Burnt Sugar, by Avni Doshi.
Antara is not Tara. She’s not her mother.
Tara was a brave, rebellious, self-determined woman, ran way from her family and husband, brought her only child to the ashram. Don’t care what other people think, she said. She has no idea how her abandonment, her devotion to the religious leader and practice to a fault, deeply affected her daughter.
Antara grown up with a reverberating resentment while her mother develops dementia, forgetting the memories responsible to her only child’s sorrow. She becomes the only witness in her dark memories.
She feels invisible.
I picked this book up only for shallow reasons: first it’s shortlisted in #2020BookerPrize, the second reason is because the cover looks nice. This is a story about the bitterness of mother and daughter relationship, the similar theme with the last book I’ve had read last September: PONTI by Sharlene Teo. In short, I love it. 5 of 5, if I should do this in ⭐️ rating system. But I don’t do such thing.
The story is set in Pune, India, and told by Antara in the first-person narrative, with slow pacing and memoir-like tone. I feel the novel is dense with emotions, which I like, and I needed, and as if it wasn’t enough, I also ate some Indian dishes while reading this just because the strong spice-scented food matched with the atmosphere, the world this book created in my mind. I felt easily rooted in with the narrator, although began to doubt her own reliability in the halfway: I sensed her animalistic side, which feels unsettling but the more I think, the more I see this as only our natural dark sides of being brutally honest human. I love her authenticity.
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