Friday Morning Bookclub

July 23, 2011

How Embarrassing!

Filed under: Literary Tidbits,The Space Between Us — susanbright @ 5:18 pm

Have you ever picked up a book and started reading it only to discover that you had already read it? If you are an avid reader I am sure that this has happened to you at least once. Well, recently I wrote a post that August was “choose your own book month” and that I was going to read The Space Between Us. When I opened the book, I realized that not only have I already read this book, but I had also written a review on it! As I said in the review it was a thought-provoking book, though apparently not a very memorable one! Whoops!

The Space Between Us By Thrity Umrigar

October 8, 2010

The Space Between Us By Thrity Umrigar

Filed under: Book Recomendations,The Space Between Us — susanbright @ 11:57 am

The Space Between Us takes place in modern day Bombay. Sera Dubash lives in a beautiful home with her pregnant daughter and son in law. Bhima lives in the slums with her granddaughter and uses a communal bathroom with mud floors. Bhima has worked for the Dubash’s for over 20 years, and the two women share a special yet complicated relationship.

 Throughout the years, the two women always been there for each other, however Bhima is not even allowed to sit on the Dubash’s furniture or use their dishes. When as a young bride Sera’s husband beats her, Bhima  comes to the rescue and nurses her back to health. When Bima’s granddaughter Maya comes to live with her, Sera is there to make sure that Maya gets an education. I was reminded of the way Minny and Abeline were treated  in Kathryn Stockett’s book The Help.  In some respects Bhima, Aibileen and Constantine were “part of the family” yet they were not allowed to use the family bathroom.

 In The Space Between Us Umrigar brings to life these two very different women from two different worlds. It is a thought provoking book with some interesting twists and turns.  On a scale of 1-5, I give The Space Between Us  4 Omelets.

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