Monday, August 12, 2013

Book Review: The Immigrant by Manju Kapur

On the jacket: 

Nina, at thirty, sees herself as increasingly off the shelf. But then unexpectedly, a proposal arrives. Ananda is a dentist in Halifax, Canada. The two marry and she leaves her home and her country to build a new life with him. But there is always more to marriage than courtship. And as Nina discovers truths about her husband - both sexual and emotional - her fragile new life in Canada begins to unravel. The Immigrant is another mesmerizing saga about the complexities of arranged marriage and NRI life from this most beloved of novelists.

Review:
I have always been a fan of Manju Kapur. Difficult Daughters and Custody are books I have re-read over time. The Immigrant is also based on similar lines of human emotions and family drama.

Kapur's books are not be read in a hurry, they need to be relished at ease, savoring every emotion that has been woven in the plot. A story of Nina and Ananda. Nina is someone a lot of us cold identify with or has friends who can. 30, single and unmarried, working, with an ageing mother at home; with family and the society badgering her for good news - marriage.

Nina, a professor, is shown to marry Ananda, a dentist, well-settled in Canada. Life begins on a happy note, after she moves to Canada with him and hits a low when she couldn't conceive. They start drifting apart and subsequently,  they both cheat on each other. In the meanwhile, she takes up to train to be a librarian. By the time, her course is over, Nina and Ananda have nothing left to share with or give to each other.

Beautifully written, a bit slow, yet an engrossing read.

Rating: ****/5

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.] 

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