Scholar and Gypsy

by Anita Desai | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 1857997654 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Cordelia-anne of Someplace, Georgia USA on 1/4/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by Cordelia-anne from Someplace, Georgia USA on Saturday, January 04, 2020
"Scholar and Gypsy" is the final story from Anita Desai's wonderful GAMES AT TWILIGHT short story collection. In it a New England rural soul, Pat, and her scholar husband David, who is writing his dissertation, encounter India. Desai vividly describes the people and landscapes. Strangely the mountainous north of India with its Buddhist temples and imported American hippies, the most poetically described of Desai's India in this story, transforms Pat and reveals the under-seams of her marriage that were beginning to show in Bombay and New Delhi, places where David was fascinated and enchanted with India. Pat did not share his enthusiasm for those people and places and David does not share her enthusiasm for the North. Also included are the stories "Pineapple Cake" and "Pigeons at Daybreak," other selections from the GAMES AT TWILIGHT, which was published in 1978. (https://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/15790699)

This is a small Phoenix (60p) Paperback edition, published in 1996.

Journal Entry 2 by Cordelia-anne at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, January 04, 2020

Released 4 mos ago (1/4/2020 UTC) at Nashua, New Hampshire USA

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Lately I have really been enjoying Anita Desai. I thought of GoryDetails for this miniature edition of three of her short stories because "Scholar and Gypsy" is an East meets New England story--or a New England meets India story--and because GoryDetails loves to geocache. Further, New England readers seem to be real sports, ready to read and journal our BookCrossing books. May this one go far!

Journal Entry 3 by wingGoryDetailswing at Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Monday, January 13, 2020
The book arrived today, along with the beautiful card; thanks so much! I love the vintage typewriter on the cover of the book, and look forward to reading it!

Later: I thoroughly enjoyed the three stories in this little book. "Scholar and Gypsy" dealt with a couple visiting Bombay, where the wife is overwhelmed by the heat, humidity, and general atmosphere, while her unsympathetic husband goes about his work in relative contentment. When she does convince him to go to the much cooler high-altitude town of Minali, he's astonished at how quickly the cool restores her - and debilitates him. He's also not keen on the eclectic inhabitants of the area, and the fault lines in the marriage don't survive the stress...

"Pineapple Cake" is a simple-seeming tale of a child whose mother has been bribing him to behave with the promise of the titular treat - but she's clearly not paying any attention to the child's own needs and fears, and her tone-deafness leads to a small-tragedy conclusion.

"Pigeons at Daybreak" is another domestic-discomfort tale, here with a man whose wife insists on reading the paper to him - focusing on stories of crimes, cruelties, and unpleasant deaths. It looks as though it'll be another breakup story, but events take a different turn.

Exquisite - and often uncomfortable - looks at the minutiae of relationships and daily life.

Released 1 mo ago (4/8/2020 UTC) at New Hampshire geocache (see notes for details) in -- Geocaches, New Hampshire USA

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

Guidelines for safely visiting and stocking Little Free Libraries during the COVID-19 pandemic, from the LFL site here.

I left this little book, bagged for protection, in the roomy Cannonball Blast geocache in Roby Park, Nashua; hope someone enjoys it!

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*** Released for the 2020 Keep Them Moving challenge. ***

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