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Where Shall We Go This Summer Paperback – June 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Orient Paperbacks; 1 edition (June 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8122200885
  • ISBN-13: 978-8122200881
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 4.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,064,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anita Desai, an Indian novelist and short story writer, is especially noted for her sensitive portrayal of the inner life of her female characters. Desai made her debut in 1963 with Cry, The Peacock. She has been a member of the Advisory Board for English of the National Academy of Letters in Delhi and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Desai has taught at Girton College and Smith College in England, and at Mount Holyoke College in the United States. In 1993 she became a creative writing teacher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Desai is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in London. She received the Guardian Award for Children's Fiction for her novel The Village by the Sea (1982) and the 1978 National Academy of Letters Award for Fire on the Mountain. She has won the International Prize - Una Vita per la letterature (a life for literature) for her body of works under the Italian Grinzane Cavour awards.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
If Anita Desai's novels revolve around the theme of alienation and lonliness, then this book is certainly no exception. When the protagonist feels the impact of yet another pregnancy, both the minor irritations and the frank grittiness of life become too much to bear. She shuts down emotionally and escapes physically to the island of her childhood where she hopes to remain pregnant with the baby forever since bringing another child into the world is more that she can handle. Though seemingly fantastical in nature, Anita Desai paints a very vivd portrait of a woman who seems alienated by the very air that she breathes. Readers will be gripped by the storyline though the English may seem somewhat stilted and artificial to the American reader. The tidy summation , as well, seemed a bit simplistic and not exactly what the reader may have hoped for. All in all, a great little book embracing the universal themes of a woman's life.
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