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Bitter Sweets

av Roopa Farooki

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In 1950s Bengal, Henna Rub, a precocious, wayward teenager, brings off a brilliant marriage to a wealthy romantic, Ricky Karim, trapping him with a web of lies that she has spun with her wheeler-dealer father. And so on his wedding night, believing himself married to an educated, sonnet-reading, tennis-playing soul mate, Ricky is horrified to discover that his new bride is in fact a lazy, illiterate, shopkeeper's daughter. As Ricky and Henna uneasily tolerate their loveless marriage, the way is paved for a future of double-lives and complicit deception--an unspoken family tradition that is inherited by their daughter Shona. But two decades later, with her own children grown, it is Shona who is forced to discover unpalatable truths about her loved ones.… (mer)

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The writing is okay, but a little too simple for my current mood. I liked the premise (a girl born to parents in an arranged marriage that was "arranged" with deceit and how lies become effortless) more than I liked the way it played out. Too many generations, and I never cared about any of the characters. 2.5 stars. ( )
  ljohns | Jun 15, 2020 |
(7.5) An impressive debut novel. This follows three generations of a Bangladeshi family and their immigration to England. Their family life becomes grounded in deception until a crisis occurs and Shona decides it is time to tell the truth for all of them to achieve happiness. A satisfying read and I look forward to reading more of her work. ( )
  HelenBaker | Feb 14, 2017 |
I really wanted to love this book more than I ended up loving this book. It reminded me much of Jhumpa Lahiri’s works (whom I wrote my master thesis on the collective works of), but I found it lacking in refinement that I think some time and more writing will help this author flourish brilliant with in the future.

I very much love that it was a general tale, told across multiple families for playing with postcolonial themes, and I’ll be keeping an eye on this author in the future. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Oct 3, 2016 |
It was a good story.
The plot was a little too convenient and predictable. I found some of the characters two-dimensional - stereotypical and overwritten.
However, it was entertaining and clearly based on some of the aspects of the author's own life. ( )
  GardeniaP | Mar 21, 2016 |
I loved Half Life by Roopa Farooki, but unfortunately Bitter Sweets fell a little short. An interesting story, but kind of all over the place at the same time. ( )
  erelsi183 | Nov 18, 2013 |
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By the end of this enjoyably breezy book it becomes clear that Ms. Farooki has been maneuvering her characters toward a major showdown. She contrives a twist of fate that will drag their hidden lives into the light. To her credit she does not make “Bitter Sweets” descend into either screwball revelations or angry ones. Despite its emphasis on deception, dislocation and the loss of love, her book retains a cheery consistency: It has managed to be sunnily devious from the start. And it delivers a refreshing message. Only by means of all their elaborate deceptions do these characters figure out who they really are.
 
As a debut work from a female novelist writing about the Bangladeshi diaspora, Bitter Sweets will invite comparison with Monica Ali's Brick Lane. Don't be deceived by Farooki's lighter, less political touch - at the heart of her intimate canvas lies a compelling emotional rigour.
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Henna was thirteen when she was gleefully married off to the eldest son of one of the best families in Calcutta, and her marriage was achieved by an audacious network of lies as elaborate and brazen as the golden embroidery on her scarlet wedding sari.
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In 1950s Bengal, Henna Rub, a precocious, wayward teenager, brings off a brilliant marriage to a wealthy romantic, Ricky Karim, trapping him with a web of lies that she has spun with her wheeler-dealer father. And so on his wedding night, believing himself married to an educated, sonnet-reading, tennis-playing soul mate, Ricky is horrified to discover that his new bride is in fact a lazy, illiterate, shopkeeper's daughter. As Ricky and Henna uneasily tolerate their loveless marriage, the way is paved for a future of double-lives and complicit deception--an unspoken family tradition that is inherited by their daughter Shona. But two decades later, with her own children grown, it is Shona who is forced to discover unpalatable truths about her loved ones.

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