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But without such narrative strength we might not have this particular story at all. Other minor but compelling subplots include Lenny’s parents’ changing relationship, the murder of a British official, and the child marriage of the much-abused daughter of one of Lenny’s family’s servants” Holmes. View all 4 comments.

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Lenny and her cousin are convinced they keep seeing Ayah everywhere. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The interwoven plots give each other substantial meaning. She sends in the police to take Ayah, who is then delivered to the rehabilitation center next door. I loved this book.

Richly layered, both realistic and magically evocative, as well as topical: As a young girl, Sidhwa witnessed first-hand the bloody Partition ofin which seven million Muslims and five million Hindus were uprooted in the largest, most terrible exchange of population that history has known.

A campaign of civil disobedience was launched inwhile the Muslim League and many princely states supported the British war effort.

Cracking India

But in any case, it did have some redeeming qualities. Yet I still found it to be boring, uneven, and poorly suited to Perhaps I’m the wrong audience for this book. Colonel Barucha exuberantly consoles the Sethi family about Lenny’s disability, sihwa keeps her from school: So the ancient city of Lahore is torn asunder by Western-style nationalism and nation-state building—one of many lasting wounds from British rule.

She describes the mixed blessings of her own honesty, showing self-awareness as well. During this time she was an active women’s rights spokesperson, representing Pakistan in the Asian Women’s Congress of Cracking India tells the story of the partition of India through the eyes of young Lenny, a Parsee girl growing up in Lahore.


She offers no novel explanation for the violence that engulfed the partition. Her family is indulgent and loving, and she is surrounded by neighbours and servants of every conceivable religious and ethnic background, who at the start, all appear to live in harmony. In this poem, Iqbal presents a theory of self that argues for a life of action, rather than ascetic renunciation of the world. She is an inspiration, truly.

Like so much else in this novel, Sidhwa’s treatment of polio is emphatically and refreshingly local, focused on the way daily life goes on in its particular, individual ways in the context of large-scale political conflicts and received notions about bodies and identities” Holmes ; emphasis added. Lenny narrates the events of her family and native Lahore over more than a ten year period, from before World War II to just after Indian independence and the partition.

She manages to do justice to the complexity of racial, ethnic, and religious violence that accompanied the partitioning of India Her Ayah nanny is Hindu and gives Lenny the love that she seems to lack from her busy mother.

He too has clever fingers. Or more accurately 1. Gandhi, the Mahatma “Great Soul” declared: Her Ice-Candy-Man is a lively, compelling novel, ambitiously conceived, skillfully plotted and beautifully written. Although “Cracking India” is a novel, Bapsi Sidhwa captures the hearts of her readers through the eyes of Lenny, a young girl, who, “just like that” became a citizen of Pakistan.

He published in Persian in order to address his appeal to the entire Muslim world.

Also, shouldn’t Goodreads have a system where they categorize this as one book? The girl’s beloved Ayah is a Hindu and it is one of the most poignant moments in the book when the girl, baapsi the Ice-candy Man, betrays her hiding place. Can one break a country? Ayah and Lenny witness the emergence of the English band from the Salvation Didhwa compound – which appear to Lenny as “a slick red and white caterpillar, its legs marching.


It was discovered this morning because of the smell: Young Lenny Sethi is kept out of school because she suffers from polio. In one of her infrequent bursts of poetry, Sidhwa writes, ‘Despite the residue of passion and regret, and loss of those who have in panic fled– the fire could not have burned for.

Cracking India Summary & Study Guide

There was no polio in India before they brought it here! Quit India Movement started by Gandhiresumed the civil disobedience movement. Why Or more accurately 1. I have a radio. This book is violent. Despite the nagging of his unbearable mother-in-law, Because Adi goes “to a regular school,” much of his daytime life is “lived apart” from crippled Lenny This review has been hidden sidywa it contains spoilers.

Ice-Candy-Man” foreshadowing the poetic impulse of his future ” 36pretends to be tearfully touched when English memsahibs buy his birds in order to release them from their cages. As a literary construction, the novel is great.

Cdacking states, “I have many teachers” 29counting Ayah, her admirers, and Cousin among these “teachers. European nationalism had produced destructive racism and imperialism, and the Indian nationalist movement did not seem to him fueled by a sense of common purpose.

Godmother promises to help Ayah get away from Ice-candy Man and to be returned to her family. How can we fight each other?