It reminded me of fairytales for adults. She is just so darn good at developing authentic and memorable characters. Not only do I not care but I've learned very little about them. In contrast, the perfection of both Lakshmi and Maggie's husband is excessive. The Story Hour was a little bit disappointing, however, perhaps because my expectations were so high.
Realization and shame struck me next. She's also having a dispassionate affair with a white guy. The story follows the lives of two women: one an African-American psychologist, and the other an East-Indian immigrant who is her patient after a suicide attempt. Mallard is informed of her husband's apparent death. The protagonist in this story, Lakshmi, seems so real to me that I can picture her in this room with me. There are books that are emotional and then there is The Story Hour, which punches you in the heart over and over and over. On connections between Chopin, Aubrey Beardsley, and the decadent literary quarterly The Yellow Book.
An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. And is even insulted when she is informed that Maggie is married to an Indian. Mallard, celebrates the death of her husband, yet, Chopin challenges readers of all backgrounds, gender, age, and cultural societies to analyze, question and criticize the behavior of Mrs. It was the kind of marriage that established boundaries between men and women and consisted of a lack in communication between the marital partners. For example, the recent tragedy in America, within one hour much had happened in the borders of the United States and Chopin's choice of title brought that to my attention, within an hour much could happen that could completely change someone's life. I'd say this is a must-read for anyone interested in American feminist writings.
But while their relationship is deeply affectionate, it is also warped by conflicting expectations. Mallard suffers from heart problems and therefore her sister attempts to inform her of the horrific news in a gentle way. Louis Fine Art Club based on it. Maggie is called in to the hospital to assist with Lakshmi's care. In the case of Mrs. Lakshmi isn't a conventional patient who expresses her thoughts and feelings easily.
Or listen to it, as I felt the audiobook had a great reader. How about settling for making all characters interesting and contributing to the plot, as a better standard? Many women would not have had the strength to deal with these new ideas and emotions, but would have simply allowed another male to take control of their exi. Louise's death is interpreted in a very specific way in the end. At the hospital she meets Maggie, the psychologist who is assigned to evaluate her. This therapist, Maggie, is African-American and married to an Indian man.
And it was the removal of that intense joy that led to her death. The Story Hour would be a perfect book club choice. The rest was nearly a 2 star for me. And she was mean to Lakshmi sometimes when I thought she should have been kind. Women married young, and their husbands became masters of not only their wives but also all of her possessions and decisions.
Having said that, I have to add that the bar was set really high by that book, and I still enjoyed this book tremendously. It land on top of the coffee tablewhy he call it the coffee table when in this house we only drink chai? I love how she articulates the clash of cultures, the immigrant experience, and how differences are challenging but surmountable when friendship and love cross cultural boundaries. Shilpa never reading my note. When it comes to Lakshmi, she is clueless. But Thrity Umrigar reveals far more. It ends abruptly but on a hopeful tone. Belief me when I say not single day pass in six years that I not thought of you.
I also was baffled that she spoke to her husband in this same strange diale While interesting and at times moving, this book was so problematic that I can't bring myself to rate it more highly. A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem no less a crime as she looked upon it in that brief moment of illumination. Only great works can make like-minded people see things in a different way. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature. Louise Mallard has heart trouble.