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Le kite

 by Laetitia Colombani, published on June 9, 2021 by Éditions Grasset.

Her favorite quote:

Keeping girls in the dark is the surest way to subjugate them, to muzzle their thoughts, their desires.

By depriving them of education, they are locked in a prison from which they have no way of escaping.

They are deprived of any prospect of development in society.

Why this book?

  • Because the kite is a nice symbol of elevation and hope.

    Lena offers education to the poorest children, “a pass to another life.

    More than a hope: a salvation. ”

  • Because Laetitia Colombani weaves the feminist story

    of the lives of three extraordinary women: survivors, combatants, warriors.

  • Because India, far from Ayurvedic medicine and yoga, is described

    with endemic poverty, "this disorder, this permanent boiling, this boiling made of movements and noises", which never offers a respite.

  • Because this very beautiful novel on the condition of women

    is not for all that angelic;

    the obstacles to the creation of a school are numerous and questions about the legitimacy of a European in wanting to change an encysted order revolve in Léna's head.

The essentials in 2 minutes

The plot.

 Rescued by a child with a kite, Léna decides to teach her to read and write, then to create a school for the poorest children, the most despised, the Dalits, the untouchable caste in India.


 Léna, French teacher, went to India to relax.

Lalita, the ten-year-old girl with the kite, a Dalit.

Preeti, head of the women's brigade who train in self-defense to ensure the safety of women against violent and rapist men.


 Mahabalipuram village, Kanchiputam district, Tamil Nadu, India.

The time.


The author.

 Laetitia Colombani traveled to India for

La tresse,

her first novel of 2017, of which she is about to make a film.

The kite

is her third work by this filmmaker, screenwriter and actress.

This book was read

 with empathy for the women in this story.

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