A Perfect Pledge Rabindranath Maharaj

ISBN: 9780374230708

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A Perfect Pledge  by  Rabindranath Maharaj

A Perfect Pledge by Rabindranath Maharaj
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It is 1961 and Trinidad, at once a lush island paradise and a poverty-stricken hole, is inching toward independence. Narpat, a sugar cane farmer, finds himself caught at the crossroads of a changing world. He is a hard-working man of modest means,MoreIt is 1961 and Trinidad, at once a lush island paradise and a poverty-stricken hole, is inching toward independence. Narpat, a sugar cane farmer, finds himself caught at the crossroads of a changing world.

He is a hard-working man of modest means, and is sickened by the corruption and materialism running rampant on the island. He thinks his neighbors are greedy, shiftless, and enslaved to the rumshop. But Narpat is different. He contrasts the helplessness of the islanders with the resourcefulness of his ancient Aryans, and through a series of stringent moral codes and dietary injunctions, sets about to create order within his family and the village.

His rules impose a great deal of deprivation on his wife and four children, and his wife must wage her own battle against her husbands ensuing neglect. Then Narpat decides to single-handedly build a factory to prevent the loss of his livelihood. Narpats youngest son Jeeves watches his fathers obsession with the factory, watches his mothers health decline, and watches as she dies. Unable to prevent his mothers death, he tries to redeem his father by constantly reminding him of the fables the older man told to his young children.

And these fables with their undertones of pledges and duty steel the son for a terrible sacrifice.In A Perfect Pledge, Maharaj combines a Dickensian rendering of the effects of poverty, caste, envy, superstition, corruption and bigotry with vivid, complex characters and gorgeous writing, in a novel that celebrates both the resilience of the human spirit and the heartbreak of failed dreams.



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