Ex Bookworm group reviewPut simply this was the saga of a family called Bhatt over three generations from before Indian independence to a time beyond our own But it was anything but simple At first I found it rather difficult rather inaccessible It reuired some effort to get into but it was worth the effort My feelings "about the book when I ad only read the first 100 or so pages were completely schizophrenic and "the book when I ad only read the first 100 so pages were completely schizophrenic and deeply by two impressions one bad one good Firstly all the foreign language in the book was irritating obstructive to the story and way overdone It really isn t possible to grasp the nuances between Gujerati Hindi and Bengali when you don t understand any of them Secondly the chronology of the book was non existent It was random perverse and "Confusing But I Liked It It Reminded "But I liked it It reminded of an apocryphal story about the Beatles where on one song was it Sergeant Pepper George Martin was supposed to Explosive Acts have taken a tape of a piece of music chopped it into bits thrown the bits up into the air then picked them up and spliced the bits back together in random order producing a capricious kaleidoscopic whimsical interlude that challenged you to try and make sense of it Paresh s memories were like that and making sense of them was uiteard work Good exercise for the cerebrum this one But this is Shadowbridge (Shadowbridge, how people remember isn t it You don t remember your first day and then every day thereafter in chronological order Some months or years youardly remember anything at all but other memories stick out like icebergs Sometimes these are big events sometimes they are small personal ones Sometimes they are family stories you Academia de Rowan (A Tapeçaria have been told sometimes they are things youave experienced yourself But memory is random and it is prompted by photographs letters songs just as it was in the book Another strong memory evoked for me by the book was the many afternoons spent with my mum going through a battered brown cardboard box which irrelevantly I will tell you ad 48 SAUCERS TEA FRAGILE and NOT TO BE OPENED UNTIL REUIRED FOR USE on it of old photographs letters old tickets to cinemas and theatres and things of that ilk in it I would say to my mum Who s that and she would say something like That s my Auntie Pem s usband Jasper who was sued for breach of promise when Two Reels And A Crank he refused to marry someonee got engaged to or that s your dad s uncle Frank no one in the family would Queens Gambit (The Tudor Trilogy, have anything to do withim because e ran off with is nephew s wife Most interestingly on finding some love poems addressed to The Camping Cookbook her from someone called Joe Egg and askinger who they were from was told they were. This is a debut novel from India of an utterly original kind Joshi Absalom, Absalom! has found a style and a form in which to say new things about the Indian experience in a new manner Like Roy Joshi is doing something entirely fresh The novel takes three generations of a Gujarati family and uses them to track the course of Indianistory back to 1930 and forward into the first decades of the next century The grandparents are disciples of Gandhi smart sarcastic and principled; they meet on a non violent demonstration against British rule in Calcutta in the 1930s fall.
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family just the love affair between Mahadev and Suman is woven into the istory of the Bhatts Small things like the Jet Engine Laugh assume a disproportionate relevance compared to Black Stone historical events in a family context I rememberardly anything about the Vietnam war which should On Liberty have been a big event in my lifetime but I remember vividly two women in our streetaving a punch up in one of their back gardens when I was about five I thought Joshi was perceptive in No Way Down his understanding ofow memory works and skilful in conveying it though it made the book difficult to read than a story which runs chronologically from once upon a time to they all lived appily ever afterAlthough part of the book was set in the future it didn t feel like science fiction possibly because the future for us was the present and the past for Paresh I thought there was remarkable invention in portraying the future and it could ave just been a planetary post apocalyptic vision but it was kept small and personal kept in the family I was fascinated by the parts about the water and though some of the social implications on a big scale were explored the better understanding was in learning English Humour for Beginners how Pareshad a poo or a bathApart from the Gujerati Bengali etc which I Absolutely on Music hated because it was opaue to me I thought Joshi oftenad a great command of language There were lots of times when I stopped and thought that s really cool There was some over writing and I meant to uote one bit but I can t find it now where The Ransom of Mercy Carter head mixed up a dozen metaphors and sprinkled them with clever clogsy verbal acrobatics a whole paragraph to describe something very ordinary and I remember thinking God it s only a bottle of milk or whatever it was But this was only from time to time and this is Joshi s first novel I feel sure Gone for Good he is a writer to watch in the futureI liked many of the characters in the book with their idiosyncrasies and their eccentricities but I liked Para best of all She was terrific It s odd really that the parts of the book I found the easiest to relate to were those set in the imaginary future The past and indeed the present were difficult because of my abyssmal lack of knowledge about Indianistory I Lallieva (Alice Allevi, had no idea who Subhash Bose was andad to do some serious Googling to make any sense of all thatAll in all I really enjoyed this book and I was rather sorry when I got to the end of it I felt I ad got to know this family uite well and would ave been British Society Since 1945 happy to. In love while falling under the army's baton Their only son Paresh our principal narrator grows up to drift through life torn in different directions all at once In turne produces a daughter Para who is tomboyish aggressive martial and in er seuences in the book a suadron leader in the Indian Air Force when in the near future India is at war with a Muslim Pakistani Iranian alliance She therefore kills people for a living and is the antithesis of er grandparents' principles of Gandhiesue non violence civil disobedience and passive resistance This.my family just