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Magical realism, spices and a rebellious heroine It had all the right ingredients but the first half gave me a feeling of something amiss The second half was racy but the ending was too contrived Misty fragrant intoxicating mythical spicy I have read almost all books of Chitra Banerjee and each read makes me crave for her intriguing characters, colorful stories and much are like bites from your faviorite dish which you eat one at a time so that the taste lasts forever holding me close to the book and I wish it never ends The best part about her books are the interesting character sketches generally a character has shades of black or white or a mixed grey but Ch Misty fragrant intoxicating mythical spicy I have read almost all books of Chitra Banerjee and each read makes me crave for her intriguing characters, colorful stories and much are like bites from your faviorite dish which you eat one at a time so that the taste lasts forever holding me close to the book and I wish it never ends The best part about her books are the interesting character sketches generally a character has shades of black or white or a mixed grey but Chira s characters have all vibrant shades of red, blue, yellow, green, purple, mustard, plum, brown and all colors seen or unseen but felt To read , visit my blog #Book ⚞ La maga delle spezie ð Una vecchia signora indiana in una botteguccia di Oakland, California, con le sue mani nodose sfiora polveri e semi, foglie e bacche, alla ricerca del sapore pi squisito o del sortilegio pi sottile E Tilo, la Maga delle Spezie La sua storia inizia in uno sperduto villaggio indiano dove la rapiscono i pirati, attratti dai suoi arcani e misteriosi poteri, per portarla su un isola stregata e meravigliosa L Tilo apprende la magia delle spezie che in America le permetter di aiutare chi, come lei, si lasciato l India alle spalle Nella Bottega della Maga, dunque, sfilano vite e desideri, fatiche e speranze d immigrati, e le spezie, con i loro mille, minuscoli occhi, scrutano ogni gesto della loro signora Oh dear, whatever one says is going to sound like damnation via faint praise Yes, this is magical realism no, it isn t as accomplished as the best examples in that genre Yes, it is an occasionally beguiling love story no, it isn t without its languors and flat spots Yes, the end in particular keeps one turning pages to see what happens no, it isn t quite as moving and powerful as this reader hoped it would be Entertaining, enjoyable, not life changing I felt the strongest passages weren Oh dear, whatever one says is going to sound like damnation via faint praise Yes, this is magical realism no, it isn t as accomplished as the best examples in that genre Yes, it is an occasionally beguiling love story no, it isn t without its languors and flat spots Yes, the end in particular keeps one turning pages to see what happens no, it isn t quite as moving and powerful as this reader hoped it would be Entertaining, enjoyable, not life changing I felt the strongest passages weren t the magical realist touches but Tilo s everyday interactions with the largely Indian American clientele she serves I felt the least believable, least convincing material was that having to do with Raven s back story In a way, I almost longed for a straight up realist novel somethingalong the lines of Sister of My Heart that focused on this woman and her community I picked the book up on a secondhand book sale and was intrigued by the spices which, in retrospect, should have been the protagonists in the tale But I always enjoyed the magic flavors of the huge Asian spice markets in South Africa, where it is exhibited in heaps and weighed on ancient scales The memories of going to the Indian markets on a Saturday morning buying flowers, fruit, vegetables and magical spices, combined with an everlasting curiosity about other cultures and stories, got me bo I picked the book up on a secondhand book sale and was intrigued by the spices which, in retrospect, should have been the protagonists in the tale But I always enjoyed the magic flavors of the huge Asian spice markets in South Africa, where it is exhibited in heaps and weighed on ancient scales The memories of going to the Indian markets on a Saturday morning buying flowers, fruit, vegetables and magical spices, combined with an everlasting curiosity about other cultures and stories, got me bowing to the will of The Mistress of Spices The book yelled at me to buy it, so to speak, and I gracefully surrendered You ve got to believe a little bit in magic and fairy tales for this book But there is enough realism embedded in the story to keep you captured Add a cup of mysticism and a few pinches of romance, and you ve got the Spice shop in Oakland California From the outside it is just another shop from an old Indian immigrant lady selling them However, it is soon clear that these spices are not only the exotic, culinary delights of the Indian cuisine that we love.The lady of the shop s story begins in India a few centuries before where she is born as Nayan Tara, not the prettiest of the children, a gifted child who dominates the household since her magic powers enriches the family in their small village near the river She has difficult relationships with her family and wishes to remove herself from the situation She is kidnapped by pirates who soon submit themselves to her control, calling her their Queen She lands up on an island where she becomes an apprentice Mistress of Spices Her name changes to Tila She get to know the secret powers of spices and that she will only be able to use those powers if she submits to the will of the spices.It is with this name that she transcends into the modern world and opens the grocery shop in Oakland.There were strict rules in keeping her magic powers She knows that A good hand is not too light, nor too heavy Light hands are the wind s creatures, flung this way and that at its whim Heavy hands, pulled downward by their own weight, have no spirit They are only slabs of meat for the maggots waiting underground She was to not only serve and assist the immigrants from India, but she was never to leave the shop or get involved in her customer s lives It worked quite well for her and her regular customers, such as the Geetha family, Lalitha, Haroun, Jagjit, Mrs.Ahuja But she has a rebellious nature and soon does the same for all her non Indian customers as well She listens to their life stories and mixes spices for them which enhances or change their lives completely She is dignified, respectful, aloof and subtely demands it in return She also tried to control her impatient nature in some incidences.Then an attractive man, Raven, half white, half Native American The American as she calls him, enters the shop His grandfather bestowed on him some mystical powers which his mother denied him He soon spills his guts to her about his childhood and his mother, which is vastly different from the life she knew, a totally different culture, yet a similar kind of gifted background Due to his background he was able to recognize the beautiful young woman in the old lady s body.Her sense of adventure as well as her rebellious nature kick in She cannot resist his charm which he relentlessly bestow on her and the magic of a very different kind begins I tell myself, I deserve dignity, I deserve happiness She does not lose her magic abilities, only the power over the outcomes The potions turn nasty, one mixture of chillies causes and earthquake when she tries to destroy it in the river Having the gift of magic does not mean that she is happy and when she tries to control her own destiny or make her own choices the repercussions are heavy My fault, my fault A refrain so many women the world over have been taught to sing The potion which she mixes for herself to become a beautiful young woman for a day, works for her and Raven However, she has to choose between a happy, yet short life with him, or remain the Spice mistress forever It is a light read, a interesting blend of realism, magic, and a modern fairy tale It is not a perfect tale Thankfully it does not have the surreal, earth shattering end where the hero runs along a national highway, jumping over cars, causing accidents, yelling as he speeds along Tilla I love you, don t go which have the entire American nation happily deserting their cars on the highway, causing monumental traffic jams and serious accidents having pedestrians, joggers and old bag ladies leave their beloved possessions and running along to finally become a stadium full of happy clappie love sick optimists roaring their encouragement when he stops the plane from leaving and the happy girl joyously jumps his bones, causing him to fall down and happily break a few ribs and a hip while the crowd cheers and blissfully burst out in tears No, it is not that kind of story at all It also won t dramatically change your life either, but will leave you with a feeling of growing old is inevitable, but growing up is optional Sometimes we just have to release that innocent young girl in ourselves who never actually deserted us and have her day in our minds The Mistress of Spices is a delightful blend of historical Indian mysticism, modern realism, cross cultural interpretation of life and experiences, immigration issues and magic If you are open for spice adventures, told in a dignified, slow motion, the little girl in you will enjoy this book on a sunny lazy day out in the fresh open air I can promise you one thing, though You will fall in love with spices all over again I absolutely adored this book I ve read it about ten times since I first got my hand on it, and it s been a companion all through puberty and the rocky university years What s funny, then, is that it took me so long to realise what this book is really about, and what it was that drew me to it First up the writing is like jewels on a page She evokes such beautiful imagery and a wonderful magical universe just with her words one cannot help but be swept away in its beauty Secondly, it s so I absolutely adored this book I ve read it about ten times since I first got my hand on it, and it s been a companion all through puberty and the rocky university years What s funny, then, is that it took me so long to realise what this book is really about, and what it was that drew me to it First up the writing is like jewels on a page She evokes such beautiful imagery and a wonderful magical universe just with her words one cannot help but be swept away in its beauty Secondly, it s sort of an allegory for a woman who is trying to marry two cultures together Or perhaps this another layer that I saw, when I was going through some similarly tough circumstances.I guess it doesn t really matter I identified with the central conflict of this book s main character I felt her pain, and frustration and anger from the moment I picked up the book, and I believe this is Divakaruni s real gift the ability to create magic with words I have noticed that a few of her other books tend to get weighed down with the language For example, Sister of my Heart Vine of Desire and Arranged Marriage all of these books are incredibly sad and downright draining to read The language is just as beautiful and evocative, but perhaps overdone In Mistress of Spices she really seems to hit her stride, and the balance is spot on Sorry this review is a bit all over the place, but TL DR I loved it and would recomment it to most people I nominated this for my f2f book group because I was curious The author lives in Houston and is a friend of a friend I was expecting a relatively simple, domestic novel, but was pleasantly surprised to find a dazzlingly original example of magical realism.The main character doesn t even have a stable name It changes as her life changes first she s Nayan Tara, the disappointing girl child who s ugly the color of mud but who has psychic gifts that make the family s fortune in a small village o I nominated this for my f2f book group because I was curious The author lives in Houston and is a friend of a friend I was expecting a relatively simple, domestic novel, but was pleasantly surprised to find a dazzlingly original example of magical realism.The main character doesn t even have a stable name It changes as her life changes first she s Nayan Tara, the disappointing girl child who s ugly the color of mud but who has psychic gifts that make the family s fortune in a small village on a river in India She grows up impatient and sullen from all the attention and wills pirates to comes and take her away That happens and she becomes the Queen of the pirates for a while until she travels to the island to meet the First Mother to whom she apprentices herself as a Mistress of Spices, taking the name Tila As the novel ends she takes yet another name.The novel opens with Tila, an old, dark skinned and wrinkled woman, the mistress of spices, who runs a small Indian grocery in Oakland, CA She listens to the stories of the Indian immigrants who are her customers and prescribes the appropriate spices to ameliorate their problems But she s a rebel and impatient She can t be satisfied following the rules staying inside the store always, listening and dispensing advice and spices but not interfering There s the taxi driver who gets involved with shady characters, the bride whose husband beats her, the young boy who finds gang members to protect him from bullies in school in exchange for keeping and delivering mysterious packages, there s the grandfather whose family rejects the daughter who is in love with a Mexican fellow student Tila disobeys the spices, exceeds her mission by going out and getting involved in people s lives About the same time a handsome American turns up in her shop, eventually tells his story and a strange love affair develops Using the most powerful of the spices, Tila turns herself into a beauty for one day with the Raven, as the American calls himself.Unbelievably the story is concluded satisfactorily on both the mythical and the realistic levels The style is original and inviting the first third of the novel so sucked me in that I literally couldn t stop reading I was expectingof this book I picked it up randomly at the library because I am intrigued by Indian cooking and their creative use of spices I liked the soft, poetic language of the first pages, but it was a weak book The skeleton that the magical language hung on was weak and porous It seemed immediately to be derivitive an inferior version of Like Water for Chocolate If you like magical realism, read that one instead. This book belongs on a Harlequin Mills Boon bookshelf I picked it up expecting something quite different from the lukewarm and soggy story telling it contained Perhaps the author was aiming for magic realism but ended up with a mishmash of genres and not one that was well developed The story revolves around a woman who had a weird past that has no real connection to her present She inhabits an old body for no good reason other than she might actually be that old the book meanders about This book belongs on a Harlequin Mills Boon bookshelf I picked it up expecting something quite different from the lukewarm and soggy story telling it contained Perhaps the author was aiming for magic realism but ended up with a mishmash of genres and not one that was well developed The story revolves around a woman who had a weird past that has no real connection to her present She inhabits an old body for no good reason other than she might actually be that old the book meanders about the years and years spent here and there She is supposed to adhere to some rules in order to keep her powers which are knowing the spice remedies for curing emotional maladies but when she breaks them, her powers are not taken away, in fact, she might even be promoted for her intransigence It makes no sense, not even symbolically In addition, the reader loses all interest after the umpteenth convolution surrounding an old hag in a hole in the wall grocery store.She falls for some dark haired American and the only reason the author seems to provide is that his clothes look expensive Despite being good looking himself, he loves for no apparent reason and not in a platonic way this old hag in rags And then he kisses her and has sex And then she turns curt with him in the typical self sacrificial mode common to romance novels But it all ends happily ever after though not for me as I was brain dead at that point The language is completely inane and the patois affected by the author leaves one cold Good idea poorly executed The poetic language lauded in other reviews is over the top and gets obnoxious quickly The author has an odd form of Tourrete s that makes her spit out similies eyes dark as a tropical night that aren t necessarily half bad , but there are so many of them they begin to grate The author follows The unimaginative trend Of chopping up sentences Into fragments In the name of art Which wasn t cool even the first time it was done By someone else.The title chara Good idea poorly executed The poetic language lauded in other reviews is over the top and gets obnoxious quickly The author has an odd form of Tourrete s that makes her spit out similies eyes dark as a tropical night that aren t necessarily half bad , but there are so many of them they begin to grate The author follows The unimaginative trend Of chopping up sentences Into fragments In the name of art Which wasn t cool even the first time it was done By someone else.The title character is put in an old woman s body for no real reason other than it seems the author thought an old crone tending a mystical spice shop seemed appropriate And that makes the romance difficult to swallow The spices have arbitrary rules for their mistress that seem designed merely to add conflict to the story The stories of the characters she helps are cliches in Indian American writing, and each has a neatly packaged, simple resolution when the problem iscomplex view spoiler She causes a destructive earthquake, but she gets her man, so it s a happy ending Really I appreciate the message of a life dedicated to helping others But as a novel it could have been so muchhide spoiler