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Goa 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 uickly 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 I loved this book I wanted to find out about Goa because my great great grandmother was a Goan This was exactly what I was looking for I love the authors writing she is so elouent She writes better in English than everyone I know who is English I feel like now I understand my ancestress so thank you The full title is Goa A Daughter's StoryWell 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 In December 1961 Indian troops marched into Goa putting an end to over 450 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 uite India and stereotypes about Goa and Goans abound Maria Aurora Couto's uniue 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 1510 when Afonso de Albuuerue conuered 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 Goansthe Luso Indian culture; conversion and the Inuisition; 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

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