Tag Archives: Indian literature

Quichotte — Salman Rushdie

My first draft of this review began with the sentence: ‘Quichotte is a mess’. However, in looking around at other critiques, I came across an NPR review saying the exact same thing. Which feels validating, but I wouldn’t want to … Continue reading

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The God of Small Things — Arundhati Roy

In 1993, a young woman, Rahel, looks back at a few days in 1969 when a visiting cousin from England, Sophie Mol, is killed. At the heart of the novel are two important relationships: that between Rahel and her twin … Continue reading

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The Inheritance of Loss — Kiran Desai

Desai presents a bleak vision of ambition and aspiration in The Inheritance of Loss, which is a story revolving around an elderly judge and his granddaughter, and includes people who work for them and know them. All of Desai’s characters … Continue reading

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The Lowland — Jhumpa Lahiri

Set in Calcutta from the 1950s up to the modern day, The Lowland tells the story of two brothers, Subhash and Udayan, who lead markedly different lives. Subhash is focused on his education and career, and emigrates to better his … Continue reading

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A Fine Balance — Rohinton Mistry

My word, 1996 was a good year! Having already read the books considered the main contenders for the prize (Swift’s Last Orders, Atwood’s Alias Grace, and Deane’s Reading in the Dark), I was prepared for a series of pretty ordinary … Continue reading

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The Year of the Runaways — Sunjeev Sahota

The Year of the Runaways is an engaging and entertaining read exploring the Indian immigrant experience in England. Sahota tells the story of a small community of young, male, immigrant workers and one woman, Narinder, whose role with this community … Continue reading

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Midnight’s Children — Salman Rushdie

Sorry for the delay in publishing posts lately: I have spent the last month or so either away in India or catching up on my massive backlog of work for having been away in India. However, to make up this … Continue reading

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