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The Mistress of Spices - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
The Mistress of Spices
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Magical, tantalizing, and sensual, The Mistress of Spices is the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time, in a faraway place, who is trained in the ancient art of spices and ordained as a mistress charged with special powers.  Once fully initiated in a rite of fire, the now immortal... show more
Magical, tantalizing, and sensual, The Mistress of Spices is the story of Tilo, a young woman born in another time, in a faraway place, who is trained in the ancient art of spices and ordained as a mistress charged with special powers.  Once fully initiated in a rite of fire, the now immortal Tilo--in the gnarled and arthritic body of an old woman--travels through time to Oakland, California, where she opens a shop from which she administers spices as curatives to her customers.  An unexpected romance with a handsome stranger eventually forces her to choose between the supernatural life of an immortal and the vicissitudes of modern life.  Spellbinding and hypnotizing, The Mistress of Spices is a tale of joy and sorrow and one special woman's magical powers.Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, born in India, is an award-winning poet who teaches creative writing at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California, where she also serves as president of MAITRI, a helpline for South Asian women.  In 1995 her short story collection Arranged Marriage was awarded the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Prize for Fiction, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award for Fiction, and an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.  Her fourth poetry collection, Leaving Yuba City, was published by Anchor in August 1997.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Format: kindle
ASIN: B002OTKEOM
Pages no: 354
Edition language: English
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Momster Bookworm
Momster Bookworm rated it
3.0 The Mistress of Spices
While magical realism abounds in this tale, there is a part of me that believes in the talent and ability of certain individuals in 'prescribing' herbs and spices to cure ailments and to correct the imbalance found in daily living -- as attributed to the central protagonist in this account. I liked ...
izziewithaY
izziewithaY rated it
A disappointing read and one of those very rare instances were I much preferred the film to the book. I had wanted to read this book for ages and although I finished it, it was a struggle from beginning to end as I never really connected with any of the characters.
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2.0 The Mistress of Spices
Made it halfway through the book. She's a good writer, but the story just wasn't going anywhere.
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