The Folded Earth

The Folded Earth

Book - 2012
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In a remote town in the Himalaya, Maya tries to put behind her a time of great sorrow. By day she teaches in a school and at night she types up drafts of a magnum opus by her landlord, a relic of princely India known to all as Diwan Sahib. Her bond with this eccentric, and her friendship with a peasant girl, Charu, give her the sense that she might be able to forge a new existence away from the devastation of her past. As Maya finds out, no place is remote enough or small enough. The world she has come to love, where people are connected with nature, is endangered by the town's new administration. The impending elections are hijacked by powerful outsiders who divide people and threaten the future of her school. Charu begins to behave strangely, and soon Maya understands that a new boy in the neighbourhood may be responsible
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012
Edition: First Free Press trade paperback edition
ISBN: 9781451633337
Branch Call Number: FIC Roy, A 2012
Characteristics: 269 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Jun 30, 2018

Excellent book, well worth reading, especially if one is open to exploring other cultures.

Nov 30, 2017

Roy is a wonderfully subtle writer, presenting her characters with insight and mapping the context in this Himalayan town. Recommended.

Jul 22, 2012

A fair attempt to recreate the feel for the contemporary lives of people in a remote mountain village. Plenty of interesting characters, but I didn't find any of them drawn fully enough to engage me. The "progress" in the region was sad to see, and some of the political struggles were kind of interesting, but not deeply enough described either. Diwan Sahib was the highlight of the story, though, and the end regarding his papers well done.


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