“A Wicked Old Woman is funny, laconic and absolutely refuses to back down…” http://alasdairstuart.com/2015/11/03/review-a-wicked-old-woman-by-ravinder-randhawa/
“The first thing I have to say about is book is that reading it felt more like experiencing a poem than reading a simple story. Every word felt carefully considered and placed for maximum impact. ………It’s a very beautiful book, in many ways (it even feels wonderful to read.” https://anovelhaul.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/a-wicked-old-woman-by-ravinder-randhawa/
Drama. Masquerade. Mischief.
A sharply observed, witty and confident novel. Linguistically playful, entertaining and provoking.
In a bustling British city, Kulwant mischievously masquerades as a much older woman, using her walking stick like a Greek chorus, ‘…stick-leg-shuffle-leg-shuffle…’ encountering new adventures and getting bruised by the jagged edges of her life. There’s the Punjabi punk who rescues her after a carefully calculated fall; Caroline, her gregarious friend from school days, who watched over her dizzy romance with ‘Michael the Archangel’, and Rani/Rosalind, who’s just killed a man …
Vividly bringing to life a bit of the 60s, 70s and 80s.
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Top Ten Reasons To Read A Wicked Old Woman
It is full of beautiful imagery.
With such beautiful and vivid descriptions, it was a very aromatic and atmospheric read that pulls you straight into it’s own world.
It is a book that has a beautiful cover that perfectly illustrates the beautiful writing and story inside.
“I feel like it was an important story to tell. … I also enjoyed Randhawa’s unique imagery. There are, of course, the obvious images of food full of aromatic spices and bright, beautiful fabrics we associate with Indian culture but Randhawa also brings to life the harsher details of life like the remains of a burnt out house, the feel of second-hand clothes, or the ache of eyes left open too long. My favorite image though is the one repeated throughout the book – “Stick-leg-shuffle-leg-shuffle” – the sound of a wicked old woman using a walking stick. Such a unique and perfect way of describing that sound and bringing the image to mind.”
- “Swords destroy, books create.” “Wars burn out but books remain.” My guest post on why diverse books are essential in this destructive age where knowledge and thought are under threat. http://liveotherwise.co.uk/makingitup/2015/11/27/a-wicked-old-woman-by-ravinder-randhawa-guest-post/