Sunday, February 3, 2013

Book Review - Murmur of The Lonely Brook by Debashis Dey

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Page Length: 264
ISBN-10: 0988170000

About The Book:
After marriage Nisha comes to a remote village near the mountainous Tibetan Border to lead a life among a nomadic clan who follow a simple lifestyle with customs and rituals dating back to ancient times. Pravin is happy to marry Nisha, the girl of his choice. Nisha loves her husband but also enjoys the infatuation from his brother. She spends her days happily with a perpetually sad mother-in-law Parvati repenting on her past life sins, a short tempered Shevak, a love-stricken sister-in-law Ria, a kid goat munching everything, a lamb with a baritone bleat and her husband s brother Diwakar lost in dreams.

Everything goes well until Nisha s life is torn apart by a proposal, and assumed betrayal, by the one and only love of her life, her husband Pravin when he suggests common marriage, an ancient tradition still followed in this region in which both brothers share a single wife, Nisha. The family is supportive save Nisha who is horrified by the thought of sharing her love with someone for whom she has a brotherly affection.

She cannot protest or disagree as it will make her an outcast and the family will throw her away. Her universe crumbles and she feels humiliated and tormented with the new turn of events. As ancient ways confront modern mores, Nisha will be torn between her values and age-old customs in this brilliantly observed novel of ancestral folkways and contemporary families.

Will Nisha compromise her values... or will she fight the age old traditions?

Review by Cecilia R (Between The Pages Guest Reviewer)
It's immediately apparent when reading the first chapters of this book how much research and effort the author expended to give readers a familiarity of culture and place. All the back information was interesting and very informative. However, the way the information was presented made the book very hard to get into. There was to much setup information given in the beginning. While the book is suppose to be a love story there is so much back ground information that the relationship elements somehow lose their impact. If the author had sprinkled the information throughout the book so that it did not seem intrusive, this could have been a great read.  One thing I did appreciate was the beautiful cover and how well it portrayed the story inside. I give it 3 stars.



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