Between the Assassinations

Between the Assassinations

Audiobook CD - 2009
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From the New York Times-bestselling winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008 -- a powerful and striking new collection Welcome to Kittur, India. Of its 193,432 residents, only 89 declare themselves to be without religion or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any indication, Kittur is an extraordinary crossroads of the brightest minds and the poorest morals, the up-and-coming and the downtrodden, and of an India that modern literature has rarely addressed. A twelve-year-old boy named Ziauddin, a gofer at a tea shop near the railway station, is enticed into wrongdoing because a fair-skinned stranger treats him with dignity and warmth. George D'Souza, a mosquito-repellent sprayer, elevates himself to gardener and then chauffeur to the lovely, young Mrs. Gomes, and then loses it all when he attempts to be something more. A little girl's first act of love for her father is to beg on the street for money to support his drug habit. A privileged schoolboy sets off an explosive in a Jesuit-school classroom in protest against casteism. And the loneliest member of the Marxist-Maoist Party of India falls in love with the one young woman, in the poorest part of town, whom he cannot afford to wed. A blinding, brilliant, and brave mosaic of Indian life as it is lived in a place called Kittur, Between the Assassinations, with all the humor, sympathy, and unflinching candor of The White Tiger, showcases the most beloved aspects of Aravind Adiga's writing to brilliant effect and enlarges our understanding of the world we live in today.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780743597203
Characteristics: 9 compact discs (ca. 10 hr.) :,digital ;,12 cm.


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Oct 07, 2011

Definitely one of the most entertaining and engrossing audiobooks that have livened up my daily commute in the last year. I also loved "The White Tiger" when I read it, but I feel this book provides even more bang-for-the-buck with a relentlessly entertaining series of short stories that work well for someone such as myself looking to digest the material a half an hour on the 403 at a time. Mr. Aravind is a talented storyteller and creator of memorable characters, and the narration by Mr. Nayyar effectively evokes the inner life and desires of a wide range of characters whose personal beliefs and circumstances are often world's apart even though they inhabit the same small town in the turbulent India of the 1980s.

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