First Darling of the Morning: Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood
A Poignant And Brave Exploration Of Childhood S Less Lovely Spaces& It Is Bombay, In The Seventies And Eighties. The Author Is An Only Child In A Middle-Class Parsi Family And Her Life Is Typical Of A Convent-Educated Indian Schoolgirl. However, There Is No Denying The Thinly-Veiled Racial Prejudices Of Her Family And Her Mother S Sadistic Streak& First Darling Of The Morning Is A Sensitive, Vividly-Relived Memoir That Captures The Innocence And Confusion Of A Small Girl Struggling Against The Paradoxes That Rock Her Life Of A Middle-Class Parsi Girl Going To A Catholic School In A Predominantly Hindu City; Of A Girl Cosy In The Overwhelming Love Of Her Extended Family And Yet A Victim Of The Exacting Demands Of Grown-Up Love; Of A Privileged, Westernized, Citified Kid, A Stranger In Her Own Land, Devastated By The Guilt Of Growing Up Provided-For In A Country Of Abysmal Poverty... With An Unflinching Gaze...Umrigar Pulls Each Of [Her Characters] Into And Out Of Focus To Reveal The Definitive At Times Profoundly Intimate Events Of Their Respective Lives... [A] Dazzling Debut.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Beth350 - LibraryThing
I thoroughly enjoyed Thrity Umrigar's memoir. I met her a the Sioux Falls Book Celebration and it was great to read about what this quiet, well spoken professor was like as a child in Bombay. Read full review
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Umrigar's fictional works (Bombay Time; The Space Between Us; If Today Be Sweet) evoke nostalgia for a particular moment in India: the postcolonial but still preliberalization 1960s and 1970s, the ... Read full review