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The Mistress of Spices (1997)

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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So... I was reading this perfectly awesome book with lots of meta commentary and then I got hit by a big dose of misogyny. Which was later proven to be untrue in the case of the heroine, although I’m not sure if the implication is that it’s untrue in other cases (that women will fake diseases/set fire to things to get attention). The narrator, who is a modern man, normally tells you what he means so I’m waiting for him to clarify. Ok, finished. Misogyny not too bad for a book published when this was, like, to normal levels? I was terribly bothered by it later on because the narrator is a Brian Kinney type of asshole, he insists on telling the truth about everything and everyone and that results in a lot of veiled insults that make you laugh coz they are pretty true. I do wish the heroine had been more of a person and less of a 'mystery' (as a teacher pointed out, the mystery of Sarah was that there was no mystery). Her actions remain unexplained even when she gives an explanation and if that flew with any men because they could not understand women in their lives, it certainly doesn't with me. ( )
1 vote askajnaiman | Jun 14, 2016 |
This is a modern-day fairy tale, and like all fairy tales there is a lesson (or several) to be learned. Reminiscent of "Like Water for Chocolate." Makes me wish I knew more about spice lore and Indian folklore.
I read it again in Sept 1998 and it is even better on second reading. I picked up many more clues. FATE at work here? DESTINY? A most intriguing book. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 8, 2016 |
Tilo, a mistress of spices, tells her story as well as those around her. The story kept me interested throughout. I really enjoyed this, another tiny taste of India for me. ( )
  niquetteb | Feb 9, 2015 |
This is one of my favorite movies, and since the book is usually better, I keep thinking I should love this. And I keep trying to read it, and I keep bogging down. Maybe someday I will make it through...
  SusanListon | Nov 30, 2014 |
between 2.5 and 3. this has a nice modern-day fairy tale kind of thing going for it that works well. i felt shades of chocolat (but this was written first) and like water for chocolate, but this also has its own feel and character to it in spite of any similarities. i wasn't excited about the romance in this book; it just didn't interest me even a little, although all of the other relationships and stories did. ( )
  elisa.saphier | Nov 6, 2014 |
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On a mythic island of women "where on our skin, the warm rain fell like pomegranate seeds" powerful spices like cinnamon, turmeric, and fenugreek whisper their secrets to young acolytes. Ordained after trial by fire, each new spice mistress is sent to a far-off land to cure the life pains of all Indian seekers, while keeping a cool distance from the mortals. Only stubborn, passionate Tilo, disguised as an old woman merchant in present-day Oakland, California, fails to heed the vengeful spices' warnings. Fragrant with spice and sensuality, this winning tale rolls off the tongue. Written in the soaring, poetic tradition of China Men and Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

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A magic realism tale on Tilo, a woman from India who is given immortality by the gods as long as she remains chaste. In her old age Tilo ends up in California, running a spice shop and helping immigrants. One day enters Raven, a handsome American, and Tilo transforms herself into a beautiful woman for a night of love. Now she must pay the price.… (more)

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