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Meena has recently arrived in Kalipatti with her pregnant mother, Lakshmi. They settle in Abe’s home (Abe is Meena’s deceased
father’s older brother), the strange but yet familiar family home where
Abe still brews in the injustices of the past and the frustrations of the present.
When Florent, a French tourist to Kalipatti, unwittingly interferes with the
fragile status-quo of the newly recomposed family, unpredictable events begin to
unfold. The brilliant colors, light, landscapes and traditions of rural
Tamil Nadu become a backdrop to child prostitution, misplaced and misused
good will, and familial, societal and political negotiations of power and privilege.
Vibrantly visual, laden with lore and legend, The Kalipatti Quartet weaves threads of tradition, custom and myth into those of cross-cultural confrontation, jealousy and betrayal...and innocent, idealistic and selfless acts of love, faith and generosity. The final tapestry is an intertwined series of cause and effect where truth and misunderstandings take on fantastic proportions, and fantasies are given free reign to become truths. The Kalipatti Quartet speaks of themes that are age-old: the idealism and wonder of youth; fraternal jealousy; life-changing friendship; and maternal love, as well as current themes: sex tourism; the shock of colliding cultures; and insidious corruption.
CATHY (Saturday, 05 January 2008) Rating: I thoroughly enjoyed The Kalipatti Quartet by Julie Wayne. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading-I was compelled to see how life unfolds for dear, sweet Meena.rnBeautifully written.
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