Reviews for The Henna Artist: A Novel, by Alka Joshi

erin_elizabeth's review

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informative inspiring reflective medium-paced

3.75

brandyb5050's review

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emotional hopeful inspiring reflective medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

I enjoyed this book. It is a sad commentary on how women are treated in Indian society. Even though Lakshmi suffered from abuse at the hands of her husband, she had to hide the fact she was married because it was more shameful to be a woman separated/divorced/without child than an abusive man. It was an interesting journey we get to go on with her. What happens when she is on her own and what happens when she lets people in and what society does in return. Highly recommend. 

kinshasa's review

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emotional hopeful reflective medium-paced
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

The story was good, if not a bit boring in terms of plot and conflict. Conflicts were solved and resolved a little too easily, and I would have liked for Lakshmi to find herself in a stable romantic relationship and not only the quick fling with Samir. The constant use of Hindi words did bring me out of the story quite frequently because I had to keep looking them up, and I couldn’t find some of them in the dictionary at the back of the book. The was the most annoying part for me. 

belindaolympia's review

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emotional sad slow-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

4kids4me's review

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3.0

The narration of this audiobook was fantastic. I really enjoyed the plot, though a bit predictable, as it provided an interesting look at the caste system in 1950s India.

haleyapratt's review

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emotional fast-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0

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