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Datta by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay – Book Review

Synopsis:

Datta is one of the most popular novels by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay. It is a romantic novel set in Victorian Bengal with a backdrop of Bengali society fragmented into Hindu and Brahmo (Brahma Samaj). The main story revolves around the relationship between an affluent Brahmo woman and a brilliant but indigent young Hindu.

Datta means a girl whose marriage has been committed with a particular boy by her parents / guardians to that boy’s parents / guardians. In short, Datta (literally meaning ‘given’) stands for betrothed (female).

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier – Book Review

Synopsis:

Featured among one of the top 10 Fictions of the Millennium(1901 – 2000), Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier is one my most favourite novels. It tells the story of a young, unnamed protagonist who works as a companion with a rich American lady and comes to Monte Carlo with her, where she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome, older gentleman. She marries Maxim de Winter and comes to ‘Manderley’ as the second Mrs. De Winter with him.

It is well known that Maxim’s widely adored wife Rebecca, had recently drowned at sea and he loved his wife very much and after her death, is shattered completely. The protagonist, due to the circumstances in her life, lacks self-confidence and after coming to Manderley after her marriage, finds it very difficult to cope with the new life style and the expectations that the people have from Mrs. De Winter. She also faces a painful struggle against the aura of Rebecca, Maxim’s first wife, that still prevails at each and every corner of the house and the country. Maxim’s new wife is constantly compared to Rebecca, who was loved and admired by all.