In The Madness of Sara Mansfield, these words are attributed to Medha, a character who is activist, mother and grandmother. Medha is a fierce, determined woman living in defiance of the expected order of things. This has been an overarching theme of her life, and that of her ancestors, and yet she struggles to pass this onto her daughter, Saraswati, without squashing her at times.
All of the characters in this novel speak from the first person perspective so that when you are in their world you only experience life from the limits of their understanding.
Do I envisage the role of the author as being able to step into the minds and lives of others, offering varying perspectives without judgment, simply encouraging the reader to reach their own conclusions as to what is really going on?
Yes – I’d say I do.
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