Valmiki's Daughter by Shani Mootoo

By Shani Mootoo

In Valmiki’s Daughter, seriously acclaimed and best-selling novelist Shani Mootoo returns to the fashion — and a few of the topics — she first explored in her breakout publication, Cereus Blooms at Night.

Mootoo introduces readers to the Krishnus, a well-to-do Trinidadian kinfolk firmly ensconced within the strict social hierarchy of the island. during this tale of kin secrets and techniques, patriarch Valmiki conceals a painful truth approximately his sexual id whereas his youngest, the full of life and clever Viveka, struggles to return to phrases with a painful mystery attached to her sexual id.

As Valmiki’s and Viveka’s secrets and techniques threaten to shake the rules of the family members, this superbly written and hypnotically paced novel explores the complicated interplay of race, gender, type, and sexuality in a closed society.

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After a short time, another young boy came running into the garden. It was the Prince’s cousin, Devadatta. He was carrying a bow and some arrows and he was very excited. “Siddhartha, Siddhartha,” he shouted, “great news! I got a swan! You should have seen me; I hit it with my first shot! It fell down somewhere near here. ” Then Devadatta noticed one of his arrows, with blood still on its tip, lying on the ground near Siddhartha’s feet. Looking closer he saw that the Prince was holding something in his arms, and realized it was the swan he was searching for.

With his mind now at rest he began to think, “Every living thing is searching for happiness. Yet most are so blinded by their ignorance and desires that they find nothing but misery. ” “Now that I have seen this, I have no more interest in the small and changeable pleasures of this world. I must find something that will bring me lasting peace and happiness. But how can I be content to free only myself from suffering? I must figure out a way to help all other living creatures as well. They have been so kind to me, and they are suffering so much!

He experienced a quietness unlike anything had ever known before. With his mind now at rest he began to think, “Every living thing is searching for happiness. Yet most are so blinded by their ignorance and desires that they find nothing but misery. ” “Now that I have seen this, I have no more interest in the small and changeable pleasures of this world. I must find something that will bring me lasting peace and happiness. But how can I be content to free only myself from suffering? I must figure out a way to help all other living creatures as well.

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