BY Harsimran Kaur ON Jan 29 , 2022 IN BOOK REVIEWS, VIOLETA/ISABEL ALLENDE/FICTION
After reading the book “Violeta” I was reminded of the formidable “Emma” from the treasured book “A Woman of Substance” by Barbara Taylor Bradford. I reflected and introspected to what makes both women pugnacious to alter the wind of bereavement from patriarchal chauvinism and clasp the hand of resoluteness to define their purpose of life?
The answer seemed ironical, somewhat relevant to the distress and stoicism repugnantly pushed for the woman to endure.
Violeta is about a woman—so poignantly seeping in the wrinkles of time that once formed the lustre of her susceptibility. Her treasury, it seems, is her comeuppance she is obliged to adorn and unpardonably stick to the tentacles of subjugation, and one fine day in an attempt to break the shackles of deprivation she lets loose the paradoxical veneration for the man she once loved immensely.
Violate by Isabel Allende has bits of both—the soft-feathery, subservient and pusillanimous woman imperviously knocked by the storming rage of life to turn into the tendentious feminist breaking through the ignominious captivity.
Set in the background of the vast expanse of South America, the story starts with the pandemic bellowing in 1920 and finally ends in 2020—the year when Violeta pens the dots of her life to her grandson, expatiating the watchdogs of darkness and glistening mist of invigorative illumination. The men she encounters and falls in love with gives a sense of direction to her belongingness to life. She loves and hates them without absolutions to be strictly in command of herself.
She finds herself plagued in a marriage she never wanted to idolize and is fortuitously captivated by a philanderer with whom she wombs two kids. The lust and passion discriminately fade away to put an end to the synapse that governed her well-being. She sublimates into a woman of impeccable business acumen to corner wealth and priveledge at every edge of her presence and magnanimity. Thus, follows a peripatetic wave of emotions, challenges, grief and an indefatigable desire to succeed.
Every woman has a story to tell! The cascading dawn brings with it a darkness which gives a different perspective to the trajectory of life. Thus are formed experiences that define our choices and validations. Violeta is a journey of these choices and no matter how much life eludes us; we still need to give our best to grace our presence in this world.
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