The Age of Shiva: A Novel

The Age of Shiva: A Novel

by Manil Suri
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The Age of Shiva: A Novel by Manil Suri

"A stunning novel, proof that Manil Suri is a major storyteller of heart and intelligence." —Amy TanThe Age of Shiva is at once a powerful story of a country in turmoil and an "unflinchingly honest" portrait of maternal love—"intricately interwoven with the ancient rites and myths" (Booklist) crucial to India's history. Meera, the narrator, is seventeen years old when she catches her first glimpse of Dev, performing a song so infused with passion that it arouses in her the first flush of erotic longing. She wonders if she can steal him away from Roopa, her older, more beautiful sister, who has brought her along to see him. It is only when her son is born that Meera begins to imagine a life of fulfillment. She engulfs him with a love so deep, so overpowering, that she must fear its consequences. Meera's unforgettable story, embodying Shiva as a symbol of religious upheaval, places The Age of Shiva among the most compelling novels to emerge from contemporary India. Reading group guide included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393333633
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/12/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 571,528
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Manil Suri is the best-selling author of The Death of Vishnu, a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and The Age of Shiva. A native of Mumbai, he is a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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Age of Shiva 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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montana-gal More than 1 year ago
A wonderfully complex story of an independent woman in post Independence period in India, her good choices and her bad choices, and her devotion to her son. Beautifully interwoven characters and stories. Manil Suri is a writer i would always trust to tell a great story.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Wonderful writing, but I guess I was left dissatisfied with the ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well written and captivating!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a patchwork of Indian stereotypes, but without subtlety. The book is a self-conscious effort to become the definitive post-colonial novel with perhaps an eye to a movie script. I thought it was tedious. Pity, because Suri is, otherwise, a good writer. Try Amitav Ghosh if you want the real deal.