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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Un arranged Marriage by Bali Rai. Un arranged Marriage by Bali Rai. Set partly in the UK and partly in the Punjab region of India, this is a fresh, bitingly perceptive and totally up-to-the minute look at one young man's fight to free himself from family expectations and to be himself, free to dance to his own tune.
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Be the first to ask a question about Un arranged Marriage. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Un arranged Marriage. May 04, Kirsty Grant rated it really liked it. This is the first book I've read for pleasure since I completed my 3rd year at university. This is the type of book I enjoy and I wasn't disappointed. The story is written in first person from the point of view of a young English Indian boy.
It begins on his wedding day and his nervousness and anger at being forced into an arranged marriage. The author then writes the book in retrospect, and takes the reader back three years. The story explores the difficulty of the protagonist who struggles to This is the first book I've read for pleasure since I completed my 3rd year at university. The story explores the difficulty of the protagonist who struggles to adhere to his family's traditional views and religion.
He endures years of beatings from his alcoholic father and emotional blackmail from his mother. He is beaten and ridiculed by his older brothers and his intimate narration allows the reader to discover his feelings of 'otherness'amongst his family whilst he attempts to live a normal life as an ordinary English boy.
The author explores racism, poverty, domestic violence, neglect and love through the use of bildungsroman which concludes with the protagonist choosing his own path in life.
It is by no means a happy ending, but it demonstrates determination and an understanding of a culture that the character is unable to comprehend. Interesting and easy novel to read. Feb 18, Nicole Rask rated it really liked it. Relatively simple language and not much is left to be analysed by the reader which I found quite nice.
However, several interesting themes are explored such as religion, culture, love, humor and racism. I would recommend it to someone looking for something easy and at the same time thought-provoking to read! Oct 04, Ari rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I feel that Manny believed himself to cool for like anyone.
His "cheat" was very, very cruel. I understand that he was in a really bad place, and had no care to be involved in an arranged marriage, but in the process he really hurt his family. And in the long run himself. Sometimes, our families traditions will be things we do not agree on, but we should come to terms with that.
They raised him for seventeen years. Though, I don't agree with his fathers drunkenness and his mom's blackmailing Ok. Though, I don't agree with his fathers drunkenness and his mom's blackmailing like talk, he still could have gotten his way differently. He does in the end though say that doing it on the actual wedding day was a bit wrong, but even so I don't feel he should have done his "cheat.
Even if they wouldn't agree at least he would have tried to reason. And then he could go on with his own life. My other issue was the ending. How more ridiculous can you get than him moving in with his ex-'s family staying in his ex-'s room! I understand Lisa is off abroad or something, but still.
Please buy your own home, is that necessary even if they are so welcoming? Talk about creepy. Otherwise, it was an ok read.
I don't think I'd read it again if I realized more of what it was like Read for school over a few weeks. Mar 02, Julie rated it really liked it. I really liked this book I found it quite an unusual twist on the general picture we have in the west of girls being forced into an arranged marriage. This book was about a young man Manjit who is told that on his 17th birthday he will follow the example of his elder brothers and have an arranged marriage.
Manjit has no intention of getting married until he is ready, and to a girl of his choice but he is being badly bullied by his brothers and his father, his mother is an expert in the art of em I really liked this book I found it quite an unusual twist on the general picture we have in the west of girls being forced into an arranged marriage. Manjit has no intention of getting married until he is ready, and to a girl of his choice but he is being badly bullied by his brothers and his father, his mother is an expert in the art of emotional blackmail, he seems to have no one, or where to turn to and the thought of getting married weights heavy on his mind, he stops concentrating at school and starts to get into bad ways, which obviously then gives his family more ammunition to get him married off.
He starts to see an English girl, Lisa in secret and she tries to support him to stand up against his family. He thinks he is getting somewhere when the whole family go on holiday to their family village in the Punjab and assure him that there is no trickery or ulterior motive, he starts to relax and enjoy a holiday meeting different relatives, but is this really just a holiday? You really feel for the character of Manjit and sympathise with his predicament and at the end of the book you are really rooting for him.
This book shows how difficult it is for some young people who are caught in the crossfire between tradition and culture according to their families and the tradition and culture of the country in which they have grown up and spent all their lives. Dec 05, Cim rated it it was ok. Un arranged marriage by Bali Rai was not a book I enjoyed reading. The lack of descriptions both environmental but also when it comes to the characters is what this book falters in.
Otherwise, like I said, it had a good story and some good themes like love, the importance of free will which I connected with quite well , and standing up for yourself and so on.
I got quite irritated with the language in the book because even though I know he used slang as a way for the reader to connect with youths he went over the top with it at some points. Dec 02, Meyganphanngam rated it really liked it Shelves: adasd. I think the book was really good. Because the book its funny but also serious. Bali is taking the book to a new level. He's taking up the Punjabi culture and how it's to be a Punjabi man and a different kind of view about unarranged or arranged married when you are a boy.
Because when you think about someone that is force to get married you often think about a girl. But Bali decide to write about a boy and I think that was really clever thing to do. As i said the book is also serious because Bal I think the book was really good.
As i said the book is also serious because Bali takes up a serious subject about marrige in young age. I also like this book because is was modern, fresh and so easy to read if you're not good at reading, especially if you don't like to read in english. I like how the time in the book were built and how Bali brought it togheter at the end. I don't like the ending so much but that is up to you how you wanted to end.
I wanted more action in the end but i do understand why it dosen't happend. But the book is really worth reading and it will give you thoughts about marriage and culture that you never had before!
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My wedding. A wedding that I hadn't asked for, that I didn't want. To a girl who I didn't know If they had bothered to open their eyes, they would have seen me: seventeen, angry, upset but determined - determined to do my own thing, to choose my own path in life Set partly in the UK and partly in the Punjab region of India, this is a fresh, bitingly perceptive and totally up-to-the-minute look at one young man's fight to free himself from family expectations and to be himself, free to dance to his own tune. The story is about how Manny plans to get out of an arranged marriage to a girl he has never seen at the age of
Un arranged Marriage A novel by Bali Rai. A moving story of alienation and identity, Un arranged Marriage follows teenager Manny as he struggles to maintain his links to his family and live his own life. The toilets in the motorway service station at Leicester Forest East stank of disinfectant. But at least they were warm compared to the biting wind that was kicking up outside in the car park - where my two brothers Harry and Ranjit were waiting for me. Waiting to take me to Derby, to a wedding--my wedding. A wedding that I hadn't asked for, to a girl who I didn't know. On the morning of his marriage, which also happens to be the morning of his 17th birthday, Manny looks back on his rebellious teenage years.
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