Sep 27, 2020
English Lessons & Other Stories
Posted by Shauna Singh Baldwin

Shauna Singh Baldwin s passionate stories dramatize the lives of Indian women from 1919 to today, from India to Canada to the US Through the eyes of these women adjusting to change, we see a world whose familiar rhythms mask dissonance and discordance More overt is the ongoing struggle for the Sikh women in these stories to keep their identity and assert it the massacrShauna Singh Baldwin s passionate stories dramatize the lives of Indian women from 1919 to today, from India to Canada to the US Through the eyes of these women adjusting to change, we see a world whose familiar rhythms mask dissonance and discordance More overt is the ongoing struggle for the Sikh women in these stories to keep their identity and assert it the massacres of Partition and 1984 are never far away More subtle is the cost of integration into the new world, how colonialism survives in the minds of the colonized, and how these women confront the twin fear of freedom and fear of the other Moving from the inner sanctums of the family to the world of the office, subway and university, Baldwin lingers sensuously on the mundane surface of her characters lives the jewel like colours of turbans in the wash water, the shimmering bowls of cashews and almonds on a table, the worn magic of an abandoned house in Shimla Slowly, almost innocuously, Baldwin reveals the unseen country her characters inhabit, only to allow this world to withdraw and emerge once again However modern or westernized they might be, Baldwin s characters are always outsiders who inhabit silence and learn to use it, sometimes as a refuge, sometimes as a weapon Some remain prisoners of silence, choking on their own knowledge Some use silence as a weapon against their oppressors Others harness its power to seize their freedom In Jassie,

  • Title: English Lessons & Other Stories
  • Author: Shauna Singh Baldwin
  • ISBN: 9780864922731
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • English Lessons Other Stories Shauna Singh Baldwin s passionate stories dramatize the lives of Indian women from to today from India to Canada to the US Through the eyes of these women adjusting to change we see a world who

    Mads

    I had some mixed feeling with this book A few stories are fairly okay as it moves through time from the 60 ies to modern times with the various struggles of Indian Sikh immigrants and how cultures misread each other Irony could have done wonders with this material, but there is a bitterness that hopefully was unintentional Although Baldwin takes a first person perspective, the book takes a rather beaten path with stereotyping and one dimensional characters A moralistic and at times condescendin [...]


    Amar

    This book is a wonderful account of the Indian predominatly Punjabi immigrant experience in America and Canada The author s lyrical prose brings the reader into each character s life on an intimate level, rather than making the reader feel like a casual observer Although most of the short stories are told from a female s point of view, readers across the board will be drawn in by the author s in depth afinity for character evolvment The short story, Montreal, 1962, is the highlight of the collec [...]


    Satwinder Bains

    The first book I read of Shauna Singh Baldwin s had me thirsting for So many of my life s moments were captured with such beauty that it took my breath away I loved the short stories and yearned to read Spellbound by the words and how they met my eyes with such kindness and caring.


    Sameera

    Would say this is 3.5 The author spins out stories earthy


    Nicole

    This was an interesting and engaging look at cultural expectations of mostly Sikh women The stories in the collection fit together well and provided a variety of perspectives.


    Anna Pearce

    I m not usually a fan of short stories, but I really enjoyed this collection I recommend readers not skip the discussions at the end of the book.


    Shaheena

    A good short story book with South Asian Background I loved her other book What the Body remembers and this is good too in another format.


    Misskennypenny

    My favorite book.


    Jas Deol

    loved this i could relate to the traditional theme and the last short story devika was creepy as hell great writing


    Robert Vaughan

    Great stories that push the envelope from an immigrant s perspective Very relatable and prosaic.


    Karthik

    Every now and then it s good to read a bad book to make the good ones seem enjoyable This book s writing is unworthy even of a personal blog, though some of the stories were endurable.



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