Book Review – The Finger Puppet

This book was strongly recommended by maami. I’m glad I picked up a copy.  I find it difficult to believe this is Anu Jayanth’s first book. The story just flows so lucidly and the house in Thirucchirappalli provides a great backdrop for the book. It almost feels like one of the characters.

Is this book about the bonding between sisters? Or about a tyrant father twisting the lives of his children and terrorising them? Or is it about the mother who never loses her serenity, whatever the circumstance?

l guess its all of the above…

Its about a lonely young girl blossoming into a lovely young woman despite hardships of an almost dysfunctional family.

The book does not shy away from harsh realities of life, but presents life as is, beautiful and ugly, serene and dangerous, loving and hateful…

Some may find the reference to the vedas a bit too long winding, but I quite enjoyed it.

I think I’ll read it again, go through it slower this time and relish every word.



  1. buddy said,

    October 10, 2008 at 4:45 am

    im still reading last decades classics…just read 1000 splendid suns, and kite runner (never read both back to back) and will read namesake now!
    i feel so outdated

    1000 splendid suns is a fabulous book. really changed the way i viewed life in afghanistan. but didn’t try kite runner. seemed a bit too sad for me… namesake is good too. but for once, i liked the movie better!!

  2. maami said,

    October 11, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Glad you liked it!

    🙂 thanx for recommending it!

  3. Anu Jayanth said,

    October 11, 2008 at 8:02 am

    Thanks 🙂

    🙂 You’re welcome!! Thanx for visiting my blog! I’m honoured.

  4. davematt said,

    March 2, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Guess what? I bought this one over the weekend because of your review :-). I have to finish The Lost Flamingoes of Bombay before I start on this.

    I loved it, but I really hope u r not disappointed!!! 🙂

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