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Vivek Shanbhag (1) (1963–)

Teoksen Ghachar Ghochar tekijä

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Ghachar Ghochar (2013) 452 kappaletta

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I’m sorry, but any book which ends with the words of its title is a recipe for a low score in my opinion - it was a tacky, gimmicky end to a tepid story of an Indian family which left a bad taste in the mouth after a harmless read. In parts, it was an astutely observed family drama, concerning their change of fortunes and rise in social standing. Dynamics consequently changed and the narrator’s reflection on the gains and losses in relation to their new found wealth was the strongest part of the book. Outside of this, mainly concerning plot and resolutions of story arcs, (for want of a better way to describe it) it felt that we were left with endless strands of story left unanswered or unexplored, so much so that it didn’t feel like a narrative device but instead just lazy storytelling or an abandonment of what might’ve been a bigger novel. I guess I just wanted more than a snapshot of their lives. I wanted Shanbhag to tell me what happened: where did his wife go? Did she return? Who was the woman at their door? How did the family learn to live together? The more I think of these questions and lack of answers, the more I feel that a book should do more than this. It had promise, was readable but ultimately disappointed.… (lisätietoja)
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Dzaowan | 20 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 15, 2024 |
I nearly gave up halfway through this. Heartened, though, by other reviewers I persevered & I’m glad I did. The narrator warns that to understand his story, you’ll have to learn a lot about his family first. And he’s right, in that the family stuff is absolutely necessary, but also in that it’s a lot, such an awful lot. By the halfway point, though, he begins talking about himself and the book takes on a wonderful density & texture. The writing, too, becomes more complex: there are some gorgeous passages about the narrator’s inhaling his wife’s neck, her clothes.

Some reviewers have called what happens at the book’s end an unexpected twist, but if you’ve taken in everything our narrator has said, the seeming surprise is as inevitable as every other fact of life in a ghachar ghochar world.
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susanbooks | 20 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 30, 2023 |
Great story about a completely vacuous person who can't imagine doing anything for himself or for anyone else and limits himself to the mildest hand wringing and most limited self awareness about his passive role and the situation he's ended up in.
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tombomp | 20 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 31, 2023 |
Short but a rivetting novella.
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Santhosh_Guru | 20 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 19, 2023 |



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