Where the Peacocks Sing: A Palace, a Prince, and the Search for Home
Alison Singh Gee
Category: Nonfiction: Memoir: Asia & Asian-American
Synopsis: Asian-American Gee falls in love with Indian Ajay while living in Hong Kong.
Date finished: 30 May 2013
I love books about other cultures and other parts of the world. I love descriptions of daily life, meals, and how homes are furnished around the globe. I love books about the journey to finding home or the challenges of creating it. I like stories about two people from different places discovering each other. I love happy endings. This book had all of those elements.
And yet, I was disappointed.
Perhaps the book was too tidy. Everything pertaining to relationships—Gee’s and Ajays, Gee’s and her in-laws—got tied up so neatly. But the big plot point—what would become of the havli (the Singh family’s manor/palace), Mokimpur—this was not resolved. Perhaps I never fully trusted the narrator’s change of heart that led to a change of pace. Perhaps the amount of emphasis put on money in all three cultures was off-putting.
Read as is, though, this was a nice light travel to India (with a bit of Hong Kong and Los Angeles mixed in). It just wasn’t completely satisfying to me.
Would you recommend this to a friend?
Probably not. Although I might recommend it to anyone truly charmed by India.
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