II, Issue. A comparison of the early women novelists and the contemporary novelists depict the definite continuity in the trends and approach but with bolder themes. Nasrin, through her works reveals the sufferings of a woman caught in the web of religion and traditions. She views marriage as the most oppressive social institution that exploits a woman as an object for pleasure and procreation.
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I happened to read its english translation by Sreejata Guha. I found this novel wandering on the footpath of Park Street, Calcutta, the city which shares the soul of this story with Paris. She finds her new life suffocating and yearns to escape from this loveless marriages. Finally she leaves the home of Kishenlal and her life undergoes an unbelievable transformation. She gets into relationships, first with another woman and then with a French man.
In her quest for love, she explores life and liberation. But as her journey into the life proceeds, she realizes is that this is not all she wants from life, that there is more to be discovered. French Lover tries to trace this trail of Self Discovery. This book is a mixed affair, in the sense that it brings feelings in the reader which are equal and opposite. At times, the author is able to bring the soft feelings of womanhood beautifully through her characters.
However, the novel has serious flaws — it stereotypes to the point of being ridiculous. The characters other than the protagonist have been fleetingly sketched. Not what one would expect from Ms Nasrin. Probably due to its underlying bias, the novel lacks the depth of character that should be associated with the work of an established writer like Taslima. Nila does not stand out all; she is more like a log of wood drifting aimlessly with the current.
She yearns for freedom yet never shows a temperament for independence. She yearns for true love which she finds in India but actually falls for the First french guy who notices her. She remains a non entity and would have been pushed to extinction had it not been a cheque for a hefty sum of money which her dying mother conjures up for her. Life is full of problems anyway and if it had to be a sad story, I would have preferred real tears instead of forced glycerine.
Nilanjana or Nila as she is often called in the book, is a Bengali girl from Kolkata. She moves to Paris after she marries Kishan Lal, a restaurant owner. However, she feels trapped and suffocated in her loveless marriage and yearns for independence. Nila is nothing more than a housekeeper and sex object for her old husband. Finally, when she cannot take it anymore she stages a petulant walk-out. Friendless and broke, Nila moves in with Danielle. It turns out that Danielle is a lesbian, who uses Nila as a tool just like her husband.
French Lover ~ Taslima Nasreen
I happened to read its english translation by Sreejata Guha. I found this novel wandering on the footpath of Park Street, Calcutta, the city which shares the soul of this story with Paris. She finds her new life suffocating and yearns to escape from this loveless marriages. Finally she leaves the home of Kishenlal and her life undergoes an unbelievable transformation.
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While she studied and practised medicine, she saw girls who had been raped; she also heard women cry out in despair in the delivery room if their baby was a girl. Hundreds of thousands fanatics took to the streets demanding her execution by hanging. In October , a radical fundamentalist group called the Council of Islamic Soldiers offered a bounty for her death. A few hundred thousand demonstrators called her "an apostate appointed by imperial forces to vilify Islam"; a member of a "militant faction threatened to set loose thousands of poisonous snakes in the capital unless she was executed. She returned to the East and relocated to Kolkata, India, in , where she lived until
Taslima Nasrin’s French Lover: Self-actualisation
Voodoohn Her lover is married with a six year old seriously ill daughter. Oct 27, Madhura rated it did not like it. Her marriage, where she Benoir introduces Nilanjana to the streets, the cafes and the art galleries of Paris. Nila, a typical Calcutta woman in her 20s, arrives in France to be with her newly-wed husband Kishanlaal who runs two restaurants at Paris. Her marriage, where she nasrewn as little more than a housekeeper and a sex object, is far from fulfilling and Nilanjana looks desperately for a way out of the boredom and depression that threaten to engulf her life. Sheetal Maurya Nsreen Maurya is a full-time blogger. Because of thephysical prowess of men and due to some clever manipulation by males, women trainedto be domestic and subordinate.