The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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Jcheng1234 Apr 17, 2018

A compelling story about the bonding of two women living under different caste in modern Bombay. An upper middle class educated Parsi woman who was married to a physically abusive husband and her loyal 65 years old illiterate Hindu domestic servant whose husband became an alcoholic and left after an industrial accident. Well written story about grief, loss, ill-fated lives of oppressed women in India. I got to know more about India’s tradition and culture and how education and the class you were born in decide your fate and destiny. Good to read but may feel drained after reading the sad and naked truth about life living in slum and under the caste system.

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sherristair
Jan 25, 2018

A haunting story that I keep thinking about. It skillfully weaves a tapestry of friendship and generosity marred by class distinctions. A fascinating window into the oppression of women in India and the inner strength of an illiterate woman who by all appearances has nothing.

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Eil_1
Jan 17, 2018

Once again this author delivers a compelling story of women in India. It explores the lives of two women's lives in the various class systems of India. I enjoyed the story; however, it had much sadness and despair for the women. The men are brutal and selfish in their domination over females. I would not necessarily recommend it.

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Ricegirl1959
Jun 19, 2017

Okay, looking at previous comments, I obviously do not share the opinions of other readers. I will now explain my rating. But before I do that, I will say the author's character development was excellent, her description of events, the environment was perfect to the point I actually believed I was in the places she described.

And I suppose that was my problem with this book. I felt totally and completely emotionally drained after reading "The Space Between Us." I am one of those people who typically goes to the movies, hoping to escape the realities of life, just for a little while. Usually, I read for the same reason, at least when I read fiction. If I want reality, then I read non-fiction.

I felt compelled to finish reading Umrigar's "Space Between Us," because I felt sure I knew how the book would end. I was wrong, thankfully, but it still left me unsatisfied and it only confirmed what I already knew - there are so many people living in this world who are so desperately poor and there is nothing that can be done about it. And that I find depressing. (And yes, I am for real and I am being totally serious.) Umrigar IS an excellent writer but I find her material too realistic, maybe that is my loss.

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Al_Betsi
Jan 13, 2017

isn't there going to be a movie ...that's coming out April or something ..I just want to know if this is the book?

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funky_d
Sep 03, 2014

The Space Between Us delves into the lves of two families of different socio-economic realms in Bombay. The novel is well written, adeptly puling you into the lives of the interesting characters. The story is pretty bleak which didn't bother me but by the end, I was disappointed that all the men in the novel were disappointments. Life is not a box of chocolates but sometimes you want to believe it. Still I recommend this novel and will read more of Umrigar's work as she has proven that she can pen.

Aggie3 Apr 13, 2014

An incredible story of life. Love, hate, tragedy, relationships, loss and the social divide. Moving story of women for women by a woman. So different from a western style of living yet so relatable.

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Daastan
Jul 02, 2013

A fantastic read for all women. Nobody has a perfect life!

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 22, 2013

Bhima, devoted servant, and Sera, her employer, are deeply separate by caste—yet their lives are intertwined by love, deceit and betrayal. Set in two very different households in modern-day Mumbai and witnessed through these two compelling women, journalist Umrigar’s novel vividly captures how the bonds of womanhood are pitted against the divisions of class and culture.

madison382 May 13, 2013

I found this book to be very interesting, it gives you a little insight into the class system in India.

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GLNovak
Mar 25, 2013

Bhima has been servant to Sera, a Parsi, for twenty years. Sera is paying for Bhima's granddaughter, Maya, to go to college and break the cycle of poverty her family has always lived. Seems idyllic but of course, underneath is the tension of class, of the haves and have-nots, of loyalty to family vs. the demands of right and wrong. Very well written and very absorbing story.

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camery
Feb 26, 2013

could you please save four copies

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muffin0321
Nov 03, 2012

If you liked the "help" you will love this book. Characters so well developed. Read this book some time ago but story stays with me. This is a great author and her new book "the world we found" is equally enjoyable.

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nmm
Mar 23, 2012

"The Space Between Us" draws attention to the tension between different classes. At the same time this story was interesting, unpredictable and well written! I loved it!

skylars Oct 02, 2011

Beautiful story about rich woman of Bombay and her servant. Sad and pathetic look at Indian culture.

charms46 Sep 21, 2011

Overall a powerful and poignant story of the divide that exists between humans, especially as it plays out in the class system in Mumbai. The two main characters are very well-drawn. The author is a little heavy-handed in her metaphors but overall a great read.

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mml725
Aug 04, 2011

Excellent book on the relationship between servant and employer. . .

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vidyaslibrary
Jul 06, 2011

A very well written book...brings the stark contrast of the upper and lower class in India and the family pride/status that is so prevalent in the society there. Brings out the cost one woman pays to claim justice when falsely implicated. Very nice read and well written!

Booktraveler Apr 20, 2011

Story about 2 Indian women one the housewife/employer the other the servant/employee. The book delves into each woman's life story and the strengths, challenges and boundaries of the shared relationship between the two women. This was a very interesting well written book. I enjoyed the characters as well as the story line. This book was somewhat similar to the relationship explored in "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett.

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annereith
Apr 06, 2011

A very well-written book that has you on an emotional roller-coaster ride. Despite the heavy content, it's surprisingly a quick read.


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