This is an alternate cover edition for B00XBZHYVE A young girl is accused of killing her father through her immoral, wanton acts. Can she escape from the fate of being killed for honour even as the family tries to salvage its 'pride'? Is there a saving grace in the sequence of events?Set in a small town of Punjab in India at the turn of the millennium, The Shreds of CharacThis is an alternate cover edition for B00XBZHYVE A young girl is accused of killing her father through her immoral, wanton acts. Can she escape from the fate of being killed for honour even as the family tries to salvage its 'pride'? Is there a saving grace in the sequence of events?Set in a small town of Punjab in India at the turn of the millennium, The Shreds of Character is a cryptic irony of partial disgrace and enraged guilt....
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the shreds of character Reviews
It is a kind of satire but this book can be read as a mystery too. The description of the book says that a brother wants to kill his sister. In India, that can't be a mystery when we hear everyday about someone being killed for honour. A passage like this one is:"She (Sanju, the sister) loved him as a girl loves her father. She had tried to think of him as a man a couple of times, but she couldn’t; her imagination failed her."What kind of girl is that, I thought. That is the question that is asked in the book itself. Girls can't think like that. The author has stretched it too far. Only later did I realize, the author seamlessly plays with the mind of the reader. He made me think in a particular way and then at the end it made me feel... can't say what as that would be a spoiler. It is a mystery to us only because we are trained to think in a particular way. Once you have completed the book, you'll realize that the author doesn't hide anything (he never gives detailed explanations either). You'll have to read it again to feel the depth of those mundane looking or inappropriate looking thoughts and actions. The first chapter was a difficult one, but the one with some resolutions too if you read it again (or carefully the first time). The author beautifully shows the way young boys talk and behave and the irony of their rage. Even the curses have meanings beyond what they mean in dictionary terms. On the very first page of the book, we have this from the perspective of Teji (the brother):College.Girls.Such lovely words.His sister’s face flashed before his eyes.In turn the apparition of someone he hadn’t seen appeared. "Sister-fucker," he said aloud.It is a mirror to the society, the irony in which we are living. A must read for every man especially.
I recieved a free copy of this book from the author. I didn't really understand where this book was going. The blurb was unrelated to the book and I was kept waiting for the cause of the boy's anger and I didn't get it till the last few pages. None of the characters except for maybe Sanju were boring and not understandable at all. The book is full of content unrelated to the plot. That completely watered down the story for me. The writing style isn't really pleasing either. Also, the word sis- is used way too often. What I can appreciate is the truth this story holds. It talks about a reality lots of people have to face and live with. Things like the unequal status of men and women and rape and misogyny that a LOT of people have to deal with.
Though the story has different hues, the root is one. The situation varies but the end remains the same, despair is in air. A perfect blend of want and limits mark the end of the book.You can read the complete review here - thesubtlebraiding.blogspot.in/2016/02...
« This nasty world lusted for things beautiful, and it grabbed whatever it fancied . » Brought up in world where hierarchy rules, where family honor is all, Sanju is watched and punished for every wrong step she takes. Original summary: People didn’t care what she heard, and it was only fair that she didn’t care what they heard. Befitting even. Somehow, it didn’t feel wrong, or disastrous. She knew enough about men now; now she knew how to squeeze happiness out of pain. Then, though her circumspect mother was proud of her and her brother belligerently loved her, they were only shreds of happiness that were not enough reparations. But he wanted to kill her. How could she do it knowing she had a brother? Didn’t she feel guilty doing it? She thought their father couldn’t do anything. Didn’t she care how her brother would react? Had she no fear of him? That was the only solution: he couldn’t let her live. Set in a small town of Punjab at the turn of the millennium, The Shreds of Character is the tale of a disgraced family and of an enraged guilt. Review: The author has used a high vocabulary in his story, and I appreciate it. However his story telling didn’t quite captivate me, it was somewhat incoherent. I know that he wanted to give a touch of mystery and twisted thoughts where to get the reader on edge, but what it did for me was the absolute opposite.It is mind tiring, to the point where I found difficulties to finish the story.As for the story itself, it evokes an interesting and a very sensitive subject. I picked this book knowing what would happen. And it was everything that I expected. Except for one thing (I know how Indian people live and work for their lives and how they interact with others), did the author made them that way or are people truly uncivilized?! Each member of that family has a case of suppressed anger and violence and whenever they meet, they unleashed it on each other. As for the main subject, this book is all about family honor and raising a straight competent child where he is the perfect face of that family.The author has made some great point of views, and written such meaningful passage that certain people could relate to.“She felt as if she was guarding a sacred empire. She felt important and powerful.”I understand what the story stands for, what is the author’s intention; in fact I do live in such a world. Girls being killed for honor That I know of, because honor to us Arabs is something to be cherished.But what I couldn’t grasp; is how perverted and disgusting is the mind of these men. their solemnly reason for living is to have some with every moving beauty. But when they touch her and have their way with her, they refuse to marry the girl. And the main reason they refused to marry is because she is no longer innocent, and they need someone pure to be their wives..Such a hypocrisy and disgusting thinking.This gives them no right to judge their sisters and others!Another matter that I hated and I think this quote is enough to understand my displeasure :"Every sensible woman turned a slut in her husband’s bed. Only sluts could hold on to their husbands. Husbands needed sluts.”What?! A woman can never ever be a slut to her husband!I agree some people marry only because marriage benefits them in many ways that is not love or caring. They might care for each other through the years or they might never will. But what will solidify that relationship is mutual respect and more so is the children that unite the family and bring joy to it…As for the main girl I find her to be a liar and unreasonable. And I do not feel sorry for her she had no reason to carry on with what she did. She IS a disgrace to herself and family. No compassion there for her.As for the brother; the author has made him look innocent, whilst he is everything but that…He hadn’t done anything wrong; I admit, but still he is coward who cannot stand for what’s wrong and rightI was exasperated with him and his snide remarks…Overall,I gave this book a2 Stars reviewbecause it minimise the importance of family and trust and I highly disagree with the author on many perspective, that I can't discuss without spoiling it for others.I do not recommend this book for teenagers or younger. This is fairly an Adult one.Plus I think this is a better read for the male gendre.
I reread the first few pages as I felt I was lost at the beginning of the book. Now I have read to the end and I think I will have to reread it in order to better understand it. The male characters in the book are thoroughly unlikeable. One feels sorry for Sanju who wants to be a modern, free, young woman but her family and circumstances won't allow it. To a lesser extent we pity her mother as she is locked in an unhappy marriage. The brother, whom I totally disliked, seems to have an unhealthy regard for his sister. Definitely one to be read again.
Received from book as part of goodreads giveaway. Thanks to the author. Review to come.