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This image is both funny and disturbing, highlighting the strange mixture of innocence and fear that Lenny is dealing with. Before going to Europe, his poetry affirmed Indian independence and nationalism, but his time in Europe made him critical of nationalism.

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Back at home, Lenny and her brother eavesdrop on a dinner party where the adults discuss Gandhi and the possibility of an independent India. Maybe that’s the whole point, this book serves as a mirror, a witness. A significant aspect of the novel is the marginality of Britain and the Raj in the plot; colonialism sets this trauma in place, but postcolonial characters are its focus” Holmes ; emphasis added.

And this nightmare recalls to Lenny “another craking nightmare from the past” Gita is the wife. Louis Mountbatten became viceroy and recommended immediate partitioning of India to the British government as the only means of averting catastrophe.

One evening, vulnerable and emotionally disarrayed, she The idea that during a religious turmoil people become acutely aware of their religious identity and turn into mere symbols of their religion plays a significant role in shaping the events in the novel. However, this book was a colossal disappointment. And oh, the violence. As a literary construction, the novel is great. The character of Lenny could also at times be an odd mix of childhood naivete and sharp intelligence, but overall I thought this was a very high quality novel, and an uncomfortable warning as to how quickly it can all fall apart.

The responsibilities of a family led her to conceal her literary prowess.

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She also utilizes her position as an acclaimed writer to make numerous public statements in the Pakistani media aimed against repressive measures that harm women and minority communities. Much of what actually occurs is also only things that a young girl in a repressive culture would see, so there’s more description of people sitting around the house talking or kids horsing around with each other than anything indla.


Cancel reply Connect with:. She manages to do justice to the complexity of racial, ethnic, and religious violence that accompanied the partitioning of India Rcacking hand that had cut your skin and sliced your limbs was unsurprisingly your own. Lenny is established so firmly as a truthful witness that the mounting unease in Lahore, the riots, fires and brutal massacres become real through the child’s experience.

Some seventy-five thousand women were raped, and many of them were then disfigured or dismembered. Those were the moments when you need a break from reading this novel, because you ache both for the Muslim whose family has been slaughtered during a train ride, but you also pity the Hindu whose family is the one the remaining Muslims take their anger out on.

Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa

Event Loft Mentor Series: The Mysteries of Selflessness ], Iqbal urged the Muslim community to encourage generous service to the ideals of brotherhood and justice: It reveals all the raw wounds that are still fresh, without reflecting much on the healing part, but how do you heal from the wounds you inflicted yourself?

I can see why some people would want it banned, but it is no more violent than the actual events were.

What do I say about this novel That nightwhile sleeping over at the home of Electric-Aunt and CousinLenny has her ” first nightmare that connects me to the pain of others ” The sorrow is too close and personal, so I cannot bring myself to finish reading the book.

The more I learn about the world’s history the more I am reminded that history constantly repeats itself. Mar 07, Hesper rated it liked it Shelves: Voices from the Gaps: Ice-candy Man, one of her admirers, carries her off.

The book got slightly interesting starting from part where Ayah is captured, other than that I found it to be slow at the beginning and it didn’t really get any better towards the middle. Indian National Army movement to enlist support to fight against the British.


Cracking India

Personally, I had a limited knowledge about the partition but this book allowed in broadening my perspective. Throughout, the novel sustains the vitality of Lenny’s world with a series of wonderfully comic scenes. Yet his patients have trust in the doctor’s touch, believing the more Col. Congress Ministries in indka provinces resign resisting Indian support for the British war effort.

As she matures, Lenny begins to identify the differences between the Hindus, Moslems, and Sikhs engaging in political arguments all around her. Ayah and Lenny ignore the interfering Englishman.

Lenny’s perceptions of the differences in people changes at the same time. She spends her days with Ayah, her beautiful nanny, visiting with the large group of admirers that Ayah draws. To gain time with Ayah, Ice-Candy-Man tells stories: The mission failed when both Congress and Muslim League leaders objected to various sections of cgacking proposed program.

Not only Lenny, but everyone in this novel experiences substantial change in the context of the Partition” Holmes. Hatred of others is usually a sign of self-contempt. Why must these writers bring in such needless images in order to pass themselves of as mature writers, willing to cross boundaries and firmly ensure the world of their “liberality” midst “orthodox fundamentalism”?

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More sidhwaa, she has access to a wide variety of viewpoints both pre-and post-Partition through her Ayaha beautiful woman whose suitors are ethnically and religiously diverse” Holmes ; emphasis added. Ice-candy-man is set in Lahore and has the partition of India as the backdrop. A campaign of civil disobedience was ctacking inwhile the Muslim League and many princely states supported the British war effort.

Narrative Point of View Cracking India’ s “story is told in the present tense [by Lenny Sethi ] as the events unfold before the young girl’s eyes, though moments of an older Lenny looking back are apparent.