Nectar in a Sieve
1) Describe how to title is appropriate for the novel.
- Nectar in a Sieve is an appropriate title for the book. A sieve is a strainer used to filter materials and liquids. In America, we most commonly use sieves (strainers) for spaghetti. If you put nectar in a sieve, there isn’t much of a point due to the fact that all of the nectar will pass through unchanged. The title of this book is symbolic, with nectar representing goodness and kindness, and the sieve representing the world. When you put nectar (goodness) in a sieve (the world) it will only last a short time before disappearing without a trace. In other words, enjoy what you have while it lasts, do not try to save what is in the moment.
2) Why might the author have chosen to have Ruku tell her story in flashback form? Is Ruku a reliable narrator?
- The author might have chosen to have Ruku tell her story in flashback form because this way, Ruku can foreshadow and add thoughts about the events. When a story is told in flashback form, it is easier to focus on the main events and conflicts of the story rather than the minute details. Thoughts and feelings Ruku had after the events in the story occurred can be added in, which helps the reader to understand the plot. The story makes more sense being told after the fact, and makes you think about how things have changed since then. I believe Ruku is a reliable narrator. She was involved in all of the events in the story firsthand.
3) How does Ruku’s experience as a daughter, wife, and mother inform her relationship with her daughter Ira?
- Ruku gained a lot of life experience through all of her trials. Her parents were supportive of her and she had a smooth marriage. Ira was Ruku’s first child and only daughter, so this gives them a special relationship. Ruku was unfortunately unable to bear a son with her husband, so she was forced to turn to prostitution to survive. Ruku was not happy to hear this,...