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Anita and Me: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Anita and Me: Themes
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Anita and Me: Characters
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Brief Biography of Meera Syal
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- Full Title: Anita and Me
- Where Written: England
- When Published: 1996
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Novel
- Setting: An imaginary English village, Tollington, in central England in the 1970s.
- Climax: After hearing that Anita took part in the beating of an innocent Indian man, Meena semi-intentionally falls off a horse and breaks her leg.
- Antagonist: Anita Rutter often proves cruel and domineering, but, more generally, Meena’s antagonists involve any kind of racism or intolerance, as represented by other characters such as Sam Lowbridge.
- Point of View: First-person
Extra Credit for Anita and Me
Literary Popularity. Anita and Me was so successful after being in published in 1996 that it was later adapted into a movie in 2002 and a musical drama in 2015.
Near-Death Experience. Like her characters Meena and Tracey, Meera Syal has also had a near-death experience as a child. She almost drowned when she was twelve after her canoe capsized and she stayed under water for thirty seconds, which felt much longer to her.