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The Conch Bearer (Brotherhood of the Conch) Paperback – March 1, 2005
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Book Award and the internation Premio Scanno Prize. Divakaruni also writes for children and young adults.
Her latest novel is Oleander Girl (Simon and Schuster, 2013). Her upcoming novel is Before We Visit the Goddess (about 3 generations of women-- grandmother, mother and daughter-- who each examine the question "what does it mean to be a successful woman." April 2016, Simon & Schuster.)
Two of her books, The Mistress of Spices and Sister of My Heart, have been made into movies. Her novels One Amazing Thing and Palace of Illusions have been optioned. Her collection of stories, Arranged Marriage has been made into a play.
She was born in India and came to the United States to continue her education, receiving a Master's degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
She currently teaches in the nationally ranked Creative Writing program at the Univ. of Houston. She serves on the Advisory board of Maitri in the San Francisco Bay Area and Daya in Houston, organizations that help South Asian or South Asian American women in abusive situations. She is also closely involved with Pratham, an organization that helps educate children (especially those living in urban slums) in India.
She has judged several prestigious awards, such as the National Book Award and the PEN Faulkner Award.
She lives in Houston with her husband Murthy and has two sons, Anand and Abhay (whose names she has used in her children's novels).
Top Customer Reviews
I read and reviewed this book for a book competition; the aim, to encourage young readers to read more.
The descriptions of food were so vivid in this novel I actually went out to my fave Indian restaurant upon finishing it, and then bought some frozen samosas and some other Indian foods after it. It was really an enjoyable book, but I give it four stars because I just felt something was missing. The description of the culture was great, but I wonder if it would have been if I didn't know all about the food prior to reading it. The battles between good and evil should have been much more dramatic. It took me about a week to get halfway through it, and then I finally got hooked. I can't really explain what was missing, but there was a little something. Still, it was really an excellent book.
The Conch Bearer follows a poor boy named Anand who lives in a shack with his mother and mentally ill sister, Meera. Anand is laughed at by school children and has to work many hours every day just to earn a few dollars a month. Then one day, a sorcerer named Abhaydatta follows Anand home and heals Meera. Abhaydatta then invites Anand to follow him on a mystical quest to return the magical conch to the Brotherhood.
I love Anand and his family. I love Nisha, the adorable street girl who accompanies Anand and Abhaydatta to become the first Sister of the Brotherhood.
The one thing that absolutely ruins the story happens near the end when Anand forces his family to forget all about him so he can join the brotherhood without guilt. The story would have been so hopeful and good if it had not been for the conclusion.
The Conch Bearer is a good read, but the ending is not consistent with any of the story's values.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book. We got it yesterday and my husband is already almost done with it and wanting the second one!Published 9 months ago by Brian & Samantha
I purchased this for my granddaughter and she loved it. I read it first and didn't want to give it to her.Published 10 months ago by lovebooks
An earlier work, this one was slow and
almost unreadable. The print was too small
to go along with the story.
...to further goodness in the world.”
Twelve-year-old Anand works in a tea stall in Kolkata, India, a job he was forced to take when his father disappeared after... Read more
Although my son is in 5th grade and reads plenty on his own, we still enjoy reading together. This is one of the best books that I have read to him in quite a while. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Mrs.KSH
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is my all time FAVORITE author. I can't keep enough of my favorites on hand, because she is simply an amazing story teller and so I share her stories a... Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by H. Foster
She weaves a tale of mysterious adventure & joy.
It is spiritual & picaresque .
Enjoyed so much , bought a number of copies for gifts.
I am a thirty year old college student and in a Children's Literature class I was assigned to read a children's book about a different culture. Read morePublished on April 18, 2011 by Dee Licon
I just finished reading The Conch Bearer. It is an amazing book! You get to go on a journey with Anand (the main character.)This is one of the best books I have ever read. Read morePublished on April 24, 2010 by rainy day reader