Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bitter Sweets by Roopa Farooki

Bitter Sweets by Roopa Farooki - Today over at Chasing Ray, Colleen is hosing a One Shot reading tour, focusing on works set in SouthEast Asia. Everyone was given enough notice to find a book. I waited until the last minute. I am more then half way done with Bitter Sweets and I absolutely love it. Rashid Karim and his parents think they found the perfect bride in Henna. On their wedding night Rashid who goes Ricky when at the University, discovers that his new wife is not 17 and well educated but 13 and illiterate. Henna agreed to help her baba deceive the Karim's in hopes of avoiding school and moving to Calcutta to become a movie star. This is a family saga that begins with a lie. Sometimes family sagas can be a little tedious and slow moving. This however moves at a nice pace and the language is beautiful, smart and funny. I highly recommend Bitter Sweets, you won't be disappointed. Published in 2007 this is Farooki debut novel.


7 comments:

Color Online said...

You waited till the last minute; I didn't even achieved that. On my way tomorrow to the library. May list a children's title if I'm luck and pick up things to read the rest of the month.

I'm going to look for this.

Tarie said...

Hi, Doret! Poor duped Rashid Karim and his duped family. And Henna wants to be a movie star? This book actually sounds hilarious!

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

My goodness, what a web of lies! Big difference from a 17 year old to 13. Yikes, there's a shocker! Think there will be a happy ending? This sounds like a fun read.

Niranjana said...

Hi, coming here from Chasing Ray.
I was wondering if you liked the book as much once you finished it? While I liked that the book didn't take itself too seriously, I felt that the casual tone ultimately worked against the novel--it ended up feeling a bit shallow to me.

Would love to know what you think!

mayra lazara dole said...

hola, Doret!

this sounds fascinating and a book i'd LOVE. thanks SO much for posting review.

Doret said...

I am not done but I still love it. This is not young adult, I probably should have said that in the post.

bj neary said...

Since it is not YA. I think it will be delightful for our Faculty Book Club, great review and I look forward to reading it and passing it on to other faculty members.