The Crow Eaters (Great Britain)
Paperback: 267 pages
Publisher: Daunt Books (Great Britain), 83 Marylebone High Street, London W 1 U 4QW
Date: April 2015
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At the dawn of the 20th century in Pakistan, Freddy Junglewalla moves his family — pregnant wife, baby daughter, and Jerbanoo, his rotund mother-in-law — from their ancestral forest home to cosmopolitan Lahore. He opens a store, and as his fortunes grow, so does the animosity between Freddy and his mother-in-law. While Freddy prospers under British rule, life with the domineering Jerbanoo is another matter entirely. This exuberant novel, full of rollicking humor, paints a vivid picture of life in the Parsee community.
One of the great comic novels of the 20th century.
A novel of immense charm and exuberance…Sidhwa consistently imparts the magic and colour of India even in its most down-to-earth aspects.
Bapsi Sidhwa’s voice- comic, serious, subtle, always sprightly- is an important one to hear.
An excellent novel… The author is born storyteller.
Spirited, bawdy, and always deeply compassionate. This book is a true delight.
Sidhwa writes with an exuberance and geniality which make The Crow Eaters illuminating and memorable.