Jasmine When Jasmine is suddenly widowed at seventeen she seems fated to a life of quiet isolation in the small Indian village where she was born But the force of Jasmine s desires propels her explosively in

  • Title: Jasmine
  • Author: Bharati Mukherjee
  • ISBN: 9780802136305
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Paperback
  • When Jasmine is suddenly widowed at seventeen, she seems fated to a life of quiet isolation in the small Indian village where she was born But the force of Jasmine s desires propels her explosively into a larger, dangerous, and ultimately life giving world In just a few years, Jasmine becomes Jane Ripplemeyer, happily pregnant by a middle aged Iowa banker and tWhen Jasmine is suddenly widowed at seventeen, she seems fated to a life of quiet isolation in the small Indian village where she was born But the force of Jasmine s desires propels her explosively into a larger, dangerous, and ultimately life giving world In just a few years, Jasmine becomes Jane Ripplemeyer, happily pregnant by a middle aged Iowa banker and the adoptive mother of a Vietnamese refugee Jasmine s metamorphosis, with its shocking upheavals and its slow evolutionary steps, illuminates the making of an American mind but even powerfully, her story depicts the shifting contours of an America being transformed by her and others like her our new neighbors, friends, and lovers In Jasmine, Bharati Mukherjee has created a heroine as exotic and unexpected as the many worlds in which she lives Rich one of the most suggestive novels we have about what it is to become an American The New York Times Book Review

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    1. “Can wanting be fatal?”This captivated me. It’s about hardships, and fighting to overcome them. It’s about illegal immigration, why it can happen, and the terrifying journey it can be. There are vivid, even shocking descriptions of life in India, but to me this is a very American story—scrappy and full of ambition.Jasmine undergoes multiple transformations along her journey—to her surroundings, her home, her family and her name. Mukherjee takes us back and forth in time through these [...]

    2. "For the uncle, love was control. Respect was obedience. For Prakash, love was letting go. Independence, self-reliance: I learned the litany by heart. But I felt suspended between worlds.""In Hasnapur, Dida told stories of Vishnu the Preserver containing our world inside his potbellied stomach. I sit, baffled, in the dark living room of our house in Baden, loaded rifle against my belly, cocooning a cosmos."Five stars! W/o a flinch!The Gods never lost their androgyny in the East, did they!?I'm qu [...]

    3. I was recommended this book following a lecture series on US-Indian literature, and unfortunately, it does not live up to its hype. A young Indian widow's quest to fulfill her late husband's will by traveling to America and visiting the college he attended would make an interesting starting point for a story about a woman's search for her identity in a foreign country, but sadly, this endeavour soon falls flat due to one-dimensional protagonists and plot "twists" in the style of an improbable Bo [...]

    4. In the name of honesty, I read this book for a class taught by the author. It was a great class, and she used the novel as a great example of things like how a writer thinks, approaching symbolism, and the writing and publishing process generally.Still, this book, although unique, failed to really strike a chord with me. I felt no sympathy or disgust for any of the characters, even though I got the sense that I was supposed to feel SOMETHING. What this book did do well was intrigue me enough to [...]

    5. I have no idea what to think about this book. Did I like it? Hm Did I dislike it Hm I kinda nothing it. While reading this I kept wondering wether it would get a spot in my bookshelf or go to a second hand. The latter won. Because of the ending. What the heck was up with the ending? It destroyed the whole story that COULD have been something. Thanks to the ending I know for sure it was nothing. Identity crisis and culture shock is a serious matter that affects a lot of people. Doesnt mean books [...]

    6. I first read this in graduate school with a professor who assigned the book and then once we finished reading it proceeded to totally deconstruct it. A post-colonial Indian himself, he took umbrage with the backward depiction of rural life in India. I was very impressionable and spent the next ten years thinking Mukherjee was a hack writer with simple minded constructions.On a second read at a more mature age, I see now that there is much to like in this novel; the fragmented and nonlinear const [...]

    7. What will you give to be an American? What will you give to experience the American dream, to grasp all the prosperity and security and happiness that so many Americans seem to have?For Jyoti, a seventeen-year-old widow who lost her husband to the violence that plagues India, there's not a lot she won't do. Illegally immigrate? Sure, why not? Commit murder? Steal another woman's husband, and then leave him? There you go. As Jyoti gradually acclimates to the society and values of America, she lea [...]

    8. Jasmine (1989) is the third book of Bharati Mukherjee's that I've picked up, and I've definitely gained the sense that Mukherjee would really be a cool professor to have. Her writing tends to have a quality of being more successful as Professor Mukherjee's lectures on identity and global modernity than well-constructed narratives.As a novel following the journey of Jyoti/Jasmine/Jane, who goes from Indian country girl/beloved wife to illegal immigrant/Upper West Side nanny to Midwest trophy wife [...]

    9. This story was not what I had expected from an Indian author. Initially the first few chapters concerning Jasmine's current life in the United States I found unremarkable even tedious. It wasn't until the author took us back to her life in India, her misfortunes, her escapes and her travels that the story became more interesting. Eventually I finished the book quite keenly although I felt that there were several places where the narrative was too thin and events were summarized where more detail [...]

    10. In a little more than 200 pages Jasmine, the narrator, tells her story. She went back and forth in time piecing it together. She was born in Hasnapur, India, 18 years after the Partition of India. She was the 5th daughter and 7th of 9 children. In 1947, due to the partition, her parents fled the city of Lahore where they lived a comfortable life and moved to Hasnapur where they now lived in poverty. For Jasmine there would be no money for a dowry. And “bad luck followed dowryless wives, rebell [...]

    11. This book is about a child's immigration to India. For we see all through the novel that Jasmine, call her what you will, is only a child. And the name changes, people call my Christy, Chris, some even take pride in calling me by my imaginary full name, Christina while I am just Christy. That doesn't mean I have multiple personalities, it means people like to call you differently. And also in many places, I find Jyoti or Jasmine acting like a child. When Karin calls her a gold digger, she defian [...]

    12. 3/5.This novel doesn't really work. The main character experiences so much trauma over the course of her life, that the trauma is devalued in importance, and no specific incident can be treated with the seriousness it deserves. I understand that the novel is trying to depict Jasmine in different contexts, in each of which she experiences violence and which she interprets as being multiple selves (perhaps due to this trauma). Unfortunately, the transitions between contexts are difficult to believ [...]

    13. I much enjoyed this engrossing tale, especially the voice of the heroine/narrator as she struggles through adversity and begins to discover her own power to make a better life for herself. Pages and paragraphs alternate between several settings: India, where Jasmine’s beloved husband is murdered by religious zealots; Florida, where she makes illegal entry to the United States and survives a dire assault by her human trafficker; New York, where she works as an au pair; and rural Iowa, where she [...]

    14. an interesting look into the forming of an identity. The main lead is an Indian woman who migrate to the US for a purpose, and through many hardships, she did arrive in the US soil - though this was only the beginning of her real journey.The way the main lead literally created another name to represent another identity for each place she had dwelled in felt very real to me.The only complain I have about this book is the inherent cinderella complex that is still quite apparent here, were every ma [...]

    15. Second time reading this book. Both times it was assigned in a Lit course, and I can't figure out why it is receiving so much love from the academy. I find this book to be kind of entertaining, but it is a mess as well. It just goes off in so many directions and fails to really bring any of them home. I don't think this novel deserves to be taught and I wouldn't recommend it. I am interested in reading some of the author's other works though as I think she can write some nice sentences, and has [...]

    16. I like this book for its writing. The language is beautiful, and full of sarcastic poetry. When I read it first I gave it three stars. But then after studying the book today, I am compelled to increase it to a four star rating.This book makes one question many things. Including if this is about Jyoti's journey from entrapment to liberation linear, or has it been in a circle, aided by men, never truly independent.

    17. This book still fascinates me. It was integral to my undergrad senior thesis (over 10 years ago) - American Studies interdisciplinary look at immigration and the depiction of immigration and assimilation in fiction. I don't read it so much as a story, but how it turns immigration stereotypes upside down, and plays with names and geography for creating identity.

    18. Jasmine is one of the few women who wanted to entirely escape the traditional woman's role in Hasnapur, India after having married a young man of modern sensibility. Having been widowed at only 17, she tries to realize the dreams she and her husband had for each other in America. Her dreams were not easily attained as any new immigrant knows

    19. According to the back of this book, this is a story about "becoming an American". I think that it is more about adapting the different parts of yourself to your situation and working through all those parts to find the person you want to be.

    20. I did love the author's style and, as a Midwesterner, I appreciated the accuracy of the setting. However, the main character was just unlikable. The ending really put the nail in the coffin for me. (I really did yell "You BITCH!" at Jasmine/Jane.)

    21. I couldn't relate to the story, style of writing, or plot. It was a disjointed narrative of one woman's search for identity while she attempts to become an American, not Indian American. That would be fine with me if the plot was half ways interesting.

    22. A story of immigration and emancipation that is worthwhile in itself, but the narrative suffers because the writing is uneven. There are two schocking scenes that are riveting page turners. Otherwise you might find yourself skimming.

    23. Jasmine is a well written story of a young woman born in India whoselife has many twists and turns. While many who might have gone through similarevents might have given up under a number of the circumstances she suffers - shedoes not.Jasmine is a woman of character and strength.I particularly like how she perseveres upon arriving in America.Ms Mukherjee has written a well crafted story that has the ring of truthto it.I liked this book very much.

    24. Utgivningsår: 1991 ISBN: 9780802136305Jasmine är romanens berättarjag. Hennes berättelse om tillvaron i Indien tycker jag är bäst. Många hemskheter inträffar innan vi återfinner henne i Elsa County, Iowa. Kanske den svala distanserade berättartonen är avsiktlig för att illustrera att distans är enda möjliga hållningen till outhärdliga händelser. Men som läsare blir jag därför inte heller berörd.

    25. I love Indian themed books and the Indian immigrant themed books. This author's writing style didn't grab me. I felt there was too much jumping around. I had questions that didn't get clear answers. Worst of all, I couldn't feel for Jasmine, I felt she was an opportunist, and in the end I wanted to scream at her. Perhaps it says something for the author that I cared enough to be angry. This will be the topic of our January book club so I'm sure it will make for a lively discussion.

    26. I am shocked and pleasantly surprised by how much I absolutely loved this book. It was required to read for one of my classes and I am so happy it was for it is not a book I would have ever chosen to read on my own.

    27. Those interested in intersecting cultures and quests for identity should find plenty to appreciate.

    28. *Read for my Politics of Difference class. Damn. I have so many feelings about this book and so many thoughts and I don't know how to get any of them together.

    29. I was assigned this book for a Ph.D. level course on Travel Narratives taught at the University of Arizona. I was quite excited for this book, as it is praised as being one of the "best" novels about immigration to have come from an Indian author. In academia, there is a lot of talk about how wonderful and life-changing this book is. But after reading it, twice, I have to say: Kind of average. The story is about a young woman named Jyoti. Jyoti grows up in India and is eventually married, and li [...]

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