At a glance:
- Author: Anita Desai
- First Published: 1980
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Psychological realism
- Time of Work: Summer, 1947, and fifteen years before and after
- Setting: the suburbs of Old Delhi
- Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Impressionistic literature, Family literature, Character study, Novel
- Subjects: Children, Family or family life, Self-discovery, Memory, Politics, 1940's, Guilt, Brothers and sisters, Sisters, India or East Indian people, Disabilities or physically challenged persons, Weddings, Tuberculosis, Family reunions, Diplomacy or diplomats
- Locales: Asia, India, Old Delhi, India
Bim Das, a history teacher. The unmarried, eldest Das daughter, now over forty, still lives in the decaying family home situated on the outskirts of Old Delhi. Slightly heavy and turning gray, Bim is not particularly attractive and makes little effort to be so. Her energy and capability, along with her keen understanding, compensate for whatever she lacks physically. Shown through flashbacks in her younger years, Bim has always been at peace with herself and managed to convey that quality to others. She represents the old India: spiritual,...
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