Saree

Saree[EPUB] ✾ Saree ❃ Su Dharmapala – Bluevapours.co.uk Nila wasn t born beautiful and is destined to go through life unnoticed until she becomes a saree maker As she works, Nila weaves into the silk a pattern of love, hope and devotion, which will prove t Nila wasn t born beautiful and is destined to go through life unnoticed until she becomes a Saree maker As she works, Nila weaves into the silk a pattern of love, hope and devotion, which will prove to be invaluable to lives than her ownFrom the lush beauty of Sri Lanka, ravaged by bloody civil war, to India and its eventual resting place in Australia, this is the story of a precious Saree and the lives it changes forever Nila must find peace, Mahinda yearns for his true calling, Pilar is haunted by a terrible choice, Sarojini doubts her ability to love, Madhav is a holy fraud and Marion s understanding of the very meaning of love is challenged and transformed Each teeters between joy and pain, and each is touched by the power and beauty of the SareeA breathtaking story of beauty, oppression and freedom and of an enduring love that can never be broken See at.

Su Dharmapala is social media commentator, writer and bloggerShe was born in Singapore and grew up between Singapore and Sri Lanka before immigrating to Australia in She completed her Bachelor of Arts majoring in French and German and Bachelor of Science at Monash University in After graduating from University, Su worked in technology for some of Australia s Fortune companiesSu took a two year break from her professional career after her son was born and it was during this time her love for writing was re ignited Su blogs on all things mothering and her posts are often syndicated on kidspotWhen she is not writing or mothering, she is an avid watcher of that bad reality TV show that is Australian politics while cooking scrumptious feasts for friends and family.

Saree PDF/EPUB ✓ Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 560 pages
  • Saree
  • Su Dharmapala
  • English
  • 01 November 2019
  • 1922052930

10 thoughts on “Saree

  1. Monika says:

    Six stories, three countries all connected by one magnificent saree A beautiful read set in the background of Lanka Tamil problems, gives a lovely peak in the life of weavers and deals with many complex emotions Really enjoyed reading this one inspite of the daunting 540 pages length

  2. Meg says:

    Saree had all the right potential to be a wonderful and emotional journey It was supposed to be a novel with six different stories, all interwoven and connected through a precious garment Instead it felt like a big confused mess The first story opened well, a young girl about to begin her career as a Saree maker However, it quickly turned to a hurried, cliched insta love that read like a bad romance novel I was not impressed The second story was the one I enjoyed the most as it focused a l Saree had all the right potential to be a wonderful and emotional journey It was supposed to be a novel with six different stories, all interwoven and connected through a precious garment Instead it felt like a big confused mess The first story opened well, a young girl about to begin her career as a Saree maker However, it quickly turned to a hurried, cliched insta love that read like a bad romance novel I was not impressed The second story was the one I enjoyed the most as it focused a lot on the production of silk something of which I am really interested in But it was really the only story that spoke about the weaving process Disappointing At times the fluffiness gave way to a brief insight into the Sri Lankan civil war, but just not enough for it to feel threatening or brutal for these characters It was just dropped in for good measure I reluctantly kept reading, hoping for the best, but expecting the worse By now I was taking in each tale on its own because I failed to see the connections between characters and their stories Occasionally a name would pop up but it had been so long since they were last mentioned, I couldn t recognise them or remember them I was left trying to figure out the disjointed connection I m so disappointed because it could have been a riveting generational saga but it was so damn lifeless

  3. Sinead Anja (Huntress of Diverse Books) says:

    Cinderzena reviewed Saree on her blog and I just had to get it I have Sinhalese and Burgher roots on my mother s side of the family but due to being educated in international and German schools, I don t know much about the history of Sri Lanka That s what I like about historical fiction, you gain an insight into history while reading fiction You have to be careful that you don t believe everything that s written though, as it is fiction.It s ownvoices.The GoodI m not a huge fan of books that Cinderzena reviewed Saree on her blog and I just had to get it I have Sinhalese and Burgher roots on my mother s side of the family but due to being educated in international and German schools, I don t know much about the history of Sri Lanka That s what I like about historical fiction, you gain an insight into history while reading fiction You have to be careful that you don t believe everything that s written though, as it is fiction.It s ownvoices.The GoodI m not a huge fan of books that span over decades centuries and follow one family through generations I thought that the saree would be handed down That s not what this story was like though The book follows the stories of six different people different genders and ethnicities over the course of 30 years They are connected to each other through the art of saree making and the one special saree The author threads the stories together and manages to create fascinating connections between the main characters.The writing was superb I loved how the author wove the saree theme into the story There are six stories that each follow a different main character and somehow even though the events take place in different places and at different times, Su Dharmapala manages to write a solid story with a beginning and an end My favourite story was about Nila as I was able to learn a lot about saree making through it Nevertheless, I think all of the stories were perfect.There are several ethnic groups in Sri Lanka, four of which were mentioned and three groups with named representatives Other than the description of the tensions between the various ethnic groups, there are plotlines that discuss mental health, colorism, dwarfism, mutism and scarring I enjoyed that the book was very intersectional and didn t paint the characters as one dimensional people.Otters are mentioned in this book, which is most probably something only I find great They re one of my favourite animals and I studied them for quite some time Also my uncle s first name and my mother s maiden name were mentioned in the book The BadOne of the characters said that lesbians are unnatural Obviously, I know that there are homoantagonistic people in the real world, thus describing such a character in the book is not the problem Nevertheless, Edit I feel like the character should have been called out for their comment It would also have been great if the story had included a character that was openly queer to balance out this comment.The characters use quite a few ableist words, and this is not called out.Amazing quotesI usually don t showcase my favourite quotes, however I really liked these and find they apply to the real world as wellI sometimes think that it is easy to be honest only when your stomach is not cramping of hunger, or to hold on to your integrity if you don t have to send your children to work as servants in someone s kitchen And he drummed it into me that the average Sinhala person was noresponsible for the government s discriminatory policies than an average Tamil person was responsible for the acts of terrorism in Colombo All in allI love Saree I was quite emotional while reading it and very invested in the story It s a book that covers different types of discrimination gender, religion, ethnic, skin colour, etc I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a diverse read, as it is also intersectional Edit Changed the rating to 4 stars due to some ableist words.Trigger warnings rape, murder, physical abuse, terminal illness

  4. Samurdhi says:

    Ever felt that you are not beautiful Ever felt that no one in your family loves you or accepts you Well, Nila has felt all of them and to add to that she is also dark skinned Not something to be proud of when you are from a country like Sri Lanka which gives waypreference to skin whitening cream and whitening products than any other country She is a person who has never has anyone believe in herself but as she goes through self awakening she finds confidence to be herself and accept he Ever felt that you are not beautiful Ever felt that no one in your family loves you or accepts you Well, Nila has felt all of them and to add to that she is also dark skinned Not something to be proud of when you are from a country like Sri Lanka which gives waypreference to skin whitening cream and whitening products than any other country She is a person who has never has anyone believe in herself but as she goes through self awakening she finds confidence to be herself and accept herself She goes from a woman who drapes her saree with ignorance and fear to a woman who radiates confidence I loved the character of Nila from the very beginning being a dark skinned girl I felt I could resonate with her character Sarees have been a part of my life and learning so much about it made me appreciate itI loved the way the author has written the book in such away that each part, each character compliments another I would compare this writing style to that of Rushdie s in Midnight s Children although, I would like to say that I liked this bookthan Rushdie s I loved it, simply loved it I ordered The Wedding Season already

  5. Anita Ward says:

    I chose to read this book because of the Sri Lanka link, what a lovely book Loved the pigeon english section, knowing a few Sri Lankan people, I could relate to the language I have been to Sri Lanka three times and could visualise the places and the people I have also been to the Melbourne area and could relate to that as well.I was concerned at the end of the first story that a conclusion would not be reached, but my concerns were unfounded and was pleased with the ending.It gave you an insi I chose to read this book because of the Sri Lanka link, what a lovely book Loved the pigeon english section, knowing a few Sri Lankan people, I could relate to the language I have been to Sri Lanka three times and could visualise the places and the people I have also been to the Melbourne area and could relate to that as well.I was concerned at the end of the first story that a conclusion would not be reached, but my concerns were unfounded and was pleased with the ending.It gave you an insight of the designing and making of a sari.A real page turner.Highly recommended

  6. Renita D& says:

    Loved this beautiful, sad, poignant book

  7. Samantha Lembo says:

    Six stories that appear separate even how they are written is vastly different told from 1st to 3rd person, changing tense and the gender of the narrator but connect to become one book Set in Sri Lanka and India, and also a small part in Australia we read about a culture that many books don t focus on It is a heavy read in places Quiet a few of the words are written in their original language I found it a lot easier to comprehend once I referenced the glossary at the back of the book Six stories that appear separate even how they are written is vastly different told from 1st to 3rd person, changing tense and the gender of the narrator but connect to become one book Set in Sri Lanka and India, and also a small part in Australia we read about a culture that many books don t focus on It is a heavy read in places Quiet a few of the words are written in their original language I found it a lot easier to comprehend once I referenced the glossary at the back of the book as it became apparent they hadmeaning than names, so couldn t really be skimmed over This book took a while for me to read after each of the 6 stories I found I didn t start the next directly but instead reflected on what I had just read I loved this book and plan on reading it again in a few months I feel I will gain evenfrom a 2nd reading Id recommend this book to everyone with the warning of don t give up on it it is an amazing read and Id be surprised to hear of anyone that completes the book not thinking it was worth it

  8. Sara Eames says:

    This book held a lot of promise but was very weak in places I enjoyed the 1st story and the final story, but the ones in between were not as strong or enjoyable to read The endings to all stories were neatly tied up and it was a satisfactory ending, but it was also a struggle to get there The majority of the characters were well written but, at times, the plot got bogged down Not a bad read, but not one I will re read.

  9. Zainab says:

    Enthralling read Review to come shortly Pls check in on my blog Enthralling read Review to come shortly Pls check in on my blog

  10. Melinda Elizabeth says:

    Saree is rather ambitious, attempting to combine six stories together to create common ending The first story is probably the best a young girl from a poor, cruel family has hidden talents as a sari maker but is struck down with some unfortunate events, but it s almost too much of a cinderella story to be considered groundbreaking or original The remainder of the stories are either rushed, poorly composed, or not interesting I admit to skipping through a few chapters because I couldn t st Saree is rather ambitious, attempting to combine six stories together to create common ending The first story is probably the best a young girl from a poor, cruel family has hidden talents as a sari maker but is struck down with some unfortunate events, but it s almost too much of a cinderella story to be considered groundbreaking or original The remainder of the stories are either rushed, poorly composed, or not interesting I admit to skipping through a few chapters because I couldn t stand the way they were written There was an attempt to really immerse the reader into particular characters narrative, but I just couldn t follow along So when you have so many different narratives in one book it needs to be balanced in such a way that characters remain familiar throughout the process With the passing of time in the book and the many characters you need to try and keep track of, Saree didn t manage the balance By the end of it you re really trying to connect the dots and determine why exactly we should be investing in the last few characters we are introduced to I can t say that I can recommend it, but I was pleased enough with the final chapters to give it a three instead of a 2

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