The Mango Season

by Amulya Malladi | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0345450310 Global Overview for this book
Registered by loveamystery of Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on 4/3/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by loveamystery from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Friday, April 03, 2009
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Amazon Editorial Review:
From the acclaimed author of A Breath of Fresh Air, this beautiful novel takes us to modern India during the height of the summer’s mango season. Heat, passion, and controversy explode as a woman is forced to decide between romance and tradition.
Every young Indian leaving the homeland for the United States is given the following orders by their parents: Don’t eat any cow (It’s still sacred!), don’t go out too much, save (and save, and save) your money, and most important, do not marry a foreigner. Priya Rao left India when she was twenty to study in the U.S., and she’s never been back. Now, seven years later, she’s out of excuses. She has to return and give her family the news: She’s engaged to Nick Collins, a kind, loving American man. It’s going to break their hearts.
Returning to India is an overwhelming experience for Priya. When she was growing up, summer was all about mangoes—ripe, sweet mangoes, bursting with juices that dripped down your chin, hands, and neck. But after years away, she sweats as if she’s never been through an Indian summer before. Everything looks dirtier than she remembered. And things that used to seem natural (a buffalo strolling down a newly laid asphalt road, for example) now feel totally chaotic.
But Priya’s relatives remain the same. Her mother and father insist that it’s time they arranged her marriage to a “nice Indian boy.” Her extended family talks of nothing but marriage—particularly the marriage of her uncle Anand, which still has them reeling. Not only did Anand marry a woman from another Indian state, but he also married for love. Happiness and love are not the point of her grandparents’ or her parents’ union. In her family’s rule book, duty is at the top of the list.
Just as Priya begins to feel she can’t possibly tell her family that she’s engaged to an American, a secret is revealed that leaves her stunned and off-balance. Now she is forced to choose between the love of her family and Nick, the love of her life.
As sharp and intoxicating as sugarcane juice bought fresh from a market cart, The Mango Season is a delightful trip into the heart and soul of both contemporary India and a woman on the edge of a profound life change.

I absolutely loved this book! This is reserved for the next round of my Two Worlds virtual Bookbox.

Journal Entry 2 by loveamystery at Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Friday, March 26, 2010

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I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Journal Entry 3 by rapturina from Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, May 22, 2010
It's here! I'd never heard of this book before, but it sounds very interesting. I hope I will get to it soon. :D

Journal Entry 4 by rapturina at Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, June 26, 2010
I finished reading this a while ago. While it was an interesting story I kept waiting for the "secret" promised on the backflap to turn up, but I think I missed it. I hate it when a story is totally different than the backflap claims. :D Anyway, I enjoyed the read and the descriptions of India, and thought it was an interesting premise. I also liked how the book didn't have a neat ending with everybody happy again, as so often happens but it is not very realistic. :D

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