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The Village by the Sea (A Puffin Book)

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From the beginning chapters of Village by the Sea we can see that while the setting of Thul is an immensely beautiful place, the suffering that the family undergoes is severe. Father is a drunk, who can no longer work and support his family. Mother is very ill with an undiagnosed disease. The eldest children, Lila and Hari, are only thirteen and twelve, respectively, but it is up to them to eke out a living for themselves and their family. They do not go to school anymore because they cannot afford it, food is scarce, their hut is dismal, and their futures are uncertain. Desai based this story on a real family and decided to tell it to children, but later in life came to regret it; she told an interviewer that she made it a sort of fairy tale and “certainly [the real family’s] lives didn't end as happily as I made out in the book.” She also said, “I wrote [ Village by the Sea] that way for children. I felt immensely dissatisfied with it and admitted to myself that I would have written it quite differently if I hadn't been writing it for children.” a village by the sea ' পড়লাম। আহামরি কিছু লাগে নি। লেখিকার ভাষা সাংঘাতিক সুন্দর - মহারাষ্ট্রের উপকূলবর্তী ধীবর-সম্প্রদায়ের জীবনযাত্রার এতো চমৎকার বিবরণ দুর্লভ। কিন্তু চরিত্রদের গভীরতা খুব একটা খুঁজে পেলাম না - গল্পের মধ্যে তাৎপর্যকর কোনো উপলব্ধি নেই। ভাইবোন হরি আর লীলার চরিত্রগুলোকে যেন ঠিক পুরো বুঝে উঠতে পারলাম না। লীলাকে তাও কিছুমাত্রায় বুঝতে পারি - হরিকে একটুও না। উপন্যাসটি হয়তো কিশোর-উপন্যাস হিসাবে কিছুমাত্রায় চলতে পারে। কিন্তু মনে খুব সাংঘাতিক দাগ কাটলো না। পড়া যায়, যদিও। লেখিকার ভাষা সাবলীল, সংযত । Angus Macdonald, Development Advisor, added: “We are not trying to build a city centre development; we will be creating a waterside village. The launch in September was a real celebration of both the history of Mount Wise and its future. Another massive storm breaks out in Bombay and there is chaos in the streets. There are only a few customers in the restaurant so the boys get to listen to the radio. To Hari’s distress, he hears reports of fisherman from Alibagh lost in the storm. He is desperately worried and cannot stem the tide of his memories. He longs for his family and his people and his home. Meena Khorana (1991). The Indian Subcontinent in Literature for Children and Young Adults: An Annotated Bibliography of English-language Books. Greenwood Publishing Group. p.131. ISBN 978-0-313-25489-5 . Retrieved 13 August 2015.

The main issue at play in the novel is the changes coming to the Alibagh district and what that might mean for the villagers. At first, Hari is somewhat optimistic about the factory that is to be built in Thul, and he is also optimistic about potentially getting work on Biju’s fancy new boat. Even though he tells himself, “He could not afford dreams, he must be practical and think out a scheme” (45), he is a bit “excited to think that life held so many possibilities” (48).The Village by the Sea is the story of evolution of Lila and Hari into ‘adults’ as they face their family’s predicament. The story has a gentle voice and is very impressive. Desai brilliantly portrays the issues in the village of Thul, doomed for destruction b the advance of industrialisation. It is incredibly hard to write a book about such deep topics as poverty and the hope of life, especially with children as main characters. Village By The Sea is an amazing read for many reasons, but mainly for the perfect blend of description and narrative that it manages to be. The subject matter itself is quite normal. A small family of six lives in a little village called Thul a few kilometers from Bombay. Lila and Hari are aged 13 and 12 respectively but the burden of looking after the household is placed on their tender shoulders because their father is a drunkard and their mother is seriously ill. Their fortunes might turn when there is a huge factory being built in the village. But things take a different turn and soon, the frustrated Hari decides to seek his fortune in the city of Bombay to lift his family up from poverty. The story was good. On the outer layer, there doesn't really appear to be much happening but when you get to the core you realise just how much is happening and changing in Thul (and other places). Again, I felt quite distanced from the story because of the writing but I did enjoy it.

What would you do if you had a permanently bed-ridden mother and a drunkard for a father,with three siblings to look after.Hari is the only boy in the village with no boat and no fishing job. The fishing fleet comes in, and the women wait on the shore anxiously, carrying baskets; the fishermen begin to loudly auction off the fish. A large woman wins the auction and takes a large basket of fish. A tonga-driver comes, and there is another auction to see who will get to ride with him.

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