Title: Fasting, Feasting
Author: Anita Desai
I enjoyed Fasting, Feasting enough to finish it but can’t really say it is was one of my favourite reads. Anita Desai weaves her story around an Indian family with three children – all three of whom represent the family’s ambitions in some way.
Uma, the eldest is unmarried, clumsy and not particularly bright. The author describes her hunger for knowledge, and her attempts at being scholarly – but it is apparent that her thirst for knowledge is probably that of a spiritual kind.