Blue Bedspread

Blue Bedspread

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by Raj Kamal Jha
     
 

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In the middle of a steamy Calcutta night the phone rings. An unnamed man in a city of millions answers to a voice telling him that his long-lost sister is dead. He must go to the hospital to identify the body and claim his sister's orphaned newborn daughter until she can be adopted the next day.

During the long hot night, the baby sleeps on a bedspread that used

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Overview

In the middle of a steamy Calcutta night the phone rings. An unnamed man in a city of millions answers to a voice telling him that his long-lost sister is dead. He must go to the hospital to identify the body and claim his sister's orphaned newborn daughter until she can be adopted the next day.

During the long hot night, the baby sleeps on a bedspread that used to be indigo blue, but has faded to almost white. As the child lies where the man and his sister used to sleep as children, he quietly writes stories for her, telling of his own childhood full of intensity, anguish, and poetry. He doesn't know his place in the world, but with the help of these stories, the baby someday might.

Raj Kamal Jha's ethereal, poetic prose echoes the loneliness of the human condition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156010887
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/06/2001
Series:
Harvest Book Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
236
Sales rank:
1,422,965
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author

RAJ KAMAL JHA's first novel, The Blue Bedspread, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Jha lives in New Delhi, where he is executive editor of the Indian Express.

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Blue Bedspread 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hai.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Youll be ok i promise
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That person that you used to know
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
........not here. But it is at jhs res 2. And im Jake Greyson, Not Jake L idk who that is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full name is Natania Fujimori. Gender is female. She has extreamly long light brown hair usually up into a messy ponytail. She is typically wearing broght clothing with a gray hoodie. She loves to draw, read, game, and watch anime. She is extreamly quirky, and she has a crush on Caden. She's Bi.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 16 almost 17. Wears: a purple fadora a jacket and tight skinny jeans. Crush: trevon. Bf: trevon. Friends: everyone. Looks: purple hair and green eyes with gold flakes. Personality: has a timper but very kind and loyal to others. Motto: you respect me i respect you. You dont respect me i wont respect you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
&star
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great storytelling...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually read customer reviews before I buy a book. Didn't with this one. Lesson learned. Very stylist writng, but for a good part of the book, I was lost. Moreover, I'm older and have no patience for spending my dwindling hours trying to figure out intricate clues that allow me to follow the story. I consider that to be the author's job. A book shouldn't be work; it should be fun. The book also had a decidely dark edge. The upside is that it's less than half as long as Edgar Sawtelle. Consider yourself warned as to both books.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I only bothered to finish it because hey, once you're halfway through a 200 page book, you might as well finish it to make the arduous journey through the first half worthwhile. Highly uninteresting novel, and the writer has a cringe-inducing 'style' that is aaaaaall about gratuitous commas to break up run-on sentences. Don't bother! Don't bother.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had such high expectations for this novel. It started out ok but afterwhile, I got lost and really bored with the book that I couldn't even finish it. Sometimes she rights in a story telling way, another in first person, it got too confusing afterwhile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jha crafts a well interwoven story of reflection and prediction through changes of narrative style and character emphasis. It is an encapsulating novel that creates a resonant narrative voice in your mind. THis is the voice that carries you through the past, both imagined and real. The reader gets a sepulchral glimpse of life in Calcutta as told through the painful anecdotes of a young boy, brother, and middle aged man.