Difficult Daughters [Manju Kapur] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Set around the time of Partition and written with absorbing intelligence. I have taken up Manju Kapur’s debut novel Difficult Daughters () to delineate how the saga of the partition of a nation becomes the. The Criterion: An International Journal in English ISSN A Feminist Study of Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters Bijender Singh .

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Therefore there is a lot of fore-shadowing and we pretty much know where the story is going and how it is going to end. Virmati, the narrator’s mother, was a women who was misfit for the society of her time. In the first part of the story one sees a young girl enamoured by an older more sophisticated man. On the whole, it I began the book with very high expectations.

The novel opens with a crematory scene where Ida is a daughter of main protagonist of the novel, Virmati. Quotes from Difficult Daughters. Or even to Virmati, who finds that the battle for her own independence has created irrevocable lines of partition and pain around her. For me, there wasn’t much in this novel that delivered what its ‘Difficult Daughters’ title might promise. Virmati is the eldest daughter of an affluent Arya Samaj family which encourages education but not independent thinking for their girls.

He often comes homes late and Astha keeps on waiting to spend some time with him. But if you live in a traditional society and decide to transgress its rules, you must be aware of the consequences.

Swap 3 have, 9 want. I find with this novel, the treasure isn’t so much in love as it is in the struggle to chose your own way. Sarup and Sons, The book starts with a daughter at her mother’s funeral, filled with conflicting emotions and the realisation that she didn’t really know her mother. Her second novel A Married Woman was called ‘fluent and witty’ in the Independent, while her third, Homewas described as ‘glistening with detail and emotional acuity’ in the Sunday Times.


She was still Vol. She is married in a traditional family. However the novel was at its best when describing the love s Virmati falls for a married man, Harish, so with that and her desire for education things get tricky at home in a middle class family in Amitsar in the s. In the end, the narrator wanted the memory of Virmati to leave her. Virmati’s mother’s life is confining to her, a life where the purpose is to please one’s spouse and family.

They are the conscious women who are using their energy in reforming and creative activities. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Interstingly, what starts as a personal story is actually a narrator relating This book starts of as a story of a young girl in pre-partition India, in a large and chaotic extended family which has big hopes of an arranged marriage.

She bears eleven children. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. What is sad, for me, is the lack of communication between the women.

Difficult Daughters

That the Profe Set around the time of Partition and written with absorbing intelligence and sympathy, Difficult Daughters is the story of a woman torn between family diffkcult, the desire for education, and illicit love.

Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms. Trivia About Difficult Daughters. The themes of independence and partition are something Indians identify with.

As much as I liked the beginning of the book, I found it very hard to cheer for a character so silly and blind, so incapable of deeper consideration or caring for anything except daughterd lover.

The novel is set at the backdrop of Partition and Freedom Movement of India. He does not accept Virmati socially and keeps continuing his illicit relationships with her. True to his nickname, he is actually looking for a student. Kasturi, Virmati, Astha or Ida are victimized of the rotten-rules of vaughters patriarchal society. Initially, I empathised with the Professor — here is a man who went to study in Oxford, came back and had to marry an illiterate woman the family had chosen for him.


I met Madhu Kapur before I read her first book. Difficult Daughters by Manju Kapur.

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I found it hard to like any of the characters. Once married, he sends her off to get an MA – as if to intellectually upgrade his trophy wife. Her own family shunned her and she was never welcomed in her new family. Their only validation seems to come from marrying and having children, preferably sons.

The relationship between the Professor and Virmati has been portrayed well and Virmati’s growth has been traced beautifully through asides, thoughts, musings and small actions. Glad that Manju Kapur is writing, glad that publishers are printing books about women, about partition, about sex, and about families. The book is like many other books written about an Indian family in the pre-independence era.

They are using their minds organizing participating in conference, politically active, while my time is being spent in love. If the narrative was going to be so character focused, I would have liked more time spent ruminating on feelings, emotions, all that sappy stuff that makes events and surroundings lively or engaging or devastating.

She rebels against her family to get her love. This is the happiest period in Virmati’s life she spends in Nahan, the capital of Sirmaur. Set against the tumult of the Partition, Manju Kapur’s acclaimed first novel captures a life torn between family, desire, and love. For many readers with the freedom to stupidly love where we chose, Tradition, tradition, tradition She has to let go of an unwanted marriage which infuriates her family A Fabulous book which explores the identity of a woman in society and an individual search for independence from the norms of society.

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