Friday, August 12, 2011

The Sandalwood Tree - Discussion 2

Welcome back! Today we have Lisa's input on the second section (Chapters 11-20) of The Sandalwood Tree.  I am really enjoying this book and am glad it was suggested, since I probably wouldn't have found it on my own for awhile.  Reading about India's history at two different points is fascinating and I want to learn more!

Greetings everyone.  It’s Lisa from Lisa’s Yarns!  I’m here to share my perspective on the 2nd section of The Sandalwood Tree.

I have to say, the first part kind of got off to a slow start, but the book really gained momentum in this section.  I really like the back-and-forth narration.  I actually prefer books like this as I love the change in perspective and time period. 

Up until this point, I liked Adela, but my view of her definitely soured after reading this section.  Here are some examples from the book that explain why my opinion of her has changed:

“I never liked the idea of her going to noxious bustees full of beggars and lepers.  I fear the air in those quarters is contaminated with zymotic poisons.”  (p. 152)

Um, ok, it’s an orphanage…  Seriously.  Way to have some compassion.

“The Indian.  I am reluctant to use his name, as if relegating him to the anonymous masses will make him disappear, or at least seem less important.” (p. 154)

“I have confined her to bed, and today I turned the Indian away from our door.  But when I went to her, after she had heard his voice, she turned her head on the pillow & would not look at me.  I am wounded.  I only want what is best for her.”  (p. 172)

Wow, jealous a bit?  I think her jealousy makes her a very unattractive character.  Clearly she does not want what is best for Felicity.  She wants Felicity to herself. 

So now for a couple of questions:

  1. What do you suspect is causing Felicity’s illness?  I can’t answer this because I have read too far ahead.
  2. Do you think that this relationship with the Indian is going to be the death of Felicity and Adela’s friendship?

I will keep it simple and leave it at that! 

Thanks again Lisa! I have a question that I want to pose as well..What do you think the motivation was behind making the cartridges use the grease from the animals?  Was it based on the Hindu and Muslim religions or just dumb ignorance that escalated? Obviously, I know nothing of the time period!

Come back next week for the discussion over chapters 21-32!

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