1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Returning Home Can Be A Challenge,
This review is from: The Mango Season (Paperback)
I finally got around to reading "The Mango Season" after having it on my shelf for a few years. The author shares with us a familiar life experience of what it means to return home after leaving in our youth. Who hasn't returned home to find the people, places and things you once knew appearing quite different to your travelers' eyes? You eventually discover that it is you that has changed and not home.
I enjoyed learning new and interesting things about the Indian culture. The author gives you a good sense of what its like in India during the summer mango season. Though I never really got the feeling I was actually there, I did buy into the main character Priya's visit home and her dilemma.
The story did at times take on a teen fiction feel, but the attitudes of the characters were very real and well developed. I felt as if I was looking at the world through the eyes of a twenty-five year old. I suppose that was the author's intent with Priya being 27 yrs. old. Advice to older readers, though we may have fond memories of our twenties, it really isn't much fun revisiting those years through a character in a book. Maybe its just me who finds my patience running out in a story when a mature approach in dealing with life issues can bring about a quick resolution to a problem.
Again, enjoyed the cultural education and foods but next time might stay away from cultural family matters being told by a twenty-something.