October 10, 1993 |
Ideas swim like glittering fishes in "The Holder of the World," but they swim in a muddy and turgid river. Bharati Mukherjee has stocked her new novel, a mock-historical mixture of romance and myth, with interesting notions about East and West, imperialism, the constricted natures and larger possibilities of women and men, and the contrasting kinds of virtual reality achieved by computers and the written word.
March 10, 1991 |
A young woman finds herself caught between the repressed attitudes of her past in a Punjabi village and the freedom she enjoys in contemporary America in this handsomely crafted novel by the National Book Critics' Circle Award winner. As a young girl, Jasmine was told by the village astrologer that her horoscope was unlucky: She would bring disaster to any man she wed.
November 12, 1989 |
Bharati Mukherjee is dark-skinned, her eyes and wavy hair black. Her accent is hard to place--cultured, cultivated, of no specific region. She looks and sounds vaguely foreign. But she is an American, as American as apple pie. And her works describe a new kind of pie being put together here. "The new America is pervasive," she is often quoted as saying of people like herself. "We aren't just your doctors and pathologists, your nurses, newspaper vendors and green grocers.
September 17, 1989
Times music critic Martin Bernheimer's thoughts about KFAC do a serious injustice to the station's standards and achievements ("The Life and Times of KFAC," Sept. 3). Bernheimer correctly recalls the pre-1987 KFAC "fragmenting symphonies" and airing "a jingly pitch for a hemorrhoid medication." He is wrong in writing "many of the same irks lingered" under new management.