The Pleasure Seekers

The Pleasure Seekers

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Meet the Patel-Joneses--Babo, Sian, Mayuri, and Bean--in their little house with orange and black gates next door to the Punjab Women's Association in Madras. Babo grew up here, but he and Sian, his cream-skinned Welsh love, met in London. Babo's parents disapproved. And then they disapproved unless the couple moved back to Madras. So here they are. And as the twentieth century creaks and croaks its way along, Babo, Sian, and the children navigate their way through the uncharted territory of a "hybrid" family: the hustle and bustle of Babo's relatives; the faraway phone-line crackle of Sian's; the eternal wisdom and soft bosom of Great-Grandmother Ba; the perils of first love, lost innocence, and old age; and the big question: What do you do with the space your loved ones leave behind?

Tishani Doshi, a prizewinning poet, plunges into fiction for the first time with this tender and uplifting debut. With rich feeling and dazzling language, Doshi evokes both Zadie Smith and Rohinton Mistry as she captures the quirks and calamities of one unusual clan in a story of identity, family, belonging, and all-transcending love.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2010.
ISBN: 9781608192779
Characteristics: 314 p. ; 21 cm.

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KindianaJones Dec 16, 2014

I liked it; the book was enjoyable to read and well-written. I was more interested in Sian and Babo (the main characters of the early part of the book) than I was in their children, Mayuri and Bean. Bean was well-drawn as was Ba, her grandmother. A good read.

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uncommonreader
May 01, 2012

This is the story of a couple in India with two children. The wife is from Wales. It is lyrical and sweet, but who lives in this "delightful" world?

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esai101
Apr 27, 2011

Delightful details of Madras--the setting and every day life.

Could have skipped some of the shabang details--personalities seem to revolve around the shabang part of their lives.

A fast-paced book. An easy read.

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