The Sari Shop

The Sari Shop

A Novel

Book - 2004 | 1st American ed
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This paperback edition of Bajwa's "ambitious and compelling debut" (Manil Suri, author of "The Death of Vishnu") about a young man from modern-day India looking for his destiny includes a reading group guide.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2004
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393059229
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 240 p. ; 22 cm


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Nov 15, 2018

The Sari Shop was an interesting read, particularly because it was set in India. To follow the main character's daily life was a lesson in his culture's values and his personal dreams. I liked the personality of the main character, which is important to me when deciding whether to read the whole novel. I had always wondered about saris and this book gave a helpful summary both of types of saris and customers' ways of evaluating them. Good read. I'll watch for this author's future work.

crankylibrarian Oct 15, 2011

A heartbreaking indictment of India's class divide. Ramchand is a lowly sari wala in a shop catering to Amritsar's most exclusive clientele: bored, self-indulgent, and often viciously competitive wives and daughters of the elite. A series of chance encounters throw him into contact with two very different women at opposite ends of the social hierarchy; his futile attempts to rescue one and communicate with the other force Ramchand to confront the maddening injustice and cruelty of his situation and the impossibility of change.


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