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The Village by the Sea

Written by Anita Desai

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on The Village by the Sea

Winner of the Guardian Fiction Award, this story of life in village India, where children are forced so young to be adult, will appeal to a wide range of ages. Hari and Lila are the eldest of a poor family and life is very hard indeed: their father is often drunk, their mother sick, and there seems no way out of the debt that the family is in. Even growing industrialisation seems to offer a new threat to them. Despite the hardships they face, their tenacity and spirit stays strong and there is a happy ending. A very powerful story that fully deserves its place as a modern classic.  ~ Andrea Reece

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The Village by the Sea Synopsis

A story of survival set in a small fishing villlage near Bombay. This is the first appearance in The Puffin Modern Classics series.

Lila and Hari, aged 13 and 12, struggle to keep the family, including two young sisters, going when their mother is ill and their father usually the worse for drink. When Hari goes to Bombay to find work, Lila seems to be responsible for everything. Although the book paints a picture of extreme poverty, it demonstrates the strength of the family even in the most extreme circumstances and offers a powerful picture of another culture.

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ISBN: 9780141359762
Publication date: 02/07/2015
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141359762
Publication date: 2nd July 2015
Author: Anita Desai
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

About Anita Desai

Anita Desai was born and brought up in India and has written widely for both adults and children. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and has won the Guardian Fiction Award.

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