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Between the Assassinations

By Aravind Adiga

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| Hardcover | 9781439152928

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    White Tiger is better

    The White Tiger is just sooooo good so I feel a bit disappointed at this but then it's hard to compare because this book is not a long story. It consists of many short stories that are not meant to be developed like the White Tiger... oh well...

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    hermia said on Jan 3, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    Ho preferito il suo romanzo d'esordio "La tigre bianca" (che consiglio spassionatamente), ma anche queste 12 storie che nell'arco di 7 anni si sfiorano regalandoci un ritratto toccante e tangibile di un grande paese come l'India lascia il segno.

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    idrojordi said on Jan 23, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    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 th ...(continue)

    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.

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    cristina said on Jan 1, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    Probabilmente di qualsiasi libro affrontato dopo La Strada non avrei goduto a pieno, ma proprio non amo i racconti per quanto scritti bene.

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    Avalon89 said on Feb 4, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    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 ...(continue)

    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.

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    Lebowski said on Jan 12, 2011 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Hardcover 339 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 1439152926
  • ISBN-13: 9781439152928
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publish date: 2009-06-09
  • Dimensions: 193 mm x 1,044 mm x 1,425 mm
  • Also available as: Paperback , Audio CD , Others , eBook
  • In other languages: other languages Libri Italiani
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