PrincessJaylia, June 2, 2011 (view all comments by PrincessJaylia)
This book was assigned for my ethnic fiction class. To be honest, I didn't care for it. The author jumps between past and present, so I had a hard time understanding what was going on when. The main character, Jasmine, also seemed too dramatic, and too many people loved her. Almost every man she met found her desireable.
Then, we went over the story in class, and wow, I found new meaning to everything. The teacher discussed the symbolisim and culture, and it made so much more sense. I reread the book again, and discovered I'd judged it too harshly before. Before, after, or during the time when you read this novel, make sure to browse the Internet for essays. It'll bring you a new understanding.
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senators_13, November 3, 2010 (view all comments by senators_13)
The concept of the story was alright. But I really believe that almost all of the history mukherjee states is way too over-dramatic. I found this book very offensive being a Sikh myself. Definitely would not buy it. That's just my opinion though.
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wl-07mhearn, May 7, 2007 (view all comments by wl-07mhearn)
I really enjoyed the story. The whole aspect of her telling her story and hardships was amazing. Normally books written in the format of revisiting are hard to read and confusing, but this one fits, because anyone who had gone through all this would not want to all at once talk about it, like her rape and murder of half face.
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defendthemsikhs, May 23, 2006 (view all comments by defendthemsikhs)
Some of the stuff was def wrong. the culture she is describing was like a million years ago. she represents some of the culture well, but not all of it. the sikhs were portrayed as mean and bad people. Half the stuff she said about the Sikhs is wrong. Its very offending to some. Overall, its alright. I wouldnt buy it but I wouldn't burn it either
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