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The Man With Many Hats (Perfect Paperback 20/06/2013)
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Author : Jael Silliman
Publisher : Self Published
ISBN : 9788170463504
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Summary of The Man With Many Hats
To Rachel, exuberant Morris is larger than lifeā€”he fills her home in Calcutta with wonder and excitement. As Rachel grows up, glimpses of her father's tempestous spirit, womanizing and bullying reveal a darker side to his character. When her family falls apart, her childhood memories collide with new realities. Rachel survives her own tragedy and begins to reconcile the image of the father she knew with the increasingly lonely and tragic figure he has become.

She comes to terms with the complexity and totality of the man with many hats. The debut novel has the warmth and vibrance of both the City of Calcutta and its dwindling but vital Jewish community. The author handles the difficult issue of the father-daughter relationship with sensitivity, humour and painful honesty.

Review by Chitra Divakaruni- Author of Oleander Girl, Palace of Illusion.
Jael Silliman evokes an India that has all but disappeared and draws on her personal knowledge of the Jews of India to create an unique and powerful novel about the human heart.


 
 
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About the author
Jael Silliman, born into the Baghdadi Jewish community of Calcutta, was educated at Loreto House in Calcutta, and later at a boarding school in Coleraine, Northern Ireland. She studied at Wellesley College and did graduate studies at Harvard University and the University of Texas at Austin and received her doctoral degree at Columbia University. She was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Iowa and a Porgram Officer at the Ford Foundation. She has published several books and articles, including Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames: Women's Narratives From A Diaspora of Hope. This is her debut novel.
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Reviewed by susmita ghose on 12-07-2013
  I loved reading this book. I couldnt put it down. The author has a very fresh and engaging style. Her characters leap out...you will feel s sense of belonging. The book will take you to Kolkata and the Jewish life that pans out in the 60s...its a charming world. Urge you to read it. Jael Silliman has written many books but this is her first novel...
Reviewed by Utsav Kapadia on 01-07-2013
  Jael Silliman gives a fascinating & rare glimpse of the dwindling Jewish community in Calcutta. She also explores the beautifully familiar & multi-face ted 'father-daughter' relationship with its stages of hero-worship, aggravation & painful acceptance. This is uniquely stitched together by the enigmatic thread of love. A 'Must Read' for all & specially those who have known & experienced the romanticism of Calcutta of the 1960's & early '70s.
Reviewed by Subhashis Dey on 22-06-2013
  This is a fantastic book.
 
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Other Details Of This Book
Language : English
Edition : 1st Edition
Binding : Perfect Paperback
Condition : New
 
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