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The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni download the Ebook: . "The Mistress of Spices is a dazzling tale of misbegotten dreams and desires, hopes. Magical, tantalizing, and sensual, The Mistress of Spices is the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time, in a faraway place, who is trained in the. This content was uploaded by our users and we assume good faith they have the permission to share this book. If you own the copyright to this book and it is.
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Read more Read less. Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. What other items do customers download after viewing this item? Before We Visit the Goddess: A Novel Kindle Edition. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. Oleander Girl: Editorial Reviews site. Ordained after trial by fire, each new spice mistress is sent to a far-off land to cure the life pains of all Indian seekers, while keeping a cool distance from the mortals.
Only stubborn, passionate Tilo, disguised as an old woman merchant in present-day Oakland, California, fails to heed the vengeful spices' warnings. Fragrant with spice and sensuality, this winning tale rolls off the tongue. Divakaruni, author of the award-winning short story collection Arranged Marriage Anchor, , has crafted a fine first novel that makes a smooth transition to the audio format.
Tilo, proprietress of the Spice Bazaar in Oakland, California, is not the elderly Indian woman she appears to be. Trained as a mistress of spices, she evokes the magical powers of the spices of her homeland to help her customers.
These customers, mostly first- or second-generation immigrants, are struggling to adapt their Old World ideals to the unfamiliar and often unkind New World. Though trapped in an old woman's body and forbidden to leave the store, Tilo is unable to keep the required distance from her patrons' lives.
Her yearning to join the world of mortals angers the spices, and Tilo must face the dire consequences of her disobedience. Divakaruni, whose conversational style translates well into audio, blends social commentary and romance into an eloquent novel of the human condition. With superb narration from Sarita Choudhury, this production is highly recommended for all fiction collections.? Beth Farrell, Portage Cty.
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This book is haunting me. It was the one book that I took with me on vacation. The rhythm and cadence of the language really sets the tone and shapes the main character.
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The story is fantastical and the language, if you follow it, leads you along as if it is telling you a myth or a legend. It someone makes the story more poignant. I really liked the story with the exception of the end. For some reason it did not flow for me. Maybe it is simply the disruption of a path that the story has been heading down for many pages that I find jarring. The result is, as I said, haunting. Kindle Edition Verified download. This book was difficult for me.
The author is a brilliant writer, full of imaginative and descriptive settings and characters. However, it required a good deal of slow and concentrated reading for me to try to figure out what was happening and much of the time I did not succeed.
The closest I can get to understanding the characters and the plot is that the book may be an extended metaphor for the spiritual and superstitious beliefs of the Indian culture or perhaps a philosophy of the nature of life put in a mythical setting. Hardcover Verified download.
I have rarely enjoyed a book as much as this one- it transported me to another world adjacent to this one , believable and magical. I loved the author's use of voice and character development, and her knowledge of herbs and Indian culture- Thank you to her!
One person found this helpful. This is the story of Tilo, a young woman who has been trained in the ancient art of spices and ordained as a mistress charged with special powers. As the mistress, she inhabits a crone's body, but the man who falls in love with her can see her the way she really is through her eyes. As one of the reviews says it is a marvelous combination of myth and romance. After some puzzlement with the story line, I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was interesting that as the mistress she was not allowed to leave the shop.
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I have a personal problem with any additional restrictions being place on women, even in this context. But, on each occasion that she went beyond her limitations as a mistress to help someone nothing really bad happened to her, so I guess "its all good". Has anyone used any of the spices mentioned in this book? They sell Fenugreek here in the Commissary, but the bottle does not say what its used for, in the book it says its "renders the body sweet again, ready for loving.
Divakaruni's prose is as sweet and spicy, as teasing and searing as poetry. Open to almost any page and there is a passage there where the words just seem to dance on your tongue. Oh, to be able to write like this! Behind the obvious story of a woman inhabiting creaky bones and old dry skin, who has magical powers to heal, is an allegory: Of the heavy, sometimes cultural, shackles on women and how the ones with strong enough passions overcome them.
In this case, it is forbidden love. I might have given this a five if I had not read another book by the author: The Palace of Illusions:The Space Between Us. A Walk Across the Sun. Subjects Fiction Literature.
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