For those who like lush foreign settings, engaging prose, and a poignant story, The Grammarian by Annapurna Potluri definitely delivers. From its opening pages, the flow of the writing made the story visually come alive in my mind. Cultural values pertaining to beauty and non-beauty enhanced the characterization of the poor, afflicted, Anjali, a young woman disfigured from polio at an early age. Through the author’s rich prose, I could empathize with Anjali’s plight and feel her lingering sadness.
When a simple act of kindness destroys Anjali’s life, and she and Lautens are banished from the Adivi home, the story truly becomes affecting and we are shown the heroine’s courage and the hero’s loss.
This was a lovely debut novel from a talented writer and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future. This is definitely a book to savour.