Publisher: Free Press
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Hard in the language (at least for me his english was not easy at all), hard in the rhythms, hard in the beginnigns and in the endings. Where are his final considerations then? If he wanted to harshly show a harsh world, there are other means (documentaries, photos, etc. etc.). Did he want to give voice to those-who-cannot-express-themselves because victims of the whole indian system? Why did not he take some lines more to better explain everything? It was hard to follow, hard to get; it was restarted and left more than few times. Moreover short stories aren't my favourite. I was expecting much more.
What saves him is the accuracy with the harsh everyday unconsidered indian reality; that is pretty realiable; a reality that crushes on the majority of the indian people. It seems to me it was a unsuccessfull experiment: i.e. the organizational structure is potentially interesting but it fails.
Niccolò said on Aug 24, 2014, 10:15
hermia said on Jan 03, 2013, 15:45
idrojordi said on Jan 23, 2012, 18:57
The title “Between the Assassinations” refers to the period between the murders of Indira Gandhi in 1984 and of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991. The stories are set in a fictitious town, Kittur, which represents any Indian town. Each chapter is introduced by the description of an area of the city, as in a tourist guide.
The picture of India created by the novel is appalling from two points of view. On one hand, in fact, you realise how little we know and understand of India. All we know is the tourist bit, or what we have read of the little world we have access to, the world of the traditionally richer higher castes, and now the world of new technological India. But what do we know of the lower castes? I wasn’t even able to find any information of the Internet. Even in Wikipedia they speak of the higher castes, and then mention the fact that lower castes exist. And what do we know of the way these people live? They were excluded by Indian social life, and wilfully ignored as untouchable. We know nothing of the way they live even now.
On the other hand the stories told leave no scope for hope. These people are born miserable and they have no chance whatsoever to improve their condition – rather, they can go worse any time. One of the characters says something that summarises the core of this book: “You know what the biggest difference is, between being rich and being like us? The rich can make mistakes again and again. We make only one mistake and that’s it for us.”
Terrible, but absolutely worth reading.
cristina said on Jan 01, 2012, 10:58
Avalon89 said on Feb 04, 2011, 16:34
Con questi brevi racconti ambientati tra il 1984 e il 1991 Adiga costruisce una guida turistica alternativa e disincantata all’immaginaria città indiana di Kittur, “strano miscuglio di straordinaria bellezza e di luridume” - il secondo elemento per la verità prevale sulla prima - e polverizza idealizzazioni, esotismi e magie spesso associati all’India nelle guide tradizionali e nella narrativa.
Ogni luogo citato nella “vera” guida turistica a Kittur, i cui estratti fungono da intermezzo e contrappunto con i racconti, è reso teatro di vicende che mostrano l’ ingiustizia, la corruzione e le tensioni sociali (tra caste, tra religioni diverse) che corrono nella società. Protagonisti sono in maggioranza personaggi marginali quali venditori di libri fotocopiati o di rimedi da ciarlatani, gente che si lancia a campare miseramente tra vari mestieri, senza nessuna rete di sicurezza, a cui basta un unico errore per portare la vita intera alla rovina, le cui aspirazioni rimagono intrappolate tra cose che non hanno detto di sì e cose a cui non si sa dire di no.
Quadro deprimente dove non arriva lo scatto di ribellione violenta di La Tigre Bianca a rompere la rassegnazione dominante.
Lebowski said on Jan 12, 2011, 23:27
Annalogora said on Dec 05, 2010, 10:20
Aida said on Oct 29, 2010, 11:55
Between the Assassinations 指的是1984年及1991年Indira Gandhi（英迪拉甘地，印度總理尼赫魯的女兒，和聖雄甘地沒有關係）和Rajiv Gandhi（拉吉夫甘地，英迪拉甘地之子）分別在總理任上被暗殺。
Cherry Wang said on Oct 26, 2010, 02:32
palli said on Oct 22, 2010, 20:56