Item description for Raise the Lanterns High by Lakshmi Persaud...
On the eve of her wedding in 1960s Trinidad, Vasti discovers that her arranged marriage is to the rapist she saw through a curtain of sugarcane stems12 years earlier. Will she speak out, defying convention and thereby shaming her family, or succumb to tradition and silently submit to her fate? Terrified, she collapses anddreamsthe parallel story that runs through the novelwherethe three surviving wives of an 18th-centurykingin northern Indiaare about to climb upon a burning pyre to fulfill the suttee, thetraditional Hindu widow-burning custom practiced in India for hundreds of years.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.27" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.97 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2007
Publisher Arcadia Books
ISBN 1901969207 ISBN13 9781901969207
Availability 0 units.
More About Lakshmi Persaud
Lakshmi Persaud is the author of "Butterfly in the Wind, For the Love of My Name, "and "Raise the Lanterns High."
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Lakshmi - A Pioneer for Women for the benefit of Mankind Jun 28, 2004
I loved Lakshmi Persaud's book, Raise The Lanterns High. She is a delightful writer who addresses the issues of cultural pressure and custom as they impact on women, often asking them to pay the ultimate price to further demonstrate their loyalty to the men they have sworn to serve in life. Lakshmi uses sound arguement wrapped up in a dream like world to address these troublesome issues. She manages to take you on a journey resembling a deep and troubled dream to enable you to live the issues. I thankfully awoke into the security of my daily life all the wiser for the experience and profoundly committed to prevent further injustice. Lakshmi skillfully avoids apportioning blame and demonstrates thoughtfullness and dilemma across both sexes. Please read this book to have your eyes opened and your mind fed. Thank you Lakshmi for a fascinating experience.