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The Tree Bride By Bharati Mukherjee,

  • Title: The Tree Bride
  • Author: Bharati Mukherjee
  • ISBN: 9780786888665
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • National Book Critics Circle Award winner Bharati Mukherjee has long been known not only for her elegant, evocative prose but also for her characters influenced by ancient customs and traditions but also very much rooted in modern times In The Tree Bride, the narrator, Tara Chatterjee whom readers will remember from Desirable Daughters , picks up the story of an East BeNational Book Critics Circle Award winner Bharati Mukherjee has long been known not only for her elegant, evocative prose but also for her characters influenced by ancient customs and traditions but also very much rooted in modern times In The Tree Bride, the narrator, Tara Chatterjee whom readers will remember from Desirable Daughters , picks up the story of an East Bengali ancestor According to legend, at the age of five Tara Lata married a tree and eventually emerged as a nationalist freedom fighter In piecing together her ancestor s transformation from a docile Bengali Brahmin girl child into an impassioned organizer of resistance against the British Raj, the contemporary narrator discovers and lays claim to unacknowledged elements in her American identity Although the story of the Tree Bride is central, the drama surrounding the narrator, a divorced woman trying to get back with her husband, moves the novel back and forth through time and across continents.
    The Tree Bride National Book Critics Circle Award winner Bharati Mukherjee has long been known not only for her elegant evocative prose but also for her characters influenced by ancient customs and traditions but a

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    1. Bharati Mukherjee s language and prose is definitely beautiful and poetic, but that s not always a good thing Overall, I felt like this book was extremely hard to follow Often events would occur that I would not understand because the author s description was unclear, or that occurred suddenly, with little foreshadowing or apparent motive on the part of the acting character This may be due in part to the fact that we never know what any of the characters are thinking or feeling, not even the nar [...]

    2. If I were the kind of person who could stop reading in the middle of a book, I wouldn t have finished this one I was really looking forward to reading this novel about Indian culture by a woman writer, and the premise seemed totally interesting, but it was a let down I had a lot of trouble following the relationships between characters, like you actually need to sit and write it out to keep it straight Once you do, there s no real payoff There are supposed to be these ta da moments when these co [...]

    3. I particularly enjoyed the way the novel discusses British Indian relations during India s period of colonization After reading The Tree Bride, I felt like I had better understanding of the varying mindsets in their highly nuanced society of that period As for the story, I liked how the main character s quest to find her roots in India leads her to uncover old mysteries that have caught up with her present life in the US However, I felt that the novel had many story lines that weren t cohesively [...]

    4. I read this one on my holidays this week, and it was all right But it dotted about a bit much for me, confussing all the plots and characters in my head a little bit And the tree bride of the title didn t feature that much really, which was disappointing Perhaps the most interesting part, I found anyway, was the story of John Mist, the young English lad who gets himself on a ship bound for Calcutta, and ends up getting mixed up with the British India Trading Company But again, there wasn t enoug [...]

    5. If this were a library book I wouldn t have finished it, but since I bought it I felt like I should read the whole thing It was so disappointing First of all, there is not very much mentioned of the title character Instead it s a history of a town in present day Bangladesh Even the parts that dealt with a young English foundling traveling to what was then India in the 1700s was not all that interesting The English man who had been an overseer in the town was now a bitter and hateful old man The [...]

    6. I most enjoyed the elaborate descriptive layers of the characters hate love relationships with the cultures, countries and life in which they found themselves This is why I think the book deserves three stars I thought the end could have been better, it was a bit of a disappointment when it boiled down to a phantom deed.

    7. It looked very promising, but was very dry It focused on numerous stories, and mostly not the ones I enjoyed Mukherjee is definitely a talented writer, but the plot did not draw me in I wanted to know about the tree bride, and the narrator and it mostly focused on a British men in India.

    8. While beautifully written the images conveyed are gorgeous , I felt that the book didn t really end I felt that certain story lines just stopped with no conclusion so I was left wanting .

    9. An expressive mix of past and present, Bharati Mukherjee s The Tree Bride is a sequel to the novel, The Desirable Daughters, where Tara Chatterjee tries to identify what is right and what is wrong in Indian culture for a daughter A woman who has broken ties with her country and traditions, but still remains tied to it.Book Review The Desirable Daughtersshabdstudio book review deThe Tree Bride opens with Tara Chatterjee, who is now reconciled with her previously divorced husband Bish A bombing at [...]

    10. The authors purpose for writing the Tree Bride was to encourage people to stand up for what they believe in, and to inform readers what Indian was and is like today Not a lot of people know the history of what went on in Indian in the past She also wanted to inspire people to follow what they believe in like Tara did when she chased after finding information on her ancestral grandmothers past.The theme of this book is to establish the difference between self and society Tara had to defy her soci [...]

    11. I d like to think I would have liked this book better if I d read Desirable Daughters Then again, maybe not I dove into this wanting a book about a woman married to a tree But the Tree Bride hardly makes an appearance until the last 50 pages of the book, and even at that her story has the feel of being told at a great remove, without any of the immediacy of the other parts This not only disappoints on a personal level, it also makes the book s resolution someone hard to swallow as a logical conc [...]

    12. This was a beautifully written book and I enjoyed the history about India Burma during and following the British occupation We get both British and Indian perspectives There were times when it felt so realistic, I wondered if it was a true story There were other times when I didn t completely follow the story line So while I enjoyed it, I didn t love it I had difficulty remembering the relationships between the characters, and never really got the big wrap up for some of the MAIN plot points The [...]

    13. I expected from this book And I don t want to discourage anyone from reading it as they might see it differently I like the concept that drives the plot as an Indian American woman becomes interested in her family who came from Bengali A Great Aunt was married to a tree when she was 5 and her 12 year old groom died as he was being brought to the ceremony This act freed her from life with a husband altho she never left her homeplace The story line goes back and forth from the future and past The [...]

    14. This book is a bit different than what I usually read It was a bit of a struggle sometimes, there are stories within stories and the writing style didn t flow so smoothly But it was worth it, I have a better understanding of India and her history PS If India interests you look for these three movies directed by Deepa Mehta Fire 1996 , Earth 1998 , and Water 2005.I watched Water first, it was BREATH TAKING

    15. Nicely written book poetic and literate Though it was a novel, it contained much British Indian history that I knew nothing about The story was difficult to follow at times There were four parts I was totally involved in the second one and almost bored in the third one Initially, I felt confused by the plot line and characters in various time periods Eventually, everything all came together.

    16. This is the sequel to Desirable Daughters Like that novel, this one is pretty strange However, while that worked for Desirable Daughters, this time it fell flat in a lot of places All the delving into speculation of what happened in the past didn t work as well as what was happening in the present There were also too many unanswered questions So, while I liked this book and it is worth a read, it was definitely not as good a read as Desirable Daughters.

    17. I loved the title and concept of the Tree Bride and was very disappointed that the book did not do anything besides mention the Tree Bride in the prologue and last chapters of the book That would have been an extremely compelling story What this story is about is an extremely confused plot involving British officers and an Indian American woman journeying home The plotline is convoluted and not very interesting Unfortunate, because the book could have been really great.

    18. Most tangent filled, disorganized thing I ve ever tried to read.Tells you who dies gets injured goes missing before a band of pirates attack Ridiculous What reason do I have to read the scene if I already have the crucial information Spoils itself Then it jumps back to the book intro where the author goes on about why she wrote the book I d like to read the book in chronological order and then find an interview if I want to know why she wrote it.

    19. The second in a planned trilogy, coming after Desirable Daughters Mukherjee s metaphors are like fine wine in this novel, and her characters are full, with robust, engaging backstories I did have some trouble remembering the plot at the beginning, as it connects to DD, but I d also be offended by a review of any sort, so I m not sure of the solution I can t wait for the third and final in the trilogy where is it

    20. An interesting story about ancestry and colonial IndiaI found that the main character s search for truth in her past and the intimation that her present life is affected by this to be enchanting However, I felt that there was a lack of depth in her recounting of the past Perhaps I was searching for an account of power and poetics, while she was simply retelling a version of her family story

    21. The first half was five stars, the second half three stars It started out as a fascinating look at both colonial India and modern day Indian brahmins Then it introduces a character even the narrator doesn t care for to take over the third section of the book And the last section doesn t seem to tie up the loose ends maybe intentionally

    22. A beautifully crafted, dense novel that begins in present day San Francisco, travels far back through generations to a village in India, and returns to SF My understanding of British colonialism and its effects on India were enhanced by this novel It is also intriguing and unfolds a generational mystery.

    23. I enjoyed this book, but I wish it was longer The author focuses on four seperate stories, I wanted to know about three of them I liked the writing and the story and will definately read by this author.

    24. I dunno I m not a Mukherjee fan.just don t care for her style, I guess But strangely addicted to this book It helps that it s the book I m carrying around in my purse for waiting at the drs office, etc.

    25. I tried but I just couldn t finish this one I give the author credit for the beautiful descriptions and language, and I thank her for explaining how the British shaped India.but I just couldn t read than a page or two at a time It was very hard to progress and I finally set it aside.

    26. Learned lots about India in the colonial period More going on in this book than I could pick up on for example, there is a lot of symbolism Great storytelling about complex people The story about British agent James Treadwell was compelling.

    27. I agree with the other reviews which say that this book is hard to follow Despite sticking with it, there wasn t much of a payoff compared to other ambiguous stories I ve read, like Midnight s Children.

    28. some bits interesting most of it too confusing to attempt to connect story lines if I wasn t stuck in the hospital at the time, I would have shelved it thank goodness it was a library book and I didn t spend a penny on it

    29. I am giving this novel a 5 on writing skill and suspense, but a mere 2 on plot denouement I am sorry but I found the neat wrap up of the mysterious bombing way y y beyond plausible I absolutely loved the book until the last couple of chapters The tempo and writing style are superb.

    30. Born to a wealthy Calcutta family, Mukherjee lived in Britain as a child and is now a professor at U.C Berkeley Her life of migration and assimilation informs her work, but critics agree that grander themes play out in Tree Bride

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