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  • Title: That Long Silence
  • Author: Shashi Deshpande
  • ISBN: 9780860689539
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Paperback
  • Jaya s life comes apart at the seams when her husband is asked to leave his job while allegations of business malpractice against him are investigated Her familiar existence disrupted, her husband s reputation in question and their future as a family in jeopardy, Jaya, a failed writer, is haunted by memories of the past Differences with her husband, frustrations in theirJaya s life comes apart at the seams when her husband is asked to leave his job while allegations of business malpractice against him are investigated Her familiar existence disrupted, her husband s reputation in question and their future as a family in jeopardy, Jaya, a failed writer, is haunted by memories of the past Differences with her husband, frustrations in their seventeen year old marriage, disappointment in her two teenage children, the claustrophia of her childhood all begin to surface In her small suburban Bombay flat, Jaya grapples with these and other truths about herself among them her failure at writing and her fear of anger Shashi Deshpande gives us an exceptionally accomplished portrayal of a woman trying to erase a long silence begun in childhood and rooted in herself and in the constraints of her life.

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    1. I wish I could give it more stars.After a long time I came across such a book - dense narrative, several characters (at least 25), void of a storyline, and yet riveting. From the very beginning it stamps its singularity vividly, perpetuating till the end. I came across the book accidentally. In the reader's club I glanced at the cover with a modern art of a lady against the backdrop of dark old building mounted with a clock. The cover is an art in itself, depicting the strong lady, unwilling to [...]

    2. When it comes to beautiful writing, story takes a backseat for me and that is what happened with ‘That Long Silence by Shashi Deshpande’ .Her writing is something deep and exceptionally classy. It’s never too hard to connect to her protagonist that mainly deals with women and her emotional journey. This book is no different. But this has neither any particular story nor any characters but for Jaya the protagonist who is struck between her wish and her duty,(her wish of becoming a free spir [...]

    3. I picked up this book as a way to allay my guilty feeling for not reading enough Indian authors. Shashi Deshpande ranks high in the list of top Indian authors, so it was natural to pick up one of her books.That Long Silence is the story of Jaya, a housewife and mother to two teenaged children and is a writer in her free time. Jaya’s life resembles any typical Indian housewife, compromising for family needs, putting family before oneself, suffering silently, until she gets a jolt when her husba [...]

    4. To my tastes, this might be the perfect feminist novel. Jaya's first-person narative captures an authentic female experience in middle class India. She frets, probes, justifies, and discovers parts of her psyche as she goes about the daily tasks of being "a career wife." In beautiful prose, Deshpande explores what it means to play a role and be one's self at the same time.

    5. Excellent writing, and a very moving book. Consistently depressing, though, with very little relief from the travails of the life led by Indian women. The plethora of catastrophies heaped on the narrators family are just short of unbelievable, but as a diary of the wrongs suffered silently by Indian wives, the book does justice to its subject.

    6. Shashi Deshpande's portrayal of the protagonist, Jaya, is very powerful. We see glimpses of so many women around us in Jaya. With brutal honesty she lays bare the structures and workings of middle class families.

    7. I fell in love with the protagonist, Jaya. Shashi Deshpande's writing is melancholic, sometimes broody and yet evocative. Jaya's character is multi-layered like onion skin, each time becoming more human. As the book progresses, the everyday life of Jaya gets more complex, and the story mirrors the real world- how mundane and sorted lives we all seem to lead, yet how deeply intricate and complex our lives are. Jaya's decisions are always her own choice, yet not always the brave one. This isn't a [...]

    8. That Long Silence, bred in the soul of every Indian woman, whether married or not married, educated or non-educated. It is always there, silently eating into some women's heart, or coming out in some other way.That Long Silence by Shashi Deshpande is a fictional story, yet something that many women can relate to. Nowadays, every woman born is aware of their rights and can stand for themselves, but still the silence continues. That Long Silence is a story about Jaya, an educated middle-class woma [...]

    9. In the beginning, I found the book extremely hard to read. I was coming from the flowing prose and straightforward narrative of Malathi Rao and for first couple of reading sessions, couldn't get going at all! The sentences felt oddly constructed, narrative jumped all over in space & time. I reread, referenced back like non-fiction. I just couldn't keep all the strands of the story in my head.Then after about 60 pages, without realizing, I fell in with the rhythm. Sentences with long, tangent [...]

    10. A typical "saas bhi kabhi bahu thi" or "valika badhu" kind of tale. I suppose Ekta Kapoor would be interested in making a ("what!"-"what!"-"what!")-sort of daily soap out of it. Feminism is good but what Deshpande has portrayed through Jaya is rather artificial. For example, she ponders over the fact that why Mohan (her hubby) is not interested in taking any dowry (subconsciously she is thinking about her dark complexion and takes it as an answer), her maid Jeeja is also a victim of male chauvin [...]

    11. Shashi Deshpande has once again dealt with 'women-issues', of how they are being treated and what the women actually want. I came across a picture of a 'modern' woman through the character of Jaya and to me this book was less feminist in tone and more of a self-search in criteria adopted. As Jaya comes back to her old house, through the recollection of the past events, she realizes that though she had the ability to make her own decisions, she had always left it to the others to do it for her. A [...]

    12. A typical of Deshpande's novel, where the protagonist is again at nervous breakdown and is talking to herself. THe psychoanalysis of her protagonists, is at times quite mundane and difficult to follow. The novelist is commendable for the theme she evokes, the feminist agenda. ThAt Long Silence points to the domination of the patriarchy on their mute, deaf and dumb counterpart, who are taught to bear everything on the way to a blissful heaven, by adjusting and digging their voices deep inside the [...]

    13. Every one has a past. However, to be obsessed with it can lead to a terrible present. The chief protagonist chooses to live in her horrible past that makes for a terrible present. The author makes us believe that she does not have a choice. Hence the "heroine" (she questions this status") continues to recall the horrors of the past in terms of her relationship with her husband and those around her. One may agree or disagree with what she has to narrate but it is perhaps a true reflection of what [...]

    14. That it's taken me nearly 15 days to read this is an indication of its quality. This is a difficult book to read. Long winded sentences and a mind that wanders, this book alternates between present and past, often leaving you very confused. In the end, it didn't quite feel like the book conveyed anything. Read if you don't have much else to do.

    15. That Long Silence is a book about claustrophobia, a reassessment of a woman's life in a society that treats women as objects that would work to keep it cohesive. While a woman is a thread that is supposed to and expected to be the strength of a family, a representative of society as a whole, she herself, deserves no attention, care or concern.By the time one finishes the book, one has gone through a journey of what it means to be a woman in the Indian scenario - a person who is supposed to take [...]

    16. This Sahitya Akademi award-winning novel introduces us to the inner world of Jaya ,a columnist fighting off her writer's block. A sudden change turns her life upside down and brings her to question her entire life and identity.Jaya accepts being stuck in a loveless and failed marriage with no emotional connection with her husband Mohan.We see Patriarchal oppression and feminism as a repeated theme here like Shashi's other novels.Its a difficult read with a lot of minor characters to remember, wh [...]

    17. To be frank, I did not know much about Shashi Deshpande. But am I glad I picked up her book in the bookshop! I was hooked by the quote at the beginning of the book: "If I were a man and cared to know the world I lived in, I almost think it would make me a shade uneasy - the weight of that long silence of one-half the world". Who says you can't judge a book by a quote!!'That Long Silence' is the story of Jaya and her relationships with all the important people in her life. There is no linear narr [...]

    18. Read the book. Had a very difficult time completing it. It may help Shashi to remember Wordsworth's view that poetry 'is expression of powerful emotions, recollected in tranquility'. Whether a prose or poem, art needs tranquility. And it is such a heavy and powerful outpouring of emotions that there was no tranquility to refine it and turn the mundane into art. Perhaps, it is the curse of late eighties that women felt more victimized than before. They accepted their fate at one time, rebelled ag [...]

    19. Mixed feelings about this. I love the topic and the theme, and so much of what she wrote resonated, particularly about women's silences, internal conflict, blame and self-blame in terms of writing, and the illusions of happiness/security. Yet something felt off, and I wish it had been more cohesive and tightly edited. I finished the book and was still somewhat confused about the plot, and the characters besides Jaya and Mohan felt underdeveloped. I kept having to go back and re-read to figure ou [...]

    20. "It was Daniel Defoe, that old Puritan, who called fiction 'a sort of lying.' What did he say? Yes'a sort of lying that makes a great hole in the heart at which by degrees a habit of lying enters in.'You're right, Mr Defoe, but who is to draw the line between fact and fiction? Our own little bits of fiction are precious to us. It's hard to let them go. But a hole in the heart? Can we live with that?"

    21. I loved Jaya, and all of her winding, guilt-ridden, suppressed anger. I loved the exploration of her complex relationships with her husband and her son, and her general favouritism towards her daughter. Really, I completely loved this book. I wish Deshpande's novels had a greater circulation, because my copy was a very ratty paperback from the year I was born, bought used for some ridiculously low price on .

    22. This is a difficult book to read. I found it difficult to follow the family groups and their relationships.It does have some serious fundamental things to say however about women's lives, about entrapment, men's entitlements and the unspoken inner consciousness of half the world's population.

    23. Definitely read this book. Love cant be found in others until it is found in you. ( Or something like that. Cliché I know but that is what I took from it.)

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