July 29, 2012
THOMAS HARDY'S 19TH CENTURY ENGLISH NOVEL "TESS OF d'URBERVILLES' TRANSLATES WELL INTO 21TH CENTURY INDIA.
"Trishna" is an updated version of Thomas Hardy's 1891, "Tess of the d'Urbervilles"; Victorian England, women still hibernating in the "chattel age"; commencement of the Industrial Revolution; beautiful "Tess" of diminished wealth and proper credentials, limited choices, grapples archaic restrictions, interacts with the gentry determining her fate in late nineteenth century. The book is a classic and it was with trepidation that I ventured into "Trishna" , mimicking the bonds of "Tess" in twenty- first century India...
India, still in postpartum turmoil; adjusting to democracy; a burgeoning economy; graft among its leaders; vast explosion of humanity; trying to sever the ancient hubris of "class". India was the perfect venue for the Hardy's scenario; he would have been satisfied with the interpretation...
THREE & 1/2 STARS!!!
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