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Ê Read  The Rice Mother by Rani Manicka ↠´ Nothing In Lakshmi S Childhood, Running Carefree And Barefoot On The Sun Baked Earth Amid The Coconut And Mango Trees Of Ceylon, Could Have Prepared Her For What Life Was To Bring Her At Fourteen, She Finds Herself Traded In Marriage To A Stranger Across The Ocean In The Fascinating Land Of Malaysia Duped Into Thinking Her New Husband Is Wealthy, She Instead Finds Herself Struggling To Raise A Family With A Man Too Impractical To Face Reality And A World That Is, By Turns, Unyielding And Amazing, Brutal And Beautiful Giving Birth To A Child Every Year Until She Is Nineteen, Lakshmi Becomes A Formidable Matriarch, Determined To Wrest From The World A Better Life For Her Daughters And Sons And To Face Every New Challenge With Almost Mythic StrengthBy Sheer Willpower Lakshmi Survives The Nightmare Of World War II And The Japanese Occupation But Not Unscathed The Family Bears Deep Scars On Its Back And In Turn Inflicts Those Wounds On The Next Generation But It Is Not Until Lakshmi S Great Granddaughter, Nisha, Pieces Together The Mosaic Of Her Family History That The Legacy Of The Rice Mother Bears Fruit There is nothing new about a storyline that takes a woman with no education, no experience in the world who winds up either a widow or with a wastrel husband, a brood and no means of support for her family It s been done by male and female writers, it s been played out in every possible kind of setting and time period from ancient Roman households to Mayberry So as an author if you re going to take that crumbly old plot and make it the center of your novel you had better be able to pony up some good writing to make it palatable In the novel,The Rice Mother, author Rani Manicka does just that.
Lakshmi is the Mother in this multi generational story In the early 1920 s she is married off and leaves her native Ceylon with her husband, Ayah, for Maylasia Once in Maylaysia Lakshmi learns that her 37 year old husband had borrowed a gold watch and a servant in order to convince her Mother that he was rich and marry her In reality he s a clerk who lives a hand to mouth existence However what s done is done She is now a fourteen year old wife, housekeeper and stepmother It isn t long before it s clear to Lakshmi that although Ayah is basically a good man and loves her that he is incapable of supporting them By the time she turns nineteen, Lakshmi has in quick succession given birth to six children It is only her sheer force of will that keeps her family together For the family the worst is yet to come with WWII and the occupation by the Japanese It is a brutal and faith testing time that leaves them scarred forever Although larger than life as all matriarchs are in these kinds of novels, Lashmi is a believably flawed person Her evolution from happy teenager daydreaming about her future to an embittered, hard, angry, able to make the tough decisions that may cost her children s love woman is honestly depicted through her experiences and circumstances Author Manicka moves the novel forward through Lakshmi, her children and her grandchildren with mutilate family members living and deceased taking their turn telling the story The characters limited choices, weaknesses and their temptations are successfully detailed against fifty years of Malaysian history The Rice Mother is a big novel with some first time novelist missteps The book is a little too cluttered with sometimes too convenient plot twists and one or two of the characters are cartoonish in their evilness That said it is also a well written, interesting dissection of a world and a time that most of us know little about Manicka s obvious knowledge of and affection for the culture and beauty of Maylasia is evident throughout the book The Rice Mother is a journey into a family whose difficult lives and small victories enrich the rest of us.
The Rice Mother is a strong and powerful work that takes readers into the lives of people of diaspora in Malaya, their cultures, customs, religion, culinary delights, all interwoven with their lives and fate during the course of the last century Filled with characters and events, Rani Manicka s debut novel is indicative of the start of a successful writing career It is a story with a lot of sadness, but it keeps the attention of the reader until the very end It is a tale of choices that people make, sometimes, knowing, and almost inviting trouble There is so much to analyze, so many layers to the story and the characters No character is just black and white Each of the characters are well fleshed out, and that couldn t be an easy task, given that there are so many of them All their narratives ring true The writing is vivid, so clear that you could be right there I just love books like that.
It is a book I would certainly recommend.



After two full days, I finally finished reading Rani Manicka s debut novel, The Rice Mother So intense is the storyline, I found myself clenching my fist and gritting my teeth from time to time as I breathed in the wonderful storytelling Love, betrayal, anger, sorrow, hope, denial, happiness, longing, despair, deceit, infedility, honesty, pain and a thousand other emotions are spun and woven beautifully in this 580 page work of art, spanning a period of 85 years over 4 generations It s been a long time since I last read an intense gripping book and I m glad i brought home this title from the bookshop not so long ago Highly recommended, this title will surely chart in my all time favourite list from now on.
Life had yet to teach me that a child s love can never equal a mother s pain.
A fast paced family saga depicting life in Malaysia through four generations The author does an amazing job showing the change in lifestyle and culture over an 85 year period The first and last chapter could almost feel like different books if it weren t for the recurring themes I thought the cast of characters were beautifully described and I loved that none of them were perfect I hated Rani, my heart broke for poor Mui Tsai and Lakshmi was a one of the most complex characters I ve ever come across Some of the reviews complain that the story is too full and moves too fast, but I think this is one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much it quickly hooks you in, and does not let go If you don t enjoy stories drenched in sadness this is not for you.
The Story The Rice Mother details the struggles of a Matriarch determined to advance her children, and the scars her ambition leaves on the family.

Rani Manicka, an economics graduate, was born and educated in Malaysia and divides her time between Malaysia and England Her first novel The Rice Mother Infused with her own Sri Lankan family history is a vivid imaginative story about the frailties of human nature and the consequences of war It won a Commonwealth Writers Prize in 2003 She has published a further two novels, Touchin