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Bharati Mukherjee [electronic resource] /
Fakrul Alam.
imprint
New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1996.
description
xiv, 164 p. : port. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0805739971 (alk. paper)
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New York : Twayne Publishers ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1996.
isbn
0805739971 (alk. paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8762151
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 155-159) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-06-01:
Mukherjee at present enjoys the celebrity of an "in" author, but it remains to be seen how long she can retain it, for she has still not established a clear identity. She acknowledges that she initially modeled her writing after that of V.S. Naipaul, then of Bernard Malamud, then of Salman Rushdie--all the time seeing herself as "the queen of bitterness," the novelist of Ellis Island immigrants, self-imposed exile, and expatriation. Her disappointment at not having been hailed in Canada as a major fictionist undoubtedly affected her as much as being marginalized as a South Asian Canadian (other South Asians seem to have accommodated themselves very well there). As some of her severest critics point out, her upper-class, upper-caste Indian origins have tainted her vision, so that she has no rapport with the vast majority of women--whether South Asian, Canadian, or American. Accordingly, she misunderstands the travails of ordinary women (for whom she would like to be regarded as a chronicler). Jasmine (1989), her most popular work to date (which she calls a fable), is replete with improbabilities that detract from its avowed social realism. Kamala Markandaya is a more competent novelist, surely. It will take more than a few years' residence for Mukherjee to attain her goal of being "an American writer." Alam (Univ. of Dhaka, Bangladesh) is a good critic, and his judgments--though a little muted--are sound and balanced. Academic collections. A. L. McLeod Rider University
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Table of Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Chronology
Introductionp. 1
An Exile's Perspective on "Home"p. 15
The Aloofness of Expatriationp. 34
The Exuberance of Immigrationp. 77
A Hunger for Connectednessp. 119
Conclusionp. 139
Referencesp. 149
Selected Bibliographyp. 155
Indexp. 161
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