When I Hit You; Meena Kandasamy
Europa - 2020
The title alone tells the reader that this book is not going to be an upbeat read, yet, for some reason I've always been drawn towards darker stories. This is is dark, raw and not an easy read but, it isn't a very long book either thank goodness - just over 200 pages. It's also somewhat autobiographical.
The story opens up with an unnamed narrator recovering from an abusive marriage at the home of her parents, so we know early on she has escaped her terrible situation.
Set in a small coastal town in India, the narrator is an aspiring writer, talented poet and feminist who was on the rebound from a recent and unexpected breakup. She marries a college lecturer who professes Marxism. The new husband's outside persona is nothing like the way he behaves when alone with his new wife. Their home is far removed from friends and family. She's forced to spend all her time at home and he does not allow her to dress in a way that would make her attractive to the opposite sex. Bit by bit he removes all means of communication the wife has to the outside world leaving her a virtual prisoner in the home. He controls everything about her life and their relationship and, she is physically abused as well.
We known she does escape but, the most difficult thing was watching this brute create an environment which allowed him to manipulate this well-educated woman. It was hard to see the wife quickly loses her confidence and self-respect. The author did a good job helping someone like me who has never experienced abuse see just how difficult and complicated removing oneself from the abusive situation can be. This is definitely not a book for everyone but, I thought it was well done overall.
Rating - 4/5 stars
(purchased as an eBook on Amazon - just 66 cents)
That sounds like a tough but worthy read.ReplyDelete
Yes, at least we know going in that she frees herself.Delete
I am drawn to dark stories too. This one interests me. But how could it have cost only 66 cents?ReplyDelete
Not sure Judy, I think I paid more but when I looked today it was 66 cents for the Kindle version.Delete
This does sound like a good, but hard book to read.ReplyDelete
Yes, it's like when there is a bad car crash and it's hard not to look.Delete
I have an enormous dislike for people who mentally or physically abuse humans or animals. I'll pass on this book.ReplyDelete
Me too Vicki - I don't get it so pathetic an individual.Delete
Very smart to open the book with the ending, so to speak, so that the reader knows there is light at the end of the tunnel.ReplyDelete
I had heard of this book somewhere else recently too and it sounds sad but like it would be a good read. And, what a great deal!ReplyDelete