The Sleeping Dictionary

The Sleeping Dictionary From an award winning novelist a stunning portrait of late Raj India a sweeping saga and a love story set against a background of huge political and cultural upheaval YOU ASK FOR MY NAME THE REAL ON

  • Title: The Sleeping Dictionary
  • Author: Sujata Massey
  • ISBN: 9781476703169
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
  • From an award winning novelist, a stunning portrait of late Raj India a sweeping saga and a love story set against a background of huge political and cultural upheaval.YOU ASK FOR MY NAME, THE REAL ONE, AND I CANNOT TELL IT IS NOT FOR LACK OF EFFORT.In 1930, a great ocean wave blots out a Bengali village, leaving only one survivor, a young girl As a maidservant in a BritFrom an award winning novelist, a stunning portrait of late Raj India a sweeping saga and a love story set against a background of huge political and cultural upheaval.YOU ASK FOR MY NAME, THE REAL ONE, AND I CANNOT TELL IT IS NOT FOR LACK OF EFFORT.In 1930, a great ocean wave blots out a Bengali village, leaving only one survivor, a young girl As a maidservant in a British boarding school, Pom is renamed Sarah and discovers her gift for languages Her private dreams almost die when she arrives in Kharagpur and is recruited into a secretive, decadent world Eventually, she lands in Calcutta, renames herself Kamala, and creates a new life rich in books and friends But although success and even love seem within reach, she remains trapped by what she is and is not As India struggles to throw off imperial rule, Kamala uses her hard won skills for secrecy, languages, and reading the unspoken gestures of those around her to fight for her country s freedom and her own happiness.

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    1. Sujata Massey

      Sujata Massey is the author of historical and mystery fiction She s well known for the Rei Shimura mystery series, ten books which have won the Agatha and Macavity awards and been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark awards The eleventh book in the series, THE KIZUNA COAST, will be published in November 2014 Sujata also writes historical novels set in 19th and 20th century India THE SLEEPING DICTIONARY novel and audiobook tells the story of Kamala, young woman making her way in Bengal during the end of the British Raj period Born poor in a costal village, but rising to a position of influence in an elite British household in Calcutta, Kamala s personal journey becomes entwined with India s own struggle for independence In India, the sme book is published as CITY OF PALACES.Sujata has followed up this sweeping saga with a novella, THE AYAH S TALE This is a coming of age story of a young Indian ayah caring for children in a British family Will her devotion to the family s neglected children overshadow her own dreams of personal happiness Trains, the hill resort of Darjeeling, and fabulous jewelry all play supporting roles in this e book.Sujata lives in Balti, Maryland, with her family In addition to writing, she loves to travel, read, cook, garden and walk.

    526 thoughts on “The Sleeping Dictionary”

    1. To say that I fell in love with this book is not an exaggeration. It is one of the most beautifully written, soulful stories that I’ve had the pleasure to read. There are those books that are so special, so captivating, that you know it will forever be a part of you, and you will be perpetually indebted to is author for its creation. Where were the Pulitzer people last year when this book was published? Sujat Massey knows how to start a book, end a book, and, so importantly, how to include the [...]


    2. I always feel so ecstatic and proud whenever I get to read books about my own old city-Kolkata-a city where I was born, a city which I call 'Home'. Well I was born inCalcutta and grew up inKolkata. The Nawabs and the British coined Calcutta as "The City of Palaces". But this proverb changed during the reign of Queen Victoria, and thus Calcutta changed to the sprawling, bustling capital of India. Dennison Berwick has quoted in his book,A Walk along the Ganges:"There is poverty; there is squalor i [...]


    3. Engrossing and fascinating read! This book reminded me of Memoir of a Geisha, but set in India. I had no idea during the 1930's that there were prostitutes in India that were referred to as Sleeping Dictionaries - these young women spoke impeccable English and were well-cultured, which separated them from regular prostitutes. They helped British men, who did not speak the native tongue, negotiate deals with Indian dignitaries, hence how their name came about. Interesting right? I have to admit t [...]


    4. Setting: 1925-1947 IndiaAs the only survivor of a tidal wave that destroys her village, Pom is taken away by her rescuers to a school where she is then renamed Sarah and given a job as a servant. Pom/Sarah is smart and learns first by listening and then by reading. However,when her dearest friend dies, she is once more on her own. Sarah then moves to Kharagpur hoping to become a teacher, but is lured into a life of prostitution and is now known as Pamela. She survives because of her involvement [...]


    5. "THE SLEEPING DICTIONARY" is one of the best novels I've had the pleasure of reading this year. Sujata Massey, also known for her Rei Shimura mystery novels, is fast becoming one of my favorite writers. This is a rich, multi-layered, intense, thrilling story centered on the life of a young woman from West Bengal during the latter days of the British Raj. She began her life as Pom in a small village that was wiped out by an ocean wave, leaving her to cling to life on the highest rung of a lowly t [...]


    6. 2,5Il personaggio principale e le sue vicissitudini non sono credibili. Seguiamo la sua vita da quando è una bambina e perde la famiglia per colpa di un'inondazione. Sembra una povera Cenerentola a cui però alla fine tutto va bene: quando si trova in una brutta situazione riesce sempre a cavarsela come se avesse una buona stella a proteggerla; è sempre forte, decisa e fortunata. Da adulta ancora non ha capito che le bugie hanno le gambe corte, ma anche questa volta tutto si conclude con il li [...]


    7. A whopping 528 pages of reading pleasure.In 1930, Pom, a ten year old girl is left an orphan when a huge wave washes her entire village away. It relates her struggles from this time until she is around 18 years old, The book ends with, Pom, an adult, who joins in the political struggle for India to become n independent nation.This book was well worth the time spent reading it. Props to Sujata Massey.


    8. I really like Sujata Massey's Rei Shimura series, so I had high hopes for this. I didn't love it, sadly, but it was a pretty good book. It takes place in a very interesting time and place, and the storyline kept me reading. I was not as caught up as I would have liked, though. I found the main character very formal, and while I know that that was most likely the author's intention, it meant that I felt removed from her even though the story is told in the first person. I found her almost unbelie [...]


    9. An elegant novel about a woman's journey from the villages of India through a brothel to the fight for Indian independence. Enchanting!


    10. Acquistato anni fa, Dio solo sa il perché, e - cosa strana - non ricordo nemmeno dove. Discreto lavoro di rivisitazione di alcuni classici che vengono qui "innestati" in un contesto inusuale; leggendo i ringraziamenti si deduce che il libro abbia comportato un corposo lavoro di ricerca, il risultato è in ogni caso una lettura abbastanza leggera e decisamente in rosa, con qualche concessione al luogo comune e tuttavia non sciocca, piacevolissime atmosfere esotiche nell'India degli anni '30 e '4 [...]


    11. I was enthralled and engaged with this story from the first page to the last. The Sleeping Dictionary is one of those books that will stay with me and continue to live in my heart and imagination. I look forward to reading the next book in the Daughters of Bengal stories. Pom is a survivor who it seems can reinvent herself over and over in order to survive and it is the story of her re-invention that is so fascinating and pulls the reader into India and her life. This novel is sure to become a c [...]


    12. I found this in a Japanese bookshop and the title caught my attention. On a whim, I bought it.I'm glad I did!Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I had to know what would happen next, and then after thatYou feel so much empathy for the main character, and you just want to see her story finish happily. And, the writing was so personal and inviting. Definitely a book that was well worth the find.


    13. I could not put this one down. Ms. Massey got me with her Tokyo series - and I read them with relish - but this title was a non-stop joy. Woven with so many colors and textures and each one truly unique - creating a 'can't put it down" history of a remarkable character. I would like to know how she is doing.


    14. I loved this book; the story, the writing, the history and the strength of character of one woman through all of it. Set in India prior to and during WWII and Indian independence, the story follows an orphaned Indian girl and her relationships with the ruling British. I couldn't put it down and pulled an all nighter to finish it!


    15. Story Description:Gallery Books|August 20, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-4767-0316-9YOU ASK FOR MY NAME. THE REAL ONE, AND I CANNOT TELL. IT IS NOT FOR LACK OF EFFORT. In 1930, a great ocean wave blots out a Bengali village, leaving only one survivor, a young girl. As a maidservant in a British boarding school, Pom is renamed Sarah and discovers her gift for languages. Her private dreams almost die when she arrives in Kharagpur and is recruited into a secretive, decadent world. Eventually, sh [...]


    16. Pom was a girl of twelve from a very small village of Jholpur in West Bengal. She loses her whole family to a cyclone. In this tumultous scenario she escapes being sold and is taken to an English school where she does menial jobs around the school. She learns to read and write by herself and is introduced to the world of books. She meets a rich girl from her village to whose family her mother used to sell broomsThe friendship leads to lot of opportunities to learning and dreaming of a good life. [...]


    17. mariesbookgarden.As a long-time Sujata Massey fan, I was anxious to get my hands on her latest novel, and it did not disappoint!!Sujata Massey was born in England to parents from India and Germany (just like my friend Nandita), and she grew up mostly in Minnesota. After working as a reporter, she spent several years in Japan where she taught, studied, and began writing her first novel, The Salaryman's Wife. That first novel grew into a detective series with smart, industrious, and savvy Rei Shim [...]


    18. I absolutely loved this. It was completely engrossing, an epic tale, and inspired me to want to learn more about the Indian freedom movement. I was so engaged with the characters. The writing and story are wonderful, and for audiobook fans, the narrator was excellent- hearing all the names pronounced correctly really added to my enjoyment of the story.


    19. As a fan of Sujata Massey's Rei Shimura contemporary mystery series, I've been eagerly awaiting the release of "The Sleeping Dictionary" since I heard about it. This book (which will hopefully become the first in a second fabulous series!) is historic fiction set at the end of the Raj period in India around the time of World War II. It tells the tale of a poor, illiterate girl from Bengal and is full of up's and down's as she makes the journey to womanhood. Her name changes from Pom to Sarah to [...]


    20. How much do I love this book?? I will try to explain it a bit. The story is so beautifully told; I will carry it in my heart for a long time to come.I felt a connection to Pom from the very beginning. I wanted her to be safe and happy; I worried about her when she was falsely accused in Lockwood and when her dire circumstances and naivete led her into the sweet trap of Rose Villa. Through it all, she was determined and brave. How heartbreaking to have no other choice but to leave your child with [...]


    21. 4.5 stars. "The Sleeping Dictionary" is a sweeping historical-fiction tale about a young woman trying to find her way in India during a time of great change in that particular country. Kamala (called by many other names in the book) knows that she truly has the odds stacked against her at so many stages in her life. This book is her story and it is truly a treat.Standing at almost 500 pages, this book about one person's life could have gone awry by simply becoming overwhelming and perhaps too dr [...]


    22. Beginning in 1930 during colonial India and running through its independence, the novel tells the story of Pom, Sarah and Kamala – various names for the main character. With the twists and turns of fate, she is snatched from her carefree childhood in a Bengali village when a tsunami destroys her home and family. Left destitute she becomes a maidservant in a boarding school, a prostitute in an upscale brothel and then, by sheer luck, becomes a library clerk to a British government official. Wit [...]


    23. This was a great historical fiction story. It was one little girl’s journey in India, defying a natural disaster, as well as man-made disasters. She defied bad luck and bad decisions. She did what she had to do to survive. She followed her heart. She took giant leaps of faith and worked hard to get what she wanted even when she wasn't sure if it was possible. It was also a time when India was fighting for its independence. I found that part of the story equally compelling.The author did a beau [...]


    24. I was in a writers' group with Sujata Massey, the author, when she was in the earliest pages of the manuscript more than four years ago. I so loved the first pages that I was eager to read the final when it was out. Well, I just finished it, and loved it. Sleeping Dictionary is the story of a girl of lowest caste in India who loses her family in a monsoon in the 1930s. Her special talent for reading and writing and her love of books guide the choices she makes for the next 20 years or so, which [...]


    25. I knew very little about India's history before reading this, and it's definitely inspired me to learn more and even planted the bug to travel there one day. The dialogue was really stilted, though, and the often too-prim writing went off the rails a few times. And for a barely educated girl of 18, the main character was a little too perceptive about current events; I didn't buy it.


    26. This book was spectacular!!!! I started reading it yesterday and I could not put it down!!! I love the heroine and I admire her strength and courage. It was awesome and inspiring to watch her grow through the novel. I cannot wait to read more work by this author


    27. There was much to appreciate about this novel, including the overall quality of the writing and the interesting setting. My main complaint is that the plot relied too heavily on chance encounters and long drawn-out misunderstandings. The heroine, while mostly likeable, at times seemed unbelievably naive and at other times she was presented as emotionally intuitive and wise. Because of this her character felt contrived and inconsistent. This was an early book by Sujata Massey, and I believe her s [...]


    28. This is quite a saga. Narrated by a young girl from a rural coastal Hindu village who watches from high in a tree as the monsoon rains cause a giant wall of ocean to wipe out everyone and everything she has ever known, Pom-Sarah-Kamala embarks on a trek to survive and is helped along the way by a Muslim family. Her many misadventures through the years are Dickensian at times, think Oliver Twist (and perhaps a bit of Tom Jones thrown in, but without the humor). This is India during the rumblings [...]


    29. I enjoy Massey's Japanese mysteries and this got good reviews, so I tried it. Skillfully written, rich in background regarding the Indian independence movement coupled with the touching story of a poor girl trying to make her way against all odds. If I had any criticism, it would be that the independent movement portions were a bit too detailed for the rest of the story if one had no prior knowledge of the politicians involved. Gandhi and Nehru, yes, but the other leaders and the political parti [...]


    30. Enjoyed reading this book. It's a historical fiction set during the freedom fight of our country. A well told story with detailed historical/political background that dosen't overtake the story and leave you confused or bored. There is sadness, tragedy, joy, and finally love and triumph. There is everything in this saga to keep you turning the pages and to root for the protagonist, Pom, who never gives up. Highly recommend for fans of historical settings in India. It's a 468 page book but really [...]


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