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Drawn into a tale of determination

books Updated: Dec 10, 2009 20:15 IST
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Title: The Hour Before Dawn
Author: Bhabendra Nath Saika
Translated by: Maitreyee SC
Publisher: Penguin
Price: Rs 350

This book is a translation of Assamese novel Antordeep, and is a touchy rendition of overwhelming emotions that the female protagonist encounters during her life journey.

Menoka is betrayed by her husband, misunderstood by her eldest son but stands strong irrespective of the circumstances she faces. Her husband Mohikanto gets married again but she overcomes her anguish with a strength that even scares him.

The writer’s greatest strength lies in the way she draws the reader into the narrative and Menoka’s determination leaves one further motivated.