PDF | The novel Cry, The Peacock by Anita Desia reveals delusions of the female protagonist who attempts to decry her loneliness through her own. It is a story of a young girl named Maya who was surrounded by childhood prophecy of disaster. Maya is an extremely sensitive married girl. Cry, the Peacock, Desai’s first novel, is divided into three sections: a short introduction and conclusion in objective, third-person narrative, and a long subjective.

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Sreelekshmi S Pillai rated it it was amazing Feb 16, Then I skimmed some more and came to the ‘climax’ which was just as boring as the rest of the book. Anita Desai is one of the most famous Indian English novelists.

Cry, the Peacock

She is presented in the novel as a woman who longs tje pleasures of life. In the shadows I saw peacocks dancing, the thousand eyes upon their shimmering feathers gazing steadfastly, unwinkingly upon ths final truth — Death.

Her dark house appeared like a tomb to her. Kartik Patni rated it it was ok Oct 25, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here At every step she compares Gautama with her father to the disadvantage of the former because she fails to realize that a father-daughter relationship is different from a husband-wife relationship.

She feels dejected and lonely in the house: Such irreconcilably different temperaments are bound to have marital disharmony. The matrimonial bonds that bind the two were very fragile and tenuous. Mum’s old copy of this book and it seems obvious that it was subscribed to college lit majors- she had underlined every mention of the “drums” and the ominous “dancer”.


The cries of birds evoke a sympathetic chord in her. Do you believe in prophecy or prediction?

Listening to the cries of peacock in the rainy season, she realizes that she should never sleep in peace. Despite all the luxurious, the home still lacks the vital family spirit.

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The terrifying words of the prediction, like the drumbeats of the mad vesai of Kathakali ballets, ring in her ears and unnerve her. This is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal.

Climbing the stairs she finds her cat suddenly speeding past them in a state of great alarm. This is used to detect comment spam.

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However, the element of companionship is sadly missing in the relationship between Maya and Gautama. Shifna rated it liked it May 31, Whenever he comes he gets busy with his clients or discusses politics and philosophy which do not interest her. Secondly she is alienated from bg husband and in the end she brings about his elimination from life and her own self from her family and society. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.


Seeing her morbidity, her peacocck warns her of turning aita and blames her father for spoiling her. Claire rated it really liked it Mar 14, A very awkward book that really tries hard to be a stream of conscious one but fails quite a bit.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Though she is fond of possessing books by Tagore, Edsai, Shelley, she hardly ever reads them. Gradually by the suppression and the isolation she earned the murderous intent. Kristina Silberstein rated it really liked it Apr 14, The excessive love Maya got from her father made her have a feeling that the world is a toy especially made for her, painted in her favorite colors and set moving according to her tunes.

How it is important to me. For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and eesai we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: The major concerns of the writer are loveliness, depression and solitude. She got all the attention from her father. Aayush Verma rated it liked it Mar 15, I read this alongside Virginia Woolf’s novels. Maya suffers from headaches and experiences rages of rebellion and terror. Jul 20, Mikayla Peters rated it liked it.

But I have a dissertation over this novel.