The Age of Shiva

The Age of Shiva

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The Age of Shiva by Manil Suri, Josephine Bailey

Following his spectacular debut novel, The Death of Vishnu, Manil Suri returns with a mesmerizing story of modern India, richly layered with themes from Hindu mythology. The Age of Shiva is at once a powerful story of a country in turmoil and an extraordinary portrait of maternal love.

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.

When Meera's reverie comes true, it does not lead to the fairy-tale marriage she imagined. She escapes her overbearing father only to find herself thrust into the male-dominated landscape of India after independence. Dev's family is orthodox and domineering, his physical demands oppressive. His brother Arya lusts after her with the same intensity that fuels his right-wing politics. Although Meera develops an unexpected affinity with her sister-in-law Sandhya, the tenderness they share is as heartbreaking as it is fleeting.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400106219
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2008
Edition description: Unabridged, 14 CDs, 17 hrs. 30 min.
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Manil Suri's first novel, The Death of Vishnu, won the 2002 Barnes and Noble Discover Prize and was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award.

British actress and narrator Josephine Bailey has won ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and a prestigious Audie Award, and Publishers Weekly named her Best Female Narrator in 2002.

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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.