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The Rice Mother Paperback – Bargain Price, July 27, 2004
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Rani Manicka was born in Malaysia and spent her childhood on a long white, beach in the company of natural storytellers. But when she was six, she was stuffed into a uniform and banished to school. In protest, she quickly mastered the art of reading novels during class. Though, she had never dreamed of writing herself, a chance encounter with a woman scorned in an Italian restaurant inspired her first plot.
Her first novel The Rice Mother, Infused with her own Sri Lankan family history, is a vividly imaginative story about the frailties of human nature and the terrible consequences of war. It won a Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2003. Her subsequent novel, Touching Earth is a dark and compelling tale of love, betrayal and addiction. The Japanese Lover, set in Malaya during the Japanese occupation is an absorbing tale of the intense passion between captor and captured. Rani's books have been translated into 26 languages. She lives with the two great loves of her life; Her partner and their beautiful son/dog.
Rani Manicka's latest novel BLACK JACK is out NOW
Top Customer Reviews
The central character is Lakshmi, and we see the wondrous and often frightening world of Malaysia in the first half of the 20th century largely through her eyes and experiences. She marries and raises six children, fighting fiercely for them and facing terrible struggles and tragedies. She is a fascinating character telling her story forthrightly. At times I loved her and at times I wanted to reach into the book and shake her, but she and her world were 100% real to me as I read the book.
But she isn't the only narrator, and this is where the book became really fascinating to me. Her husband, sons and daughters and eventually grandchild and great-grand child (as well as a few secondary characters) tell portions of the story through their eyes, adding perspective to the overall narrative and enlightening the reader on portions of the story that the other characters didn't directly observe. Each of the characters had a very distinctive voice and the shifts in tone and narration added dimensions to the story. Although the first half of the book is stronger with Lakshmi front and center, and loses some focus and steam once her grand daughter and great-grand daughter move to the forefront, events and themes ultimately come to a satisfying conclusion.
While the story can be at times quite harrowing and sad, it made for a great read and kept me completely engrossed in its world as I read. I look forward to other books by this author.Read more ›
There is much sadness in this book, yet I wouldn't say it was a sad book. It reflects the realities of happiness and tragedy within a family.
I bought this book randomly and was pleasantly suprised. I wanted the book to never end! I'm truly looking forward to Rani Manicka's second novel.
While reading this book you become an unseen family member of the characters, you share their happiness, pain, disappointment and so on.
The book is extraordinarily well written with sophisticated vocabulary and leaves no one untouched.
I don't want to reveal too much of the story, you just need to read the Rice mother to be able to understand what a great book this is!
I strongly recommend it.
Should this author write another novel available in english - I would definitely read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this book an excellent read. Rani Manicka is a skilled writer and is able to hold the readers interest by spinning a gripping and thoughtful yarn.Published 19 hours ago by Amazon Customer
The book kept me interested. At times I would get discouraged and than the storyline would bring it back to There Is Hope everyday.Published 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
I reading loved The Japanese Lover and couldn't wait to read another Rani Manicki novel. The Rice Mother didn't disappoint, such an interesting book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathleen 🍀
I liked the book for its colorful representation of cultures and destinies throughout the time. It is beautifully written. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Olga
This book is beautifully written. If you liked "In the Shadow of the Banyan", you will love "The Rice Mother." Manicka's descriptions are captivating. Read morePublished 12 months ago by B. J. Taylor
I see that the author lived in Malasia and the writing has a nice style and turn of word. However I Was really put off when she mensions lemurs in the undergrowth. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pamela Henline