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The village by the sea by Anita Desai


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The village by the sea by Anita Desai

  1. 1. The village by the sea by Anita Desai ~Chapter 2~ Clara Allende Iriarte and Alina Claps
  2. 2. Anita Desai, original name Anita Mazumdar (born June 24, 1937, Mussoorie, India), English-language Indian novelist and author of children’s books who excelled in evoking character and mood through visual images ranging from the meteorologic to the botanical. Born to a German mother and Bengali father, Desai grew up speaking German, Hindi, and English. She received a B.A. in English from the University of Delhi in 1957. The suppression and oppression of Indian women were the subjects of her first novel, Cry, the Peacock (1963), and a later novel, Where Shall We Go This Summer? (1975). Fire on the Mountain (1977) was criticized as relying too heavily on imagery at the expense of plot and characterization, but it was praised for its poetic symbolism and use of sounds. Clear Light of Day (1980), considered the author’s most successful work, is praised for its highly evocative portrait of two sisters caught in the lassitude of Indian life. Its characters are revealed not only through imagery but through gesture, dialogue, and reflection. As do most of her works, the novel reflects Desai’s essentially tragic view of life. Baumgartner’s Bombay (1988) explores German and Jewish identity in the context of a chaotic contemporary India. Anita Desai
  3. 3. Lila had to go to the market so that she could buy the food for her family. On Lila’s way home, she stopped to watch Biju’s boat being built by the Alibagh workmen. Hari was watching Biju’s boat being built with the village boys instead of going to catch the fish his family needs for food. Hari wasn’t really interested in the idea of working in the factories; he would rather work on Biju’s boat. The De Silva family came with their baggage from Bombay to stay in Thul for a couple of days, Hari and Lila helped them everyday. Mr. de Silva asked Hari if his father was going to be able to work for their family as a watchman to take care of their house in Thul when they were away, but as soon as Hari got excited and brought his father to see Mr. de Silva, he kept mocking him and saw that he was a hopeless useless drunk man. Mr. de Silva told Hari that he can give him a job as a car-cleaner if he ever comes to Bomaby. Once Hari had spoken to one of the people that were working on the factories, he decided that it would be better to work in the factories because all of the things the man told him about the new city opening in Thul that will be full of chances for him to get a job, but the man kept belittling him and making fun of the fact that Hari knew nothing about life. Ramu told Hari that Biju’s deep-freeze had arrived, but he had lost interest in it. Chapter Summary
  4. 4. He didn’t know whether Mr. de Silva’s idea for Hari to work as a car-cleaner was true or not, neither if he will have the chance to work in one of Thul’s factories later. Hari kept thinking about his family’s future, that his sisters have to get married, and he was the one getting them all they need for it, also he kept wondering what their futures and jobs would be, he didn’t know what the future holds. He felt so bad, he didn’t know what to do, and he was pretty sure that the money he might earn from any job of these isn’t going to be enough for all of this. The chapter ends with Hari coming back home surprised from his three sisters and Pinto’s desperate look, and asked them about what happened.
  5. 5. Chapter Questions What is Hari’s relationship with de Silvas? What does Mr de Silva offer Hari? What are Hari’s worries? What unexpected arrival occurred in the chapter? What does Bombay symbolize for Hari?
  6. 6. Vocabulary “Biju would come waddling down to watch the work in progress. A small boy would carry a folding chair down to the beach from his house and plant it on the sand for Biju to sit on. Biju would lower himself onto it very gingerly, twitching up his loose dhoti and sitting down very uncomfortable. he would obviously have been more comfortable squatting on his heels in the sand as the others did.” Waddle: walk with short steps and a clumsy swaying motion. Gingerly: in a careful or cautious manner. Twitch: To draw, pull, or move suddenly and sharply; jerk Dhoti: A garment consisting of a length of cloth that is typically wrapped around the waist, passed between the legs, and tucked in at the waistline, worn chiefly by Hindu men in India. Squatting: To sit in a crouching position with knees bent and the buttocks on or near the heels.