Fish In A Dwindling Lake

Fish In A Dwindling Lake The body was the only truth she knew It was the body alone that was left even as she went beyond the body Journeys form the leitmotif of these astonishing new stories by Ambai Sometimes culminating i

  • Title: Fish In A Dwindling Lake
  • Author: Ambai Lakshmi Holmström
  • ISBN: 9780143414056
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • The body was the only truth she knew It was the body alone that was left, even as she went beyond the body Journeys form the leitmotif of these astonishing new stories by Ambai Sometimes culminating in an unconventional love affair, some are extraordinary tales of loyalty and integrity others touch on the almost fantastic, absurd aspect of Mumbai Yet others explore t The body was the only truth she knew It was the body alone that was left, even as she went beyond the body Journeys form the leitmotif of these astonishing new stories by Ambai Sometimes culminating in an unconventional love affair, some are extraordinary tales of loyalty and integrity others touch on the almost fantastic, absurd aspect of Mumbai Yet others explore the notion of a wholesome self, and its tragic absence at times These stories are illuminated by vivid and unusual characters from an eccentric, penurious singer couple who adopt an ape as their son, to a male prostitute, who is battered by bimbos for not giving full satisfaction.Crucially, some of the stories, like the title one, engage uninhibitedly with a woman s relationship to her body For Ambai, feminist par excellence, the sensual body, experienced as a natural landscape changing with age, is at the same time, the only vehicle of life and tool for mapping the external world.

    One thought on “Fish In A Dwindling Lake”

    1. A much deserved 5 stars! This book is beautifully written and has everything that I want from a desi book. It does not resort to unwanted romanticism and elaborate descriptions of nature to get it's point across. The stories are just right in their length and the characters in it are very well drawn. Reading the book was a breeze and I couldn't get enough of it. Sadly, it had to end, but it has ignited a desire in me to read all the other books by the author.It seems to be really honest writing [...]

    2. Was disappointed with this collection especially since my expectations were very high after reading Purple Sea from the same team. The stories chosen didn't really fall in place into a collection and the translation was very rudimentary. "The calf that frolicked in the hall" was the one saving grace. It was a moving and wonderfully constructed tale!

    3. A lovely little collection of short stories, translated by Lakshmi Holmström (with a wonderful collection of Tamil phrases peppered throughout the book). The stories are centred around the theme of travel, but the heart and soul of the stories explore female sexuality in a way I've never seen in Indian--especially Tamil--literature. Ambai is an intriguing, fascinating, feminist writer!

    4. 1) Journey 4 A short story. Amazing and unexpected ending.2) Journey 5 Also a short story. An unexpected twist. Sweet.

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *