The Rice Mother

The Rice Mother

Book - 2002
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Beguiled by promises of wealth, fourteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her native Ceylon for Malaysia and marriage to a man many years her senior. But Ayah has lied to her and her family about his circumstances and in fact lives in poverty. A woman of formidable energy and intelligence, Lakshmi provides security, if not luxury, for her family, though at a considerable emotional cost. Then the Japanese army invades during WWII. On the eve of peace, her beloved eldest daughter is raped and killed by the occupying army. The family bears deep scars and inflicts those wounds on the next generation. But in Nisha, Lakshmi's great-granddaughter, it is as if Fate has come full circle and the novel ends on a note of reconciliation and hope.
Publisher: London : 2002
ISBN: 9780340823828
Branch Call Number: AF MANI


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May 26, 2019

This is one of those books where I read every word. A Sri Lankan girl is married under a web of lies to a man she meets on her wedding day. He is supposed to be rich and her life will be easy. Not so, he is poor, all his finery is borrowed and his looks don’t makeup for the deception. But he is kind, though only his children will appreciate it. Beginning in 1916, we hear the history through each persons words and thoughts. The Japanese invasion of Malaysia is graphic and horrifying. But The Rice Mother endures it all, spins food and clothing seemingly out of air. Her children love her, but fear and hate her in the same breath.
This is one of those books I picked up on a whim at the library sale and it is definitely a stupendous read which I will share with my friends

Feb 20, 2017

Loved the story of the Rice Mother........superbly written and definitely a page turner! I highly recommend it and wish this author had written more......I'm looking???? Waiting??

Mar 15, 2012

An excellent book (from my perspective a little less so than "The Japanese Lover". The story of a family led by the strong and determined mother. Takes place in Malaysia prior to the Japanese invasion and continues on to the present day. The tragic death of one of her first-born twins begins the downward spiral of her family.
I definitely recommend it!

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