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Village by the Sea: Summary and Analysis by Anita Desai | English Literature

Anita Desai

  • Anita Desai, (born 24 June 1937) is an Indian novelist
  • Shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times.
  • Received a Sahitya Akademi Award in 1978 for her novel Fire on the Mountain
  • Won the British Guardian Prize for The Village by the Sea.
  • Guardian Children՚s Fiction Prize – The Village by the Sea
  • 2014 – Padma Bhushan


  • The Zigzag Way (2004)
  • Diamond Dust and Other Stories (2000)
  • Fasting, Feasting (1999)
  • Journey to Ithaca (1995)
  • Baumgartner՚s Bombay (1988)
  • In Custody (1984)
  • Voices in the City (1965)
  • Cry, The Peacock (1963)
  • The Village by the Sea (1982)
  • Clear Light of Day (1980)
  • Games at Twilight (1978)
  • Fire on the Mountain (1977)
  • Cat on a Houseboat (1976)
  • Where Shall We Go This Summer? (1975)
  • The Peacock Garden (1974)
  • Bye-bye Blackbird (1971)

Village by the Sea – Summary

  • Set in a small village called Thul in Western India
  • Lila, the eldest child - 13 years old, and her
  • Hari, brother – 12 years old
  • Two younger sisters - Bela and Kamal.
  • Mother and father
  • Hari and Lila manage the family
  • De Silvas have a beach house- Mon Repos next to their hut. (Helped)
  • Jagu, permits to work in his restaurant.
  • Career as a watchmaker
  • Meanwhile, Lila, Bela, and Kamal admit their sick mother in the town hospital
  • Environment of his home totally changed
  • Plans to start a small repair shop in the village
  • Lila, Hari, Bela, and Kamal all form a plan to use Hari՚s saved money to start a small chicken farm
  • Hari and his sister՚s resolve to adapt and change in this growing and ever-developing world.


  • Growing up
  • City Vs. Nature
  • Change and adaptation
  • Family


Anita Desai received Sahitya Akademi Award for the novel

A. Village by the Sea

B. Fire on the Mountain

C. Voices in the City

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