadness, joy and surprise." (The Observer)
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Narration is terrible
The story is no doubt great but I have only listened to one hour of the nineteen and I am having to give up due to the irritating robotic narration. The voice is peculiar and staccato in delivery style. Words are also pronounced in a peculiar way and this is also irritating. I am not sure if I can continue with the book on audible and may have to read it on kindle.
The book is fine but the narration makes me angry.
Be careful choosing the narrator and try out the voice on listeners before you commit to 19 hours with an irritating style of delivery.
A beautiful story, brilliantly written.
I loved this book and admire Sharon Maas' ability to weave a gripping story. Highly recommended. I just found that Anne Flosnik's f's often sound like p's and that is a bit irritating - e.g. Chapter 55 sounds like "pipty pibe".