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The author of the book: Sunetra Gupta
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Language: English
Edition: Grove Press (January 24, 1994)
Date of issue: January 24th 1994
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One of the most exquisite proses that I've ever read and it is delivered via stream-of-consciousness. They say that Sunetra Gupta (born 1965) is the true heir of Virginia Woolf but for me her prose is even better because it is more contemporary; that means you don't have to imagine while reading some far away times in some distant alien land. When Gupta is explaining her settings and events by what her character the beautiful Moni thinks and feels, it is not hard for me to imagine the scenes especially those that are set in India because I also grew up in the province of a third-world country.

The story is something that has been written so many times before: Anthony, a British comes to India and he meets Moni a beautiful Indian girl who is younger than him by 10 years. Smitten by Moni's exotic beauty, he takes her to England. Fast forward to 6 years later, Moni is now a mother of a 3-y/o daughter but Anthony is now in love with another woman, Anna. At first, Moni thinks that she can live with the idea of her husband seeing another woman but then something happens and so she has no choice but to go back to India.

However, the writing is not something that you encounter everyday: almost no period as the prose seems to mimic the rain, sometimes its a downpour like when Anthony and Moni meet and fall in love. Sometimes, it is light like when Moni is feeding the doves in England and putting water in the bird bath and she remembers her grandmother saying that doves drink by opening their beaks to catch tiny droplets of light rain. Gupta's prose seem to go with the type of rain described in the story that one of the reviewers here on Goodreads compared it to Virginia Woolf's prose in the The Waves (tbr).

I was in college vacationing in our farm in a Pacific island when my father told me that I was lucky whenever it rained. The reason why he said this was that our whole family spent our early evenings whenever we were there vacationing by playing card games. There was no electricity so we could not read or see a TV show, not even read books. With an oil lamp though, we could see the prints on the cards so that was our only activity before going to bed. Then my father noticed that whenever it rained, I won. When it was not raining, I lost.

My father has been dead since more than a decade ago but I still notice that I always get lucky when it rains. It was raining when I was born according to my mother. I first fell in love with my classmate in college when it was raining and I was looking at her coming out from the mists while I was sitting on a chair in the laboratory sitting by the glass window. My daughter was conceived during my second honeymoon with my wife in Baguio two decades ago and I remember that it was raining while we were walking around Burnham Park. Not to mention the countless times when I share an umbrella with my crush and our bodies touch and it is just a wonderful sometimes strange but still wonderful feeling being close to someone.

Memories of rain. It does bring back good memories of yester-years. This book has just added to those.

Sunetra Gupta, I will be reading your other works.

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Ebook Memories of Rain read Online! Sunetra Gupta is an acclaimed novelist, essayist and scientist. In October 2012 her fifth novel, So Good in Black, was longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. In 2009 she was named as the winner of the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award for her scientific achievements. Sunetra, who lives in Oxford with her husband and two daughters, is Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology at Oxford University's Department of Zoology, having graduated in 1987 from Princeton University and received her PhD from the University of London in 1992. Sunetra was born in Calcutta in 1965 and wrote her first works of fiction in Bengali. She is an accomplished translator of the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore.

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Fun book for children and their parents


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Something a favorite author wrote.


Time flew unnoticed.

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