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The Tree Bride [Download] ➵ The Tree Bride By Bharati Mukherjee – National Book Critics Circle Award winner Bharati Mukherjee has long been known not only for her elegant evocative prose but also for her characters influenced by ancient customs and traditions but al National Book Critics Circle Award winner Bharati Mukherjee has long been known not only for her elegant evocative prose but also for her characters influenced by ancient customs and traditions but also very much rooted in modern times In The Tree Bride the narrator Tara Chatterjee whom readers will remember from Desirable The Tree PDF \ Daughters picks up the story of an East Bengali ancestor According to legend at the age of five Tara Lata married a tree and eventually emerged as a nationalist freedom fighter In piecing together her ancestor's transformation from a docile Bengali Brahmin girl child into an impassioned organizer of resistance against the British Raj the contemporary narrator discovers and lays claim to unacknowledged elements in her 'American' identity Although the story of The Tree Bride is central the drama surrounding the narrator a divorced woman trying to get back with her husband moves the novel back and forth through time and across continents.

  • Paperback
  • 302 pages
  • The Tree Bride
  • Bharati Mukherjee
  • English
  • 12 March 2016
  • 9780786888665

About the Author: Bharati Mukherjee

Bharati Mukherjee was an Indian born award winning American writer who explored the internal culture clashes of her immigrant characters in the award winning collection The Middleman and Other Stories and in novels like Jasmine and Desirable DaughtersMs Mukherjee a native of Calcutta attended schools in England Switzerland and India earned advanced The Tree PDF \ degrees in creative writing in the United S.

10 thoughts on “The Tree Bride

  1. H. H. says:

    Bharati Mukherjee's language and prose is definitely beautiful and poetic but that's not always a good thing Overall I felt like this book was extremely hard to follow Often events would occur that I would not understand because the author's description was unclear or that occurred suddenly with little foreshadowing or apparent motive on the part of the acting character This may be due in part to the fact that we never know what any of the characters are thinking or feeling not even the narrator heroine of the story who for example now must take care of her seriously injured ex husband after a terrible accident We are never told how she feels about this if it's a good thing or a bad thing We're never even given an inkling of her thoughts on the matterThis book reads like a lineage than a novel and one of its many drawbacks is that we are never with any one character long enough to become really attached to them In fact the one character I felt any sort of liking for at all was suddenly and unexpectedly killed off towards the end of the book There are also many storylines separated by both centuries and great distances this book certainly gets around; from San Francisco to India to England and Africa and back none of which complement eachother in any discernable way The biggest disappointment I found in this book is that the it's namesake is barely mentioned at all and never dealt with directly In fact this book focuses almost entirely on the officers of the British Raj which admittedly could be interesting but comes off as dull in the hands of Mukherjee I just don't understand why she chose to make that the focus of the story rather than the much compelling 'tree bride' a young girl married to a tree when her groom died on the way to the ceremony in order to save her from a life of widowhood and debasement proxy husbands not being unheard of during this period She also later became a revolutionary and martyr during the time of India's liberation? No let's write about spoiled old retirees from the British military insteadI was so disappointed in this book

  2. Donna Donna says:

    I particularly enjoyed the way the novel discusses British Indian relations during India's period of colonization After reading The Tree Bride I felt like I had better understanding of the varying mindsets in their highly nuanced society of that period As for the story I liked how the main character's uest to find her roots in India leads her to uncover old mysteries that have caught up with her present life in the US However I felt that the novel had many story lines that weren't cohesively integrated The novel starts with the Tara a young Indian woman who's married to the guy who invented the Internet and now lives in the US She struggles to pick up the pieces of her life after a divorce and an assassination attempt on her family In the process she ends up delving deeper into her past and finds out that the perpetrator Hai was a descendant of a Muslim family her Hindu family had wronged decades ago The problem is that there wasn't a convincing reason why Hai wanted to kill her On one of her visits to India she met Hai's father who was very kind to her suggesting that past wrongs had been forgotten So when I finished the book I was left hanging wondering how all the pieces fit together

  3. Sarah Sarah says:

    If I were the kind of person who could stop reading in the middle of a book I wouldn't have finished this one I was really looking forward to reading this novel about Indian culture by a woman writer and the premise seemed totally interesting but it was a let down I had a lot of trouble following the relationships between characters like you actually need to sit and write it out to keep it straight Once you do there's no real payoff There are supposed to be these ta da moments when these connections are revealed but I didn't care enough about the characters for the connections to mean anything The book moves from past to present sometimes in what appears to be the consciousness of a long dead white male and I found this confusing and I like Faulkner I don't mind shifting POV if it's done well or for a purpose I also thought the book would provide insights into Indian culturewomen's lives but not so much The author spends a lot of time talking about how some tree or city has two or three different names and I had little patience with it Perhaps if I were Indian or had been there this would have meant something All in all a big disappointment I'll actually be getting rid of this novel and I'm typically a hoarder when it comes to books

  4. Ape Ape says:

    I read this one on my holidays this week and it was all right But it dotted about a bit much for me confussing all the plots and characters in my head a little bit And the tree bride of the title didn't feature that much really which was disappointing Perhaps the most interesting part I found anyway was the story of John Mist the young English lad who gets himself on a ship bound for Calcutta and ends up getting mixed up with the British India Trading Company But again there wasn't enough of thatThe idea of the book is that it's about a woman living in the States who is originally from Bangladesh By strange coincidence the doctor looking after her pregnancy is a descendant of one of the characters of the woman's own ancestry ie the tree bride and the doctor gives her some family papers to help her with her research There's also this bit about a man trying to blow her up but I don't know if I'm dumb but I never really got why that was going on and it never seemed to be resolved

  5. Candice Candice says:

    If this were a library book I wouldn't have finished it but since I bought it I felt like I should read the whole thing It was so disappointing First of all there is not very much mentioned of the title character Instead it's a history of a town in present day Bangladesh Even the parts that dealt with a young English foundling traveling to what was then India in the 1700s was not all that interesting The English man who had been an overseer in the town was now a bitter and hateful old man The present day American woman of Indian heritage was being stalked by an assassin but it wasn't exactly very clear why The book jumped around a lot from present to past and back again and I found this confusing at times I have some favorite Indian authors but Ms Mukherjee is not one of them I will not be reading anything else by this author

  6. Persephone Abbott Persephone Abbott says:

    I most enjoyed the elaborate descriptive layers of the characters' hatelove relationships with the cultures countries and life in which they found themselves This is why I think the book deserves three stars I thought the end could have been better it was a bit of a disappointment when it boiled down to a phantom deed

  7. Anna Anna says:

    It looked very promising but was very dry It focused on numerous stories and mostly not the ones I enjoyed Mukherjee is definitely a talented writer but the plot did not draw me in I wanted to know about the tree bride and the narrator and it mostly focused on a British men in India

  8. Sherry Partington Sherry Partington says:

    I just couldn't finish it Confusing rambling Started off well with an interesting story and then just completely lost me One of the very few books that I will not finish I kept hoping and just decided enough

  9. Jason Jason says:

    While beautifully written the images conveyed are gorgeous I felt that the book didn't really end I felt that certain story lines just stopped with no conclusion so I was left wanting

  10. Ellen Shifrin Ellen Shifrin says:

    I agree with many of the reviews for The Tree Bride beautifully written but difficult to follow So many times I didn’t know which “he” was being referred to So many times I didn’t know what happened to the characters who had just been the focus but suddenly something else was happening Towards the end I wanted to but didn’t create a family tree as I was having a hard time re who was who great great aunt vs great uncles sons daughters brothers mothers etc But the thing I felt was excellent was a the clear picture of the conflicted role of the British in India and b the change in society once the Industrial Revolution took hold and continues to do so today This uotation grabbed me “What had worked in previous centuries however was now under assault No sooner had Bonapartism been routed than new challenges arose Hell had climbed from the bowels of the earth and taken up residence in every port and city This brutal new thing would soon go by the name of Industrialism Devils of industry were running free where trout and salmon had once filled creels in tidal basins where the poor had raked for shellfish and on village greens where flocks had fed for centuries” Part 2 Section 1I'm also going to read of George Orwell as a result of one part of the book but on the whole I wish I could recommend this book but can’t

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