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The Village by the Sea () has been described as 'a brilliant resonant story of to the fishing community of the village Thul are seen to be performing. Abstract: Anita Desai's first novel for children The Village By The Sea which received Children's Fiction award in raises the issue of survival in the village. To ask other readers questions about The Village by the Sea, please sign up. Can somebody suggest me a link to download an online pdf file for this novel?.
Hari felt as if he was a child once again. As had been predicted, the monsoon did really come. On the tenth of June, it came storming out of the sea; there was rain like a great sheet being flung upon the city. It was a holiday for most people; however, it was not for Hari and the two boys in the kitchen because every single person seemed to be in a holiday come to the Sri Krishna Eating House, so they had to work.
With the prodigious amount of rain, Hari noticed that he could not sleep in the park at night during the monsoon. Sadly, Mr. One day, Jagu felt that Hari was ill so Jagu invited Hari to his house; the boy was grateful for the invitation and wanted to go anywhere just to be safe and feel relieved. Jagu rented a shack in a Zopadpatti, and he felt lucky to have it because Bombay did not have enough flats for people who came to work in this crowded city.
Consequently, Jagu told Hari that he could sleep on a bench that had not anything on it. Hari told Jagu that he would go back to the shop after leaving the dispensary. Unfortunately, Hari heard that fisher boats sank in the sea, fishermen were dead, and that was all in Alibagh. The author kept describing the situation in Alibagh and Bombay while the season of the monsoon came and all the streets and the cities were flood by the pouring torrent. He was at the Group 4 Lecturer: OVB Class of M3.
I realize of course that the simplicity that brings the beauty in the village also brings with it much grief and pain. But could there not be a compromise of sorts? But that is not the way the world works, and Anita Desai is harsh in writing things exactly how they are, people exactly as they are. Yet she never lets up the hope flitting at the edges of how things SHOULD be, and this suffuses the reader with melancholia and nostalgia throughout the read.
A beautiful work. Dec 05, Aanusha Ghosh rated it did not like it. 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 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. What's worse, and most insufferable to me, is the fact that the author insists on treating its readers as brain-dead zombies who lack the capacity to appreciate to subtlety.
Jul 04, Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws rated it really liked it Shelves: First, as a work of fiction it is not short of exquisite. The setting, the characters and the plot -- all fall together and fit beautifully. Be it Hari, a twelve year old or Jaggu, the food stall owner, everybody has a role to play and a lesson to teach. Be it the village of Thul or the big city of Mumbai, the vivid description of the places helps the reader to transport from one place to the other along with the characters in play.
She is skillful in depicting the world as it is; the characters are very true to life and she has managed to weave in the many facets of the society, politics and religion into a single work. Change is inevitable in life and in society. All one can do to prosper is to adapt to it. When the government decided to set up a factory, the villagers resisted the change fearing the repercussions of it. But a twelve year old Hari learnt to adapt.
His plans of a small poultry plan and a watch repair shop displayed his awareness of the changes that would soon take place in his small village and his willingness to adapt.
You would think that kids like that - growing up in extreme poverty, with an alcoholic father and practically non-existing mother, with no supervision or guidance - would end up as a bad lot. Even at the worst situations the young ones never lost hope. Help is always there for those who really need it — be it in form of a Jaggu or a Panwallah or the DeSilva family.
The reflection of the society, painted through the book is not a pretty one. Yet it stands true till date. The author has managed to capture the very essence of a village life in India. Extreme poverty, poor health care system and below average education rate is not really encouraging, rather it was pretty depressing. Child labour, represented through Hari while he worked at the restaurant in Mumbai alongside other boys, is another harsh truth of our country.
The difference between Urban India and Rural India and between the rich and the poor is accentuated at various points. Also the attitude of the city people and the villagers, towards each other, felt so completely appalling even though somewhere in my heart I knew it was true.
Also, I have to admit that a huge amount of credit should go to the author for venturing towards a path few had trodden upon. Sure, there had been the likes of R. Very few people were actually aware and even those aware would criticize the authors for not writing in their native language. I feel that this book never got the recognition it deserves. Oct 09, Somdutta rated it it was amazing. 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 Hari along with his sisters Bela, Kamal and Lila, endure the hardships which come with poverty. Hari is perplexed and his mind is preoccupied with the thoughts of how to earn more money so that his family can make ends meet. During the summer months a wealthy family the De Silva family comes to the bungalow- Mon Repos in Thul.
During that time Lila along with the two other girls - Bela and Kamal, run chores for the family and a few more rupees is added to their daily income.
This unstable nature of income, makes Hari think that probably if he escapes to the city he could earn a few more bucks. He escapes to Bombay along with the party of farmers who also travel to Bombay with the intention of voicing their opinion, that they do not want a factory to be built in their village cause it will destroy their fields and kill the fish in the sea. Unlike the rest of the people who had come to Bombay to protest and leave , Hari stays back and endures the ups and downs of city life which is brand new to him.
In Bombay , he learns the craft of repairing watches from Mr Panwallah, and with his advice he hopes to use his craft, once the factory came up in the village and rich people stayed there and he will have their watches to mend.
This gives him a new hope in life.
He returns to Thul the day before Diwali and his sisters are thrilled to see him. In the time that Hari was in Bombay, his sisters earned money from Sayyid Ali who was bird watcher and was always preoccupied with his interest of bird-watching. He had come to live at Mon Repos towards the end of the De Silva's stay. Lila was relieved that their sick mother was finally being looked after. Meanwhile their father on learning that their mother was admitted to hospital, created a chaos at home and proceeded for the hospital at night.
Since that day, their father stopped drinking and stayed at the hospital so that he could be of any help in case his wife needed him. The story ends in a joyful and hopeful note where the entire family is reunited , Hari is full of hopes and ideas of new ways to earn money and their mother is recovered if not completely from her illness. She along with few other women go to the rocks on the beach to offer her prayers and Hari wants Lila to see this view and cries out her name.
Aug 21, Maryam rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Whoever likes family and village stories. 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 The first time i read this book was at school. Lila as a hard working young girl who has to do all the house work plus cooking and getting her younger sisters ready for school.
Hari a very restless boy. He plucks and sells coconuts and sometimes works in a small plot of land where they grow vegetables and uses a net to catch fish sometimes.
He's easily influenced by the people around him. The two younger girls who are schooling. And a drunk father and sick mother. The story revolves around their life in the village until one day they find out about the new contruction project going to happen which would destroy their village. Some villagers join in a protest that they were going to take the Bombay governor. Hari tired of the same old work with nothing changing for the better decides to run away to Bombay a big city to find work, by joining the protest.
The story portrays the city, as seen though the eyes of a small village boy, as frightening, noisy and dirty, and some parts as huge and glimmering with the lights of massive buildings. He finds work in a small eating house and lives in terrible conditions.
He befriends a watchmaker and learns from him about watches all the time saving his meager earnings to take home back to his family. Meanwhile back home Lila struggles through her mothers illness and the heavy load of responsibilty on her shoulders. The financial situation was alleviated by the yearly arrival of the De Silva family who paid her for cleaning their house and then after that the bird man who paid them throughout the monsoon season for cooking and cleaning.
The story ends on a happy note where their mother who had been admitted into hospital by the De Silvas gets better and their father stops drinking after the shock of their mother nearly dying due to her illness.
Then Hari returns home with all new plans on how to go forward and adapt to the future changes in their lives. Sep 01, Charbel rated it liked it. 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 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. Her descriptions of natural locations and of the busy city Bombay are the best aspects of the book, and do her credit.
The plot, however, was not well developed. There were many subplots that proved to be irrelevant to the story, and they were presented with details that only served in adding the total number of pages. Given, however, that this book was written for young adults, I can honestly say that it serves its purpose well, and that today its message is deeply needed to help us remember what it's like to survive under truly harsh conditions.
Jun 23, Preeti rated it liked it. Beautifully captured the sea view 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..
I like the way writer "Anita Desai" wrote on this subject.
According to my point of view Author Anita Desai has given full justice to both people. Go for this book readers.. Dec 09, Zyan rated it really liked it. May 08, Rushy muhd rated it liked it.
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 survive. Apr 22, Angelica Watson psst! Wonderful book. Anita Desai's writing is marvelous! Simple yet with a touch of intricacy, delicacy. This book depicts our Indian life beautifully, more than that A book with numerous morals, I truly loved it! Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Jun 29, Anchal Bibra rated it really liked it. 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. Sep 30, Yinka added it Recommends it for: Recommended to Pulkit by: Anura Taraiya. I really struggled to finish this book.
In fact, it's the first book this year nine months and thirteen books later that I felt the need to skimp through.
On the contrary, it was pretty short, but for a story of this calibre, it could have been wrapped up in less than pages. Now that I have this out of the way, let's get back to the book. It's a story of a poor family living in a small village in India and portrays their journey through a change coming to their village. I believe the characters are not very well built and you don't feel an attachment to any of the characters. The book revolves mostly around two characters, but they have no gravity to keep you interested in their lives.
The descriptions of the village are colorful and lively.
But, in my opinion, they too get very repetitive over the book with the author deciding to describe either very mundane things or things already described before in details. Some people, not Indians, might enjoy seeing the poor side of India in this story, but for me, it quickly got frustrating to read through the elaborated imagery in the book. The story and the ending, in particular, don't have much going on for them.
The life, as the author describes, goes on, with some twists and turns of course. In the end, I didn't enjoy reading this at all and don't recommend it unless you really want to read about poor old India. Mar 21, Dhivya Balaji rated it really liked it. 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 s, s 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 publication date of the book.
Knowing it only increased my eagerness to read. The additional interest generated was due to the glowing reviews it got from those who saw this book displayed proudly on my bookshelf. I do not have any idea how I went two years without reading it. But with the right type of prodding, I took the book up again and boy, am I glad I did it.
This is the kind of soul nourishment I needed at this moment. It is incredibly hard to write a book about such deep topics as poverty and the hope of life, especially with children as main characters. Village By The Sea is an amazing read for many reasons, but mainly for the perfect blend of description and narrative that it manages to be.
The subject matter itself is quite normal. A small family of six lives in a little village called Thul a few kilometers from Bombay. Lila and Hari are aged 13 and 12 respectively but the burden of looking after the household is placed on their tender shoulders because their father is a drunkard and their mother is seriously ill. Their fortunes might turn when there is a huge factory being built in the village. But things take a different turn and soon, the frustrated Hari decides to seek his fortune in the city of Bombay to lift his family up from poverty.
Lila is left to fend for the ill mother and manage despite the drunkard father who frequents the toddy shop every night and spends the little money he manages to get his hands on. In Bombay, Hari meets the people who will change his life and give him the hope.
The perfect portrayal of Bombay as the city of dreams and how it has all sorts of people in its folds is one of the strongest parts of the novel. As the son of the family, Hari wants to make his fortune in this city and runs away in search of the DeSilvas who have come to Thul. But despite that he meets certain kind-hearted people there who show him that Bombay is a welcoming city where hope runs side by side with hard work.
Hari meets Jagu, the man who takes pity on his and is the reason he eats his first full meal in Bombay and befriends Mr. Panwallah, a watchmaker who shows him the tricks of repairing the machines that show time. Hari realises that he has to go back to his house where his family will be suffering in their state. His sisters had been looking after their mother with the help of the kind DeSilvas and this affects their father in a positive way.
What happens after this is the climax of the story. The book begins incredibly slowly, the excitement does not seep in until after the halfway mark, when Bombay comes into picture and changes things.
The narrative though, is very vivid. Desai makes it so beautiful that we can smell the salty tang in the air, feel the sea breeze on our faces, and also feel the pain of the hunger and poverty and the hope and dispair of a little family in the village. Desai brings the scene alive in our minds and engages us with little responsible Lila who wears her special pink saree to the village market and of small determind Hari who wants to go to Bombay so his family will have good lives.
It is this speciality of the author that makes the book work for me. I have read many books that were claimed literary masterpieces but I feel this book is better than some of them.
While the descriptive narrative is a huge plus, the story needs the reader to be engaged. The pace is uneven and picks up only at the second half. I loved the language and the writing style but had a few places in the story where I felt it could have been written better. The ordinary story line is made extraordinary by a captivating narrative but sans that, the story and the climax left the reader in me wanting more. There was a hurried 'happily ever after' closure for the main protagonists but the focus dims when others are concerned.
The story had a lot it could do, especially considering where it started. There are some unanswered questions left at the end of the book that would break the full rating this book would otherwise get. The ending seemed tailor made for perfection and was not exactly to my liking, though it left a sweet aftertaste.
Village By The Sea is the perfect book for the lazy afternoons. It is a unique blend of descriptions and a good story of hope, despair, poverty and how life can change with the simplest of things.
The narrative was believable because none of the changes were really drastic or magical but it left the reader with a positive feeling. The story shall remain etched for long in my mind because of the way it connected.
I will give it a near perfect rating despite the flaws I have pointed out because ultimately it won my heart in the poignant way it brought to life a little village called Thul, much like how Malgudi once captured my heart. Panwallah are similar to people I have met in life, who seem like people I know personally because her words brought them to life. And for that, she receives my wholehearted applause.
The narrative worked perfectly for me. The characters, especially those from Bombay are multidimensional and very relatable. The feelings of hope and love are the novel's strong points. And reasons why the novel will remain special for me. The pace is uneven. The book would have worked better if the pace were faster in the crucial first few chapters The ending left a lot to be desired, despite bringing a form of closure in its own way.
The book had a lot of potential to branch out into descriptions but narrowed its focus on only one family, leaving many questions unanswered. A book I will treasure forever, and one I will read again and quote from. May 07, The Styling Librarian rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 development within the story and cultural perspective naturally integrated in was incredible. I think this book is an ideal story to read for children developing their international perspective. Thrilled that this is one of the books my Year 6 students are reading for our Flipped Reading project. Here are two portions that were my favorite in the book: Panwallah, you celebrate Coconut Day and Diwali and yet you are not a Hindu, are you?
I thought you are a Parsee that celebrate only the Parsee festivals. Panwallah comically. And why should I miss the fun of all the Hindu and Muslim festivals? No, no, I believe in sharing everything, enjoying everything. That is why I have so much fun, eh? No gloom for me, eh?
They were perfect examples of being internationally minded.