The Village by the Sea

The Village by the Sea Forgotten by the evolution of the centuries and indifferent to the advances of the twentieth century Thul a tiny fishing village not far from Bombay continues to follow those rhythms of the seasons

  • Title: The Village by the Sea
  • Author: Anita Desai
  • ISBN: 9780141312712
  • Page: 266
  • Format: None
  • Forgotten by the evolution of the centuries and indifferent to the advances of the twentieth century, Thul, a tiny fishing village not far from Bombay, continues to follow those rhythms of the seasons that have always been handed down Hari and Lila were born and raised in the village, but now their family is falling into despair the father to alcohol while the mother isForgotten by the evolution of the centuries and indifferent to the advances of the twentieth century, Thul, a tiny fishing village not far from Bombay, continues to follow those rhythms of the seasons that have always been handed down Hari and Lila were born and raised in the village, but now their family is falling into despair the father to alcohol while the mother is seriously ill As for money, that there is not even enough to meet the most basic needs between.

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    1. Overall I thought this book was good but there were quite a few issues I had with it. I would have loved if the characters were more fleshed out. I didn't feel like I had full access to Hari or Lila's mindset. Maybe it was the writing but I felt like I was quite distanced from them. Obviously I sympathised with them but I think Anita Desai could have done a better job with making her characters more authentic. All of the characters felt very watered-down and that was disappointing. The story was [...]

    2. What would you do if you had a permanently bed-ridden mother and a drunkard for a father,with three siblings to look after.Lila lives with her mother, father and three siblings – Hari, her brother, and Bela and Kamal, her sisters – in the fishing village of Thul, fourteen kilometres from the Metro city of Mumbai, or Bombay as it was called then. Hari, the only son, works everyday to pay off his father’s debts.Disturbed and agitated by the conditions at his place, Hari runs away to Bombay, [...]

    3. Explanation of Rating: The Village By The Sea is the story of the evolution of Lila and Hari into adults as they face their family’s predicaments. The story has a gentle voice of the author and it is an impressive book. I have realized again that there are people who have a tougher life than me. Moreover, it made me embarassed that I have thought I am poor at times. I love the book because it tells about a life style and love of a poor family who live in Thul, which is fourteen kilometers away [...]

    4. Picked this up in a charity shop a while back (call me a cheapskate if you want) but have only just got round to reading it. It's a great story of survival and family love, (how Soppy do I sound?) and I learnt a lot about the life of people who are less fortunate than me and most people I know, which I think is important, because a wise person once said, "Most children are so selfish all they think about is themselves: Me, Me, Me and Me. They just don’t seem to realise that there are other peo [...]

    5. Hari along with his sisters Bela, Kamal and Lila, endure the hardships which come with poverty. They along with their ill mother and permanently drunk father live in a small village of Thul. The main occupation of the people of the village is fishing and some people own land for farming. Hari, however does not farm and neither does he fish. He sells coconut and makes a meager living. As days pass by, news of an upcoming factory in their village comes to picture. Hari is perplexed and his mind is [...]

    6. “The village by the Sea” by Anita Desai was my introduction to the much debated - Indian Writing in English [IWE]. Since then, each time I have picked up this book [Yes, I am one of those people who likes to read & re-read the same book over and over again] I have found something new to admire about it and over the last few years I have accumulated quite a few ‘points’ that I like about this book.First, as a work of fiction it is not short of exquisite. The setting, the characters an [...]

    7. The first time i read this book was at school. It was our literature book in Grade 8. I thought oh no heres another boring literature book and i started reading it. But i was wrong. :)This book was moving, funny and informative. It was in short almost 5 stars good.The book gives us an insight on how difficult the life of people living in small villages can be.It basically starts off with the daily life of this family in the village Thul :The characters:Lila as a hard working young girl who has t [...]

    8. The Village by The Sea is the (true) story of siblings Hari and Lila, along with their younger sisters Kamal and Bella, as they struggle in a quickly changing India. Living in a small village by the sea, the children have to adapt to difficult circumstances that include a drunken father, a terribly ill mother, and extreme poverty. It's not a story of overcoming adversity but one of resilience.Desai's writing is simple and fitting for the book, but not remarkable. Her descriptions of natural loca [...]

    9. FIRST IMPRESSION:The book has been in my TBR pile for nearly two years now. I did not know about this before I got this book as a very thoughtful gift. But the moment I saw the cover, I fell in love with it. Yes, I did judge a book by the cover, guilty as charged. But as I read the summary, a late 1980s, 1990s feeling crept over me. I was transported back in time to the books and movies that spoke of families, of hope and love, a deep familial bond. This was before I knew the original publicatio [...]

    10. Heart-wrenching, steeped in emotion and pain, but at the same time magical and surreal, with a profound beauty that still lives in my memories.It is not only the story of Lila and Hari that I found myself worrying over, but also the overall fate of the region. The questions that arise are hard to answer globalization is inevitable, and with it comes salvation of sorts. Yet at the same time something is lost I realize of course that the simplicity that brings the beauty in the village also brings [...]

    11. Beautifully captured the sea view& life of the fishermen people.The real picture of Mumbai & city people is described very well.But lack of conversation will detached you from the characters sometimes.You can go for this book if you are a good reader who loves imagination.e books have lots of events which can easily stand before your eyes.I like the way writer "Anita Desai" wrote on this subject.Its always a controversial subject that which life is better "CITY LIFE or VILLAGE LIFE"?? Ac [...]

    12. Definitely one of the most poorly written books I've read, verging on poverty porn and with an ending that is so naively optimistic that you are astonished the author is actually a seasoned writer. The village by the sea has no memorable characters, most of them flatter than a repeatedly-driven-over roadkill, with the emotional range (as Hermione Granger would put it) of a teaspoon. What's worse, and most insufferable to me, is the fact that the author insists on treating its readers as brain-de [...]

    13. i had to read it for my english assignment. i thought i wouldnt like it, but then, i found out that i enjoyed reading it. it taught me a lot about life and how we should be grateful for everything that we have. i always thought that my life was suck, but this book, in a way, made me realized that i should be grateful that my life is nt as bad?(well, i dont knw hw to dscribe their lives) as hari's family's. glad that my teacher chose this book for me, (though its nt one of my favorites, still wor [...]

    14. This story is about the village named Thul.The undeveloped area and full of ignorance villagers where the husbands are abusive while the children will looking for a job. In this story line, Lila,Bela,Kamal and Hari are the main characters. Hari and Lila are struggling to surviveom this story of Anita Desai, we can concluded that no matter where we go or how far we reach.we have to learn so that we can grow more mature and life will be better with knowledge.

    15. Wonderful book. Anita Desai's writing is marvelous! Simple yet with a touch of intricacy, delicacy. :)I love the way she uses/poses questions when writing. This book depicts our Indian life beautifully, more than that teaches us a lot. A book with numerous morals, I truly loved it! Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. :)

    16. I love Anita Desai's writing. She completely transports you to the Indian landscape (something her daughter does well, too). Her writing is simple and vivid. This story is all about change-- on a macro as well as a personal level. Leaning to cope with change, changing with the times, etc-- it's all in there. The characters are interesting and relatable. Enjoyable read.

    17. i learnt the hardship and struggle experienced by a 14 year old girl and her brother how they had to fend for thier drunk father,thier bad ridden ma and thier siblings,it was a really good book.

    18. The book is about the challenges a family and the people of their village face as a result of development seeping in, although desirable it is irreversible. What stands out in Anita Desai’s writing is the ethereal picture she creates with her descriptions. The children are the real heroes in this story. I loved the confidence in her characters, their fighting spirit and eagerness to explore and adapt to new situations or surroundings. Some parts of the plot did not really seem important to the [...]

    19. It isn't as engaging in the beginning but as you keep reading, it becomes increasingly interesting. Great book.

    20. First time read a book by Anita Desai. Very impressive. The struggle of the family for survival was heart rendering, yet ends up so well!

    21. The Village by the Sea by Anita Desai – for mature 4th graders and up – Realistic Fiction- quite the powerful book, I couldn’t stop reading this one. I just loved reading the perspectives of children living on a quiet island where development of their area is inevitable with a fertilizer company moving in and how desolate a situation can feel. Additionally, the helpless feeling conveyed in the story with two parents barely helping the family survive was quite heart wrenching. The character [...]

    22. This book 'fell' into my hands when I was snooping through my mother's possessions as a small child. The book was written in 1982, the year I was born. The copy my mother had, was already tearing, however I remember the beautiful watercolor on the front page was what attracted me. I was only 9 years old when I read this book :)I have it safe with me even now as it brings back beautiful memories. 13 years old Lila and her brother, 12 year old Hari live with their younger siblings Bela and Kamal a [...]

    23. Hari, the protagonist, is torn between going to Bombay in search for a job and staying with his three innocent sisters whose lives revolved around him. To make matter even worse, his mother has fallen sick and his drunkard father doesn't bat an eye. Anita Desai has done a wonderful job in depicting the struggles that young children have to deal with when facing the adult world. The main problem that I had with 'The Village by the Sea' is with the ineffective character development. Even though it [...]

    24. I'm rereading this, and it's just as charming and simple and beautiful as the first time. I'm an Indian so I understood some of the customs and I HATE unhappy endings- I usually am so anxious for there to be happy one I skip to the end of the book to see if there is- so this was perfect. (view spoiler)[ Perhaps, even by my standards, things went a little TOO well for Hari- too perfect. And also, because I'm an environmentalist, I wish there was a happy ending for the birds and fish. What a selfi [...]

    25. This book is about an indian coastal family which is suffering due to the drunken father and a sick mother. Tha children- three sisters and a brother have to manage the house. The brother tries his luck in Bombay.

    26. This book is really nice and very good narration of the life of village people and their hardship. All the natural scenery are portrayed very beautifully. Story wise it is a very light. Over all it is a good book to read atleast once.

    27. This was the worst book I have ever read, this book made me suffer through all of the floweriness and it wanted me to puke. The similes are BS and they make we want to die.Meow

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