(The Lives of Others) [PDF/EPUB] ½ Neel Mukherjee
K of the rest It is lyrical too ugliness cruelty beauty and yearning are all given their place If like me you know next to nothing about Bengali literature love of language and music ood wedding traditions extended amily life exclamations and late 1960s revolutionary unrest you will know rather by the time you Dona Flor finish It will be an education of the most vivid immersiveully realised and revelatory kind This is such an ambitious amily saga The title Lives of Others could be interpreted in many ways by
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Each Actor In The Bigactor in the big amily and therein lies it s achievement The book also gives a spectacular perspective on the Naxalite movement and the CPIM politics that has made West Bengal what it is good or bad The Ghosh Household is an assortment of characters rom a soap opera set in the 1967 Calcutta In act the opening chapter where we are introduced to each Sono with Visits from the Seventh family within theamily Adi Priyo Bhola Chhaya and Purba along with the patriarch is straight out of a movie where the introductions are pivoted around one dialogue at a point of time The household has the petty saas bahu drama pecking order among the brothers jealousy and secrets
We also read the eldest third generation member Supratik s account rom the villages wherealso read the eldest third generation member Supratik s account rom the villages where has joined the Naxal movement which to me was detailed and brilliant The chapters are anachronistic sueezing in backstories and episodes that help understand the characters better For example the tyranny of Priyo and Chhaya on Bhola which leads to his docile nature and Somnath s spoilt nature coming rom being pampered by ather The goodness and badness of characters are exaggerated to befit a prime time soap opera Some of the backstories stretched the book a bit and did not add any value For example Priyo s perversion or Arunima s school essay don t lead anywhere and they just are left hanging Also the hinted and often scandalous secrets did not add much to the narrative Neel Mukherjee is a man of details when it comes to writing What was impressive was the amount of details he gets into Heroes Adrift (Hero, for each story line He gets into the world of prime numbers through Sona s genius gets into thearming practice details during Supratik s stint and gets into the details of cooking children s treat when he talks of Madan This revealed a lot about the meticulous research that went into it Between the pages the authors also slips in dark humor ironies and connect the dot sort of anecdotes It could have done with some level of trimming and some additional coverage or the rest of the charactersGood read. Ber die weitverzweigte Familie und ein Unternehmen das diese in Wohlstand leben lässt Aber so wenig sie die Brüchigkeit der alten Ordnung erkennen so blind sind sie ür die dunklen Geheimnisse der Kinder die Intrigen der Schwiegertöchter und den schleichenden Kollaps des Familienunternehmens der die Familie schließlich vor eine Zerreißprobe stelltMeisterhaft erzählt Neel Mukherjee die Geschichte vom Verfall einer Familie und seziert dabei die Seele einer Nati. .
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situation with a widowed daughter in law While Mukherjee delves intowith a widowed daughter in law While Mukherjee delves into the Naxalite movement in detail I Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs find s prose style congenial and her characters developed Mukherjee is an intelligent writer but I was neverully invested in his characters or in his story not even with a scene near the end that s obviously supposed to greatly affect the reader At that point all I could think of is a comparable scene in Anthony Marra s A Constellation of Vital Phenomena that s effectiveWith an epigraph rom War and Peace and the alternations between a amily s life in Calcutta and a grandson s revolutionary activities in the Puckster's First Hockey Sweater field perhaps Mukherjee intended this to be his War and Peace I sincerely apologize to himor thinking of other books not to mention Midnight s Children The Raj uartet and The God of Small Things while reading his novel I couldn t help it This is a terrific book of the kind that doesn t come along very often and I urge you to read it I was lucky enough to receive an advance proof copy as Neel Mukherjee the author is an old riend and I m very proud to be included in the acknowledgements However the opinions#The Naxalite Movement In Detail #Naxalite movement in detail ind
that ollow are all my ownSo this is a BIG book and Liar first andoremost it isfollow are all my ownSo this is a BIG book and Noir first andoremost it is great Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are feat of storytelling Read it luxuriate in it discuss it with your book group I m not a gambler but I m tempted to put money on it if it doesn t at least make it to the shortlistsor some major literary awards there s no justice You will gasp wince laugh and maybe weep I did The Lives of Others is profound astute tragic ribald poetic and shocking a portmanteau novel with room Gaffer for everything it is social historyamily saga a tale of Circumstantial Evidence forbidden love and a meditation on why people behave the way they do on the transcendent and destructive impulses and where they can lead It is also an unforgettable indictment of the price of keeping the poor hungry and indebted and a clear sighted portrayal of what happens when people are so oppressed they have nothing left to lose Theear of being poor and the social cost of poverty are real driving Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers forces in the story it is a battleor survival that many of its participants are doomed to lose It is also an acutely observed study of amily relationships and the sometimes brutal interplay of rivalry power duty and rebellion And I have never read anything that has given me such an insight into the deadening effect of the life of undernourished back breaking toil that is the lot of so many and underpins the wealth security and reedom to thin. Sein eigenes Leben und die Welt zu verändern hat sich Supratik der älteste Enkel im Haus der Ghoshes einer maoistischen Gruppierung angeschlossenWährend er versucht die landlosen Tagelöhner ür den bewaffneten Kampf zu gewinnen und sich dabei in die Widersprüche zwischen politischem Idealismus und terroristischer Aktion verstrickt bleiben die Zeichen der Zeit hinter den Mauern des Familiensitzes unerkannt Noch herrschen der alternde Patriarch und seine Frau ü. Neel Mukherjee s The Lives of Others has one of the most heartbreaking openings to a book that completely underlines the vast difference between the haves and the have nots and the inevitability of a violent uprising against
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#This Backdrop That We Meet The Ghosh Family Part Of #backdrop that we meet the Ghosh amily part of elite of this city This is a powerful Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) family saga sumptuous in its descriptions of aamily and a city in turmoil It pulls you in almost instantly sometimes into situations that you d rather not be witness to There are some graphic scenes of torture that are really hard to read but I do think they re integral to the story The infighting and jealousy within the Summer Meditations family reveals some very unpleasant characters but they are undoubtablyascinating The story is seen God Said, Ha!: A Memoir from the perspectives of both theamily members living in their our storey home in Calcutta and Supratik the amily member who walks out of the On the Right Side of a Dream family home Supatrik becomes a political activist when he sees the way he and the rest of the Ghosh s have all they want and others have nothing It s engrossing and deeply affecting as it exposes the the gulf between rich and poor us and them A definite must read The Booker book I have been waitingor Totally involving emotionally gripping and thought provoking Jhumpa Lahiri s The Lowlands has as its jumping off point the Naxalite rebellion social unrest in Bengal and police repression in Calcutta in the late 60s I ound that book disappointing but the early Calcutta scenes did stay with me Now Neel Mukherjee takes
Us Inside Deep Insideinside deep inside period of social upheaval in India also giving us a sweeping amily saga that stretches the century and that doesn t hold back Operation Iceberg : The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II from grappling with very troubling uestions of horrific social ineuity while also asking when and if it is right to put the struggle against those ineuities aboveamily ties It s not an easy book at all parts are truly horrific and if I had a complaint it s that it s hard to like any of the main characters That As I read this especially while Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq feeling bogged down halfway through due to all the minutiae it s not worn lightly my mind drifted to other novels Ielt did this kind of story betterFor one I was reminded of A Suitable Boy a book that at 1474 pages I could read again while this one at 505 pages I Michelin Green Guide Normandy found too long For another The Lowland though my leastavorite Jhumpa Lahiri covers some of the same time perio. »Ma ich gehe ort Ich bin erschöpft vom Konsumieren vom Nehmen und Raffen Ich bin so vollgestopft dass ich keine Luft mehr kriege Ich gehe ort um mich zu reinigen mein altes Leben hinter mir zu lassen Ich habe das Gefühl in einem geborgten Haus zu leben Es ist Zeit mein eigenes zu suchen Verzeih mir«Kalkutta 1967 – die Stadt befindet sich im Aufruhr Studenten liefern sich Straßenschlachten mit der Polizei Betriebe werden bestreikt Angetrieben von dem Wunsch.