Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya-Online Book Summary |
Nectar in a Sieve
A village in rural India and an unnamed Indian city, probably in the mid 1900s
The forces of change
Ruku must learn to deal with many changes and hardships in the course of her life
Reflective and hopeful
First Person (the story is told as a flashback from Ruku’s perspective)
Ruku marries, has children, deals with change in her village with the coming of the tannery, suffers floods, deals with her daughter’s failed marriage, loses sons, and suffers drought and starvation.
Ruku and her family lose their land and she and her husband must leave the only life they’ve ever known.
Ruku and Nathan suffer further misfortune in the city and decide to return to the village. Nathan dies before they can do so but Ruku returns to her remaining children.
Hope, Consequence of Change, Traditional Values vs. Modernization, Man vs. Nature, Family
The Tannery, Ira's Dowry, Fireworks, the Dum-Dum Cart, Rain/Water, Rice, Change
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