Tomb of Sand

by Geetanjali Shree | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0063299429 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Rach260 of Chisholm, New South Wales Australia on 3/19/2023
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Journal Entry 1 by Rach260 from Chisholm, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, March 19, 2023

A playful, feminist, and utterly original epic set in contemporary northern India, about a family and the inimitable octogenarian matriarch at its heart.

"A tale tells itself. It can be complete, but also incomplete, the way all tales are. This particular tale has a border and women who come and go as they please. Once you've got women and a border, a story can write itself . . ."

Eighty-year-old Ma slips into a deep depression after the death of her husband. Despite her family's cajoling, she refuses to leave her bed. Her responsible eldest son, Bade, and dutiful, Reebok-sporting daughter-in-law, Bahu, attend to Ma's every need, while her favorite grandson, the cheerful and gregarious Sid, tries to lift her spirits with his guitar. But it is only after Sid's younger brother-Serious Son, a young man pathologically incapable of laughing-brings his grandmother a sparkling golden cane covered with butterflies that things begin to change.

With a new lease on life thanks to the cane's seemingly magical powers, Ma gets out of bed and embarks on a series of adventures that baffle even her unconventional feminist daughter, Beti. She ditches her cumbersome saris, develops a close friendship with a hijra, and sets off on a fateful journey that will turn the family's understanding of themselves upside down.

Rich with fantastical elements, folklore, and exuberant wordplay, Geetanjali Shree's magnificent novel explores timely and timeless topics, including Buddhism, global warming, feminism, Partition, gender binary, transcending borders, and the profound joys of life. Elegant, heartbreaking, and funny, it is a literary masterpiece that marks the American debut of an extraordinary writer.

Translated from the Hindi by Daisy Rockwell

Journal Entry 2 by Rach260 at Mackay, Queensland Australia on Sunday, March 19, 2023
Reserved for Jeniwren as a Wishlist tag.

Journal Entry 3 by Rach260 at Thornton, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Released 4 mos ago (5/24/2023 UTC) at Thornton, New South Wales Australia


On it’s way as a wish list tag.
I enjoyed this epic tale but found it hard going at times.
Reading the translators note helped explain a few things for me.

Journal Entry 4 by wingjeniwrenwing at Merimbula, New South Wales Australia on Monday, May 29, 2023
Arrived today and a lovely highlight to my day. Wishlist tag games :)

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