In December , Indian Troops Marched Into Goa Putting An End To Over Years Of Portuguese Rule, The Longest Spell Of Colonialism On The Subcontinent, And Goa Became Part Of The Indian Union In Popular Imagination, However, Goa Has Remained A Place Not Quite India, And Stereotypes About Goa And Goans Abound Maria Aurora Couto S Unique Blend Of Biography, Memoir And Social History Brings Us The Goa Behind The Beaches And Booze Culture That Is Projected For The Tourist And Which Has Unfortunately Come To Define Goa For The Vast Majority Outside The State Starting With An Account Of The Immediate Aftermath Of Liberation, Couto Goes Back And Forth In Time To Examine The Fundamental Transformations In Goan Society From , When Afonso De Albuquerque Conquered Goa, Up To The Present Drawing Upon The Experiences Of Her Own Family And Those Of Others, Both Hindu And Catholic, She Writes Of The Influences That Have Touched All Goans The Luso Indian Culture Conversion And The Inquisition Political And Cultural Changes In Europe Such As The French Revolution And The Ideals Of Republicanism Folk Traditions, Music And The Konkani Language And, Ultimately, Freedom And Integration With India In The Process She Reveals How Goa, Which Combines The Best Of Traditional And Cosmopolitan Lifestyles, Has Evolved Into India S Twenty First Century Model Of Economic Development And Communal Harmony Written With Sensitivity, Insight And Scholarship, Goa A Daughter S Story Is At Once Expansive And Intimate A Moving Narrative About Home, The Village And The World, In Which The Author Crosses The Boundaries Between History And Memory, Truth And Imagination, To Evoke Personal And Community Experience It Is As Much An Appraisal Of Goa S Past As It Is An Examination Of Its Present And A Vision For Its Future I was both elated and exasperated by this book Goa a daughter s story , is a much researched book into the history, religion, culture and politics of Goa, documenting it from its mythological creation until the present day dilemma faced by the diaspora and the local I was very impressed by the depth of detail which went into putting the book together, which involved countless conversations, and no doubt weeks, if not months, spent in archives in Goa and Portugal However, I was led into reading the book by the way it began, as a personal story through which we see the Authors take on Goa the start of the book was pleasant enough to read, but I was soon bogged down The story quickly developed into a historical tome, and I was soon lost in the maze of too many parallel trains of thought, facts and figures, and discontinuities in the narrative I had wanted to read a synopsis of my own history and culture, told through a structure story where the train of thought led from one narrative to the other, Instead, I ended up scanning through and skipping entire pages, as I found them filled with too much detail sometimes of history, sometimes of the authors own personal stories which I could not connect to There was also too much speculation to my liking, when the author had no documented explanation for some observation I think the author should have produced two books a concise history book for students of Goa, and a narrative of Goan history for everyman.In all, a thorough reading on Goa, but I would recommend it for history buffs or for the family of Mrs Couto there is a lot of interesting personal history here , and not for an everyday read Sadly, I came away remembering less than I had hoped, as I was thoroughly lost in the mass of data. The full title is Goa A Daughter s Story Well researched and beautifully written I liked the personal tone of the book and the anecdotes It s a history and impressions of Goa seen through the eyes of the author This makes it unlike a boring history book, and makes it much interesting to read.
Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Goa book, this is one of the most wanted Maria Couto author readers around the world.
- 456 pages
- Maria Couto
- 14 April 2019 Maria Couto