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Junglee Girl

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Junglee (stemming from the Sanskrit root "jungle") is used in India to label the wild, the uncivilized, the untamed. Used most commonly as condemnation or censure, it aims to break the spirit of women yearning for personal power. The female protagonists in these eleven stories recklessly pursue their sensual paths through a complex social world that seeks to shut them out. With wily irreverence and a willful rawness, Kamani pulls back the veil of convention, inch by inch, and draws the reader into the disquieting truth of women's lives, charting territory both intimate and bizarre.

From Publishers Weekly

Apr 03, 1995 – In the Indian province of Gujarat, where Kamani lived until she left for the U.S. at 14, a ``Junglee'' girl is an untamed, uncontrollable one. In these 11 short stories, characters span the gamut of women, the irony being that in India's sexually repressive traditional society, this pejorative term could be applied to any self-aware woman. But Kamani, a gifted, savvy writer, combines such precarious, complex elements as class, caste, gender and eroticism into readable, imaginative and often hilarious tales. Humor is both salve and salvation; it is earthy and bawdy, reminiscent of Colette's more raucous coming-of-sexual-age chronicles: in ``Lucky Dip,'' one school-girl's crush on another is complicated by her friend's lower-class status. Magic realism effectively shapes ``The Cure,'' in which a ``Dr. Doctor'' prescribes a choice to a girl uncontrollably growing into a giant--a lifetime of abstinence or marriage to himself. Especially poignant are depictions such as ``Cipher'' and ``Just Between Indians,'' in which modern Indian women confront the traditional mores they have abandoned. What is most notable is the vigor of the writing and the subtlety with which Kamani suggests the cultural ties that always threaten to bind women. Author tour.
Junglee Girl
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jan 20, 2017
  • Publisher: Aunt Lute Books
  • Seller: INscribe Digital
  • Print Length: 208 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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