26 September, 2020

Inheritance Of Deceit

The prose is unpretentious. The characters seem real, and the novel makes an easy read.

Inheritance Of Deceit
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This, Roopa Farooki’s first novel, is the story of three generations of a family where subtle deceit is handed down almost like a hereditary illness. Rashid gets into an arranged marriage thinking he’s marrying an accomplished, educated young lady only to discover she is a capricious schoolgirl. As Rashid and Henna live out this unnatural marriage, their seemingly docile daughter Shona elopes to London with her boyfriend.

As Farooki peels off layers of relationships, they appear to the reader in a different light, yet remaining the same. Deceit is the common factor, whether in interpersonal relationships or the relationship with the self. The prose is unpretentious. The characters seem real, and the novel makes an easy read. Farooki is good at dealing with the intricacies of relationships. However, at the end of the narrative, there are just too many relationships, and they become slightly forgettable. And the vision of deceit, complex as it is, tends to appear slightly limited and simplistic.

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