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A Life Apart (English Edition) par [Mukherjee, Neel]
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Longueur : 357 pages Word Wise: Activé Composition améliorée: Activé
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Sharp, disturbing and precisely written .--A.S. Byatt, TLS.
< br/> Mukherjee writes fearless prose, cut with wry humour and extraordinary compassion .--Rose Tremain, Sunday Telegraph.
< br/> The writing ... has a sculptured clarity. Assured and fearless. ... This is subtle, precise writing that penetrates character and motive with astringent humour. --The Times.
< br/> There are a lot of subtle cultural ironies in Neel Mukherjee s debut novel, which is what makes the book such a delight. ... A Life Apart is an elegant and accomplished debut, a novel of many shades. It blends the poignancy of a coming-of-age story with the rawer excitements of an urban thriller laced with sex and violence. --Sunday Telegraph.
< br/> Mukherjee deftly interweaves the worlds of the arms trade, sex workers, fruit pickers and the Daily Mail, while also casting a light on the economic policies of the Raj, communal violence and the fragility of relationships conducted under the glare of history. But he never loses sight of his characters and their emotional upheaval. The growing tension is expertly handled; the ending unsurprising yet completely devastating. --The Guardian.
< br/> Rich and nuanced ... Mukherjee is excellent on what motivates people to act the way they do. --The Daily Telegraph.
< br/> Impressive. ... Mukherjee writes wryly and wonderfully. ... Not since Alan Hollinghurst s The Swimming Pool Library have I been as engaged by an imagining of gay twilight. ... Deeply engaging and brilliantly observed. --The Independent.
< br/> Mukherjee summons place and character brilliantly and unflinchingly in pages redolent with detail. His metaphysical vision, of course, is just as acute. --TIME Magazine.
< br/> Ambitious and subtly written. --The Sunday Times.
< br/> Beautifully written and intelligently perceptive, A Life Apart is a novel about difference and expectation and the ironies that punctuate the middle ground between them. ... A wonderfully assured and fresh debut . --Literary Review.

The writing ... has a sculptured clarity. Assured and fearless. ... This is subtle, precise writing that penetrates character and motive with astringent humour. --Helen Dunmore, The Times

Mukherjee writes wryly and wonderfully ... Deeply engaging and brilliantly observed. --Mark Turner, Independent

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Ritwik Ghosh, twenty-two and recently orphaned, finds the chance to start a new life when he arrives in England from Calcutta. But to do so, he must not only relive his entire past but also make sense of his relationship with his mother - scarred, abusive and all-consuming.

But Oxford holds little of the salvation Ritwik is looking for. Instead he moves to London, where he drops out of official existence into a shadowy hinterland of illegal immigrants. However, the story that Ritwik writes to stave off his loneliness - a Miss Gilby who teaches English, music and Western manners to the wife of a liberal zamindar - begins to find ghostly echoes in his life with his aged landlady, Anne Cameron. But then, one night, in the badlands of King's Cross, Ritwik runs into the suave, unfathomable Zafar bin Hashm. As present and past of several lives collide, Ritwik's own goes into free fall.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 879 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 357 pages
  • Editeur : Constable (28 janvier 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0038M3SSI
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J'ai été amené à lire ce roman à cause de la chaude recommandation qui en a été faite sur LCI ( Le choix des Libraires ) par le libraire de " La Griffe Noire " . J'ai lu ce roman en anglais et j'ai été très intéressé par ce premier livre d'un jeune romancier indien . Une belle réussite , à mon avis . J'en ai trouvé la construction très intelligente et très subtile ( la mise en abyme de l'histoire de Ritwik avec celle de Miss Gilby - son côté " Heat and Dust " - qui , au fond , se rejoignent étrangement , tout à la fin du livre ) . De plus , cette histoire poignante révèle la face violente de l'Angleterre urbaine , de Londres , bien sûr , avec son immigration clandestine , ses trafics illicites , ses marginaux . La fin du roman est bouleversante .
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Two fascinating books with two compelling protagonists. 18 mars 2015
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This novel had me sold on two levels. It is by an Indian author and one of it's protagonist is a gay young man. Ritwik Gosh is haunted by his past . A tumultuous upbringing among extended family in a cramped Calcutta apartment and a violently abusive mother. She is determined that he will be educated and successful but uses fear and pain to guarantee this outcome. And in a sense she succeeds. After her death shortly following the death of his kindly father, Ritwik earns a full scholarship to Oxford. There, he makes friends, but is not happy nor does he fit in. He haunts an underworld of casual sex in men's restrooms going with any man that will have him. After Oxford he escapes to London, letting his visa expire and joining yet another underworld of illegal aliens and prostitutes, turning tricks for cash on the streets. All the while he writes the story of Miss Gilby, an independently minded English woman during the British Raj. So essentially this is two compelling stories interspersed with each other. Both are unique and from two completely different viewpoints with one common denominator. Both he and Miss Gilby always remain outsiders, on the fringe of each of the various groups in which they wish to be acclimated. This is a compelling read, full of great characters but things don't always end in the way the reader or the characters would wish. It is the story of two painful legacies, that of colonialism and that of childhood abuse.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 this is brilliant story-telling. It may not be pleasant story-telling for ... 4 janvier 2015
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Written within an inch of it life,but also written unconsciously, this is brilliant story-telling. It may not be pleasant story-telling for all, but for most it will be fascinating and revealing. Better yet, it's two great novels in one slim volume: the story of an English woman in India doing the best she can under all circumstances, and always (no surprise) alone; the easy-to-trace saga of an Indian boy of middling ambition, the son of a woman with enormous drive and dreams, from Delhi and Calcutta to London and desperation. There are political undertones throughout, both English and Indian, and emotions that do not lie beneath the surface but on its walnut-pitted, sometimes shining expanse. Read as a precursor to the author's most recent, highly praised novel. One cannot imagine his getting better with age and wisdom: he's "there" already. Recommended to all but the most squeemish. I mean,this is just flat out what we hope for every time we open a serious novel.

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Expands one's knowledge of Pakistan/ India at the beginning of the 20th century. The excursions into dangerous gay cruising are among the most vivid I have ever seen, in the written word or film. An unusual counterpoint switching back and forth in time and place. Both of the lead characters, possibly all, seemed to me real people, worthy of respect and liking if not love, which was hard to come by, if not missing, from their lives. Did they change in the novel ? One maybe; one maybe not. Reads like a detective thriller, but disturbingly more intense and socially vast in scope.
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Well written but long passages devoted in detail to homosexual cruising and encounters; generally a depressing book with little relief.
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I could not put this book down...and the characters and story stayed with me for many months after finishing it. I can't wait to read more from this new author.
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