Anita Desai’s Cry the Peacock: A Manifesto of Female Predicament. Anita Sharma. Research Scholar. Department of English. Kurukshetra University. It is a story of a young girl named Maya who was surrounded by childhood prophecy of disaster. Maya is an extremely sensitive married girl. Cry, the Peacock, Desai’s first novel, is divided into three sections: a short introduction and conclusion in objective, third-person narrative, and a long subjective.

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Jun 23, Taranum rated it it was ok. She knew she was going insane. Despite all the luxurious, the home still lacks the vital family spirit.

Cry, the Peacock

Mum’s old copy of this book and it seems obvious that it was subscribed to college lit majors- she had underlined every mention of the “drums” and the ominous “dancer”. The trouble with Maya is that she fails to realize that each one is a crg individual — who necessarily thinks, act and behaves in a different manner from others. Aniya are commenting using your Twitter account. This service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles.

The terrifying words of the prediction, like the drumbeats of the mad demon of Kathakali ballets, ring in her ears and unnerve her.

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Climbing the stairs she finds her cat suddenly speeding past them in a state of great alarm. She says that she loves Gautama, rarely shows her love in deeds. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective tye.

A very awkward book that really tries hard to be a stream of conscious one but fails desa a bit. This supports the Maven widget and search functionality. How it is important to me. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Maya has romantic love for the beautiful, the colorful and the sensuous; Gautama is not romantic and has no use for flowers.


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It’s very very interesting and one of my favourite novel of Desai ji. Rahat Manav rated it did not like it Dec 08, Then suddenly, during her interval of sanity, an idea hopefully dawns in her mind that since the albino had predicted death to either of them, it may be Gautama and not she whose life is threatened. ComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. The colorful world has been presented to reveal a dark side of evil and ugliness.

The city plays a crucial role in widening the marital gap between Gautama and Maya. I think I did well to not waste more than an hour of my time on this piece of horse poop.

‘Cry, the Peacock’ by Anita Desai

Thus, she murders her husband in a fit of insane fury and commits suicide. The two are often compared, and I highly suggest reading them together. Passing out of the room, Maya catches sight of bronze Shiva dancing and prays to the Lord of Dance to protect them.

Open Preview See a Problem? It is that — my loneliness in this house. Shifna rated it liked it May 31, Savyata rated it liked it Jun 10, As Gautama move in front of her, she in a fit of frenzy pushes him over the parapet to pass through an immensity of air down to the very bottom, thereby terminating her struggle.

Maya suffers from headaches and experiences rages of rebellion and terror.

The loving attention of her father makes Maya oblivious of the deadly shadow, but as her husband fails to satisfy her intense longing for love and life, she is left to the solitude and silence of the house which prey upon her. It shows her sensitiveness.

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Peacocm was alone at home with only her father who was a lawyer with her after the death of her mother and cyr brother having gone to America to carve his own independent destiny. When I come across a book that I have read a long time back such as this onethere are not many outpourings to give.

HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others. Javascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the dssai. When Gautama, a busy, prosperous lawyer, too much engrossed in his own vocational affairs, fails to meet her demands, she feels neglected and miserable.

Gautama remains so much lost in his work that Maya finds him even oblivious of the dust storm that has raged earlier in the afternoon. Climbing the stairs she finds her cat suddenly speeding past them in a state of great alarm.

Maya does not grow up mentally which results in suffering. Return to Book Page. God, let me sleep, forget, rest.

This review has been desia because it contains spoilers. This tendency continues after marriage and Gautama points out to her, that she never reads the newspaper or a book neither does she involve herself in any extra-curricular activity. ANu Kuriyappilliyil rated it it was amazing Mar 08,