The Marriage Bureau for Rich PeopleBook - 2009 | 1st American ed.
Mr. Ali, a retiree in a city in southern India, decides he needs something to do and opens a marriage bureau. He is soon so swamped with business that to assist him he hires a young woman named Aruna, whose Brahmin family has fallen on hard times. Zama is an admirer of Jane Austen, and though his debut does not exactly parallel one of her novels, there is a Mr. Darcy figure in the person of a handsome young doctor. The author also touches upon such pertinent topics as the caste system, the perils of political protest in India, and how the ordinary Indian is at the mercy of corrupt officials. But mostly this is a delightfully exotic love story (to Western readers anyway) with engaging characters and a happy ending. Mainly appealing to readers with some interest in Indian culture and customs.Leslie Patterson, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, RI Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Amy Einhorn Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st American ed.
Branch Call Number: FIC ZAMA
Characteristics: 293 p. ; 22 cm.