The Space Between Us #2020

[The Space Between Us] >> Thrity Umrigar This is a story intimately and compassionately toldagainst the sensuous background of everyday life in Bombay Washington Post Book World Bracingly honest New York Times Book Review The author of Bombay Time,If Today Be Sweet, and The Weight of Heaven, Thrity Umrigar is at adept andcompelling in The Space Between Us vividlycapturing the social struggles of modern This is a story intimately and compassionately toldagainst the sensuous background of everyday life in Bombay Washington Post Book World Bracingly honest New York Times Book Review The author of Bombay Time,If Today Be Sweet, and The Weight of Heaven, Thrity Umrigar is at adept andcompelling in The Space Between Us vividlycapturing the social struggles of modern India in a luminous, addictivelyreadable novel of honor, tradition, class, gender, and family A portrayal oftwo woman discovering an emotional rapport as they struggle against theconfines of a rigid caste system, Umrigar scaptivating second novel echoes the timeless intensity of ZoraNeale Hurston s Their Eyes Were WatchingGod, Betty Smith s A Tree Grows inBrooklyn, and Barbara Kingsolver s ThePoisonwood Bible a quintessential triumph of modern literary fiction.
The Space Between Us This is a story intimately and compassionately toldagainst the sensuous background of everyday life in Bombay Washington Post Book World Bracingly honest New York Times Book Review The author of Bomba

  • Title: The Space Between Us
  • Author: Thrity Umrigar
  • ISBN: 9780060791551
  • Page: 108
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Space Between Us Author: Thrity Umrigar

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    About the Author

    Thrity Umrigar

    A journalist for seventeen years, Thrity Umrigar has written for the Washington Post, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and other national newspapers, and contributes regularly to the Boston Globe s book pages Thrity is the winner of the Cleveland Arts Prize, a Lambda Literary award and the Seth Rosenberg prize She teaches creative writing and literature at Case Western Reserve University The author of The Space Between Us, Bombay Time, and the memoir First Darling of the Morning Selected Memories of an Indian Childhood, she was a winner of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University She has a Ph.D in English and lives in Cleveland, Ohio from the publisher s website

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    • Colby said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      My favorite quote from this book How, despite our lifelong preoccupation with our bodies, we have never met face to face with our kidneys, how we wouldn t recognize our own liver in a row of livers, how we have never seen our own heart or brain We know about the depths of the ocean, are acquainted with the far corners of outer space than with our own organs and muscles and bones So perhaps there are no phantom pains after all perhaps all pain is real perhaps each long ago blow lives on into et [...]

    • Will Byrnes said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      Bhimi is a servant in contemporary Bombay She works for Sera Dubash The class divide between them is vast Yet there are similarities to their lives that bind them across these lines Bhima is an old woman with calloused feet, mildewy armpits and an affection for chewing tobacco She is raising her granddaughter, Maya, by herself, her daughter and son in law having died of AIDS, her husband having left with their son, Amrit, many years back Maya, a promising collegian, has dropped out of school on [...]

    • Annet said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      A book that makes a deep impression Sometimes I just had to stop reading So much sadness and misery, there s only so much I can take.Poverty, illness, death, abuse, rape, abortion, disrespect, distinctions of class, condescension, it s all in this book But it is also about a grandmother fighting to make a life for her granddaughter And that s tough to say the least, living in the slums of Bombay and facing grim reality and poverty every day She s a fighter Impressive, but to be honest I m glad I [...]

    • Carol said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      What a fitting title for this book The story is a shattering account of the soul crushing poverty of an Indian servant juxtaposed alongside her employer, an upper middle class Parsi housewife Bhima lives in a slum but for over 20 years she has worked in the household of Sera Dubash Over time, their lives become enmeshed in an unlikely friendship in spite of the ritualized space that can never be bridged class divisions that that holds each woman in their destined positions.It s a lyrical, spellb [...]

    • Agnes said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      Meh This is the kind of novel I used to like exploring gender and class issues in a foreign setting but I found it unsatisfying The author describes the crushing powerlessness of illiteracy and poverty well, but the rest of the book I found overly dramatic SPOILER ALERT The one redeeming feature of the book to me was the fact that the two women characters in the book whose lives are profiled, do NOT find a way to bridge the class gap between them However, the flashbacks employed by the author we [...]

    • Saleh MoonWalker said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      Onvan The Space Between Us Nevisande Thrity Umrigar ISBN 006079156X ISBN13 9780060791568 Dar 321 Safhe Saal e Chap 2006

    • DeB MaRtEnS said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      Nearly ten years have passed since this The Space Between Us was first published and it continues to be printed and carried on library shelves With nearly 30,000 reviews on , my contribution will be a tiny drop in an ocean of years of thoughts, but as the novel is actively in current circulation I m happy to add a few bon mots to the pile The caste system in modern India continues to be represented significantly in literature, as the improvements in the economy have not been able to bridge the r [...]

    • Debbie "DJ" said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      I could not put this book down from the moment I began to read The characters are beautifully drawn out, and the writing superb It s one of those books where the story just stays with you Life in Bombay with it s sharp lines between poverty and wealth The significance of the educated over the uneducated The trials and hardships of women dominated by men The main character of this book has been a servant to a higher class and well educated family for so many years the ties become as strong as fam [...]

    • Angela M said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      This is a beautifully written story telling the side by side yet intertwined stories of two women from different classes in Bombay , India It s sad , really heartbreaking at times as we come to know the stories of Sera , a wealthy woman, and her loyal servant , Bhimi , whose life in the slums is a stark contrast.In spite of the class difference and the deeply rooted societal space between them , these women are bonded somehow as they share their personal heartaches Yet , the space remains.Umigar [...]

    • Lee said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      This is a gorgeous story about friendship, family relationships and the artificial barriers created between the classes in India From the first page, I was sucked into the life of Bhima, a hardworking servant to an upper middle class, Parsi housewife named Sera Bombay is powerfully present as the book opens with Bhima awakening to the sounds and smells of the slum around her I felt I was right inside her head and eavesdropping on the constantly fluctuating emotions of these two women was wonderf [...]

    • Glenn said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      In Thrity Umrigar s transportive novel, we come to know Bombay, as well as its residents, in its ugliness, its evocative beauty, and its uniqueness and find how rare and difficult it is for people to transverse different parts of it, geographically and culturally.Throughout The Space Between Us, there are details presumably unfamiliar to the reader not conversant with the colloquial language of Bombay the rhyming, the slang yet, it hardly matters, as the thrust and emotional meaning of each line [...]

    • Elyse said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      I read this when the book first came out There are other recent reviews wonderful reviews written on this site The story takes place in Bombay before the name change, Mumbai during a time when I visited myself Contemporary present day India when it this was written.Two women one upper class The other a servant One of the things that this book brought up for me is the reminder that no matter how different two people might be educated or not wealthy or poor emotions of love and loss are universal [...]

    • Tea Jovanović said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      I ve read this novel as uncorrected proof, i.e before publishing and liked it but the agency representing the rights for Serbia always asks too much money and that s the reason why I didn t buy the rights For the same reason many good books will never be published in Serbia

    • Britany said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      This storyBombay, India Bhima is living in the slums, raising her granddaughter seemingly all alone You can tell by her actions, movements, and words that she s lived a difficult life just how tough we learn throughout the book Bhima works as a servant for Sera Dubash a wealthy Indian woman, who also has lived a tough life bound with secret pain Bhima Sera come together to survive the abusive familial relationships in their respective lives The book is mostly set in present day with flashbacks f [...]

    • Nerissa said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      This is a well written but not so subtle exploration of how class, gender power, and generational differences isolate the two female protagonists in India Spoiler Alert I would have given it points, but I felt like the author trotted out every stereotypical horror that could befall her female characters Spousal abuse Check Domineering Indian mother in law Check Wife getting AIDS because her husband brought it home from a prostitute Check Orphan living in the slums Check Wife being abandoned by [...]

    • Connie said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      The Space Between Us is a novel about the relationship between two Indian women, the upper middle class Serabai, and her lower class servant, Bhima The lives of these two likable women have parallel experiences that connect them, but there is always that space between them due to class differences Poverty, education, family, and gender roles are also explored in the story In India s patriarchal society men hold the power, and abuse of women of all classes is often overlooked The author also wove [...]

    • Suzanne said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      The Space Between Us is set in Bombay, India It is very far away I am familiar with it only through literature and TV news snippets Thrifty Umrigar, the author and a seasoned journalist, draws an exacting picture of the two Bombays that the middle class Sera, a Parsi and Bhima, a Hindu servant inhabit The middle class family lives much like a middle class family in the U S They have a car, a multi room apartment , a bathroom,a college educated child, disposable income, and a sick and ornery gran [...]

    • Jo Anne B said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      This was a well told story about the lives of two women from different classes in modern day India Bhima is a servant to the upper middle class Serabai Even though they have vastly different economic incomes, both have had their share of unhappiness This book is about their unhappiness and also about the injustice done unto the uneducated lower class by those above them Despite being there to witness each other s pain and suffering, Bhima and Serabai will never be close because they are from dif [...]

    • Mmars said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      Why do all the books I read set in modern day India have to be both so incredibly sad and so incredibly well written I guess that s not difficult to answer The British influence on English education remains Economic, education, and class caste disparities perpetuate as the title suggests and the story centers on, in The Space Between Us Two women, middle class and servant class by birth Both riddled by marriage difficulties, though of different circumstance It is this that emotionally holds them [...]

    • Jeanette said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      Enjoyed this book, and like everything by this author But so far, this one is my favorite.There is a relationship of long service and obligation too that is connected between people of different classes here in this book And that exists in other cultures, as well besides Thrity s Very similar, if not identical fusion of a mindset for our welfare In this PC age, those multifaceted bonds are almost all completely lost Either within individuals whims or rights or employee employer defined and regul [...]

    • Pamela said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      Before, she had always imagined that evil played out on a large canvas wars, concentration camps, gas chambers, the partitioning of nations Now, she realized that evil had a domestic side, and its very banality protected it from exposure Brutally and poignantly raw The Space Between Us centers around some very hard hitting women s issues, controversial topics themes, and caste systems within Indian Parsi culture, Bombay, India She is tired of it all tired of this endless cycle of death and birth [...]

    • Missy J said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      Captivating journey through Bombay s society The Space Between Us is a very fitting title to the story of two women in Bombay Sera, a Parsi from the upper class and her domestic helper Bhima, who lives in the slum only 15 minutes away Thrity Umrigar slowly reveals to us their lives Both women have radically different lives, yet there are overarching themes that bring them together their love for their children, their hopes for a better future, facing the ugly reality of machismo in India everyda [...]

    • Sweetdhee said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      hati hati dengan lelaki yang penuh dengan pesona halahBhima, seorang pelayan yang mengabdi kepada keluarga Sera semenjak masih gadisMengalami pahitnya cinta yang hilang karena liciknya perlakuan terhadap kaum buruh yang dialami suaminyaHingga suaminya pergi bersama anak lelaki kebanggaannya entah kemanaAnak perempuannya meninggal bersama dengan menantunya karena AIDSYang tertinggal hanya cucu nya, MayaYang ia besarkan sepenuh hati dan tenagaAgar tidak lagi menjadi sekedar pelayan sepertinyaSera, [...]

    • Zeek said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      Visceral, frightening that this kind of world exists for women still, and unbelievably sad, I had a hard time getting through this book especially when I figured out a major plot twist early on However sharply this novel focuses on the life of a poor woman in Bombay India, which it did well, it lacked a certain sense of hope that I need by the end of a tale to make me fall for a story.Sure Bhima, the main character, let go of her pain in the end, and I suppose sometimes the sense of utter hopele [...]

    • Mary said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      Or perhaps it is that time doesn t heal all wounds at all, perhaps that is the biggest lie of them all, and instead what happens is that each wound penetrates the body deeper and deeper until one day you find that the sheer geography of your bones the angle of your head, the jutting of your hips, the sharpness of your shoulders, as well as the luster of your eyes, the texture of your skin, the openness of your smile has collapsed under the weight of your griefs.

    • Book Concierge said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      In present day Bombay, Bhima leaves her slum each day to work as a domestic in a wealthy widow s home She has faithfully served this woman, Sera Dubash, for decades and prides herself on caring for the family Sera is an upper middle class Parsi, but her social status has not protected her from an abusive husband and mother in law In Sera s home Bhima has witnessed the intimate details of the family s life, and cared for Sera s injuries in return Sera has helped Bhima deal with the hospital when [...]

    • Jo said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      Sometimes in this book, the relentless harshness of the life of Bhima the Hindu housekeeper almost gets too much Yet, many of us read to learn about other cultures and countries, to step outside our comfy little world and realize that there are many different realities It also helps that Thrity Umigar writes so beautifully with many lines and paragraphs that require re reading The paragraph that Colby noted in her review was one of my favorites It is not only Bhima who suffers tragedy and abuse, [...]

    • Katy said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      Reminds me a bit of Behind the Beautiful Forevers Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity and The Rent Collector with the description of life in Bombay s slums.

    • Erica said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      I generally liked this book but I found that after I finished it and thought critically about the story and characters I was left wanting all around The main twist that the son in law was the father of Maya s fetus was something I inferred about 150 pgs before it was actually revealed thus it felt like confirmation than a meaningful twist I wanted there to some critical thinking by any of the characters concerning where they are in their current lives and how they got there Every character fe [...]

    • Casey said:
      Sep 28, 2020 - 08:28 AM

      I really liked the characterization here everyone felt very real to me I also think that Umrigar perfectly captured the speech of Bombay I ve never been to India, of course, but I ve read a million books set there I have a couple complaints that kept me from truly loving this book, though First, and this is less a fault of the author and a problem with the country, is that there was just too much sadness This is why I will never visit India despite the beauty and the people and the literature a [...]

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