The Taming of Women
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As Anandhayi gives birth to her fifth child downstairs, with only her ancient
mother-in-law for help, upstairs her husband Periyannan sleeps with a
woman he has summoned to spend the night with him. Women of many
generations live in that house at the end of the road, with the tyrannical
and charismatic Periyannan always trying to bring them under his control.
Voracious in his appetites, for both power and sex, Periyannan is a
domineering antagonist to the tender but tenacious Anandhayi.
In her most celebrated novel, Sivakami vividly evokes a world where
women and men are in constant conflict, scrambling for the little power to
which they can hold on. It is her superb satiric eye?capturing in comic
vignettes of exquisite detail the life of women in a village transforming into
a small town?that brings relief to this bleak, blistering vision of humanity,
leaving the reader simultaneously amused and devastated.
Title : The Taming of Women
ISBN : 9780143104100,0143104101
Pages : 264
Publishing Date :
16 August 2012
Language : English