One Part Woman

One Part Woman

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All of Kali and Ponna’s efforts to conceive a child—from prayers to penance, potions to pilgrimages—have been in vain. Despite being in a loving and sexually satisfying relationship, they are relentlessly hounded by the taunts and insinuations of the people around them. Ultimately, all their hopes and apprehensions come to converge on the chariot festival in the temple of the half-female god Ardhanareeswara and the revelry surrounding it. Everything hinges on the one night when rules are relaxed and consensual union between any man and woman is sanctioned. This night could end the couple’s suffering and humiliation. But it will also put their marriage to the ultimate test. Acutely observed, One Part Woman lays bare with unsparing clarity a relationship caught between the dictates of social convention and the tug of personal anxieties, vividly conjuring an intimate and unsettling portrait of marriage, love and sex.

Title:One Part Woman
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780670086511
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    One Part Woman Reviews

  • Vipassana

    Like Hannah Arendt, I'm more than ever of the opinion that a decent human existence is possible today only on the fringes of society, where one then runs the risk of starving or being stoned to death....

  • Meike

    Now Nominated for the National Book AwardThis controversial novel led to book burnings and almost ended the career of its author, Tamil writer Perumal Murugan. Local caste-based and religious Hindu gr...

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    First of all, this isn't a story for everyone.Second, it handles the issues of infertility and intimacy like pretty heavily.Third, if you're not aware of the culture and tradition of the story backgro...

  • Aditi

    "There is no female without the male, and no male without the female. The world goes on only when they come together." ----Perumal MuruganOne Part Woman, the book which erupted fires of scandal throu...

  • Em*bedded-in-books*

    Was a wonderful read. I love regional Indian literature which enables me to explore this vast, varied and beautiful country of mine, at my own pace, and in the comfort of my home. And I like it more, ...

  • Saileena

    I bought this book to show solidarity with the author after he was bullied by right wing elements and forced to apologise etc.So this was my statement for freedom of expression. i am against banning a...

  • Vimal Thiagarajan

    Easily one of the most poignant pieces of literature that I've ever read. Thanks to the Madras High Court for lifting the ban on the Tamil version, though that doesn't do much reparation to the mental...

  • Helly

    No wonder this book got Murugan in trouble!An absolutely brilliant attempt to bring out the hypocrisies of the society....

  • Srinivas

    It is said a man is a social animal. The moment the man believed it, he became a slave to the very society imperceptibly he is a part. Society placed the rules, he followed. The society built the civi...

  • Pooja Singh

    "There is no female without the male and no male without the female. The world goes on only when they come together" - One part woman, Perumal Murugan🌷Kali and Poona, the married couple of 12 years...