Riot: A Murder Mystery of Late Twentieth Century India

Riot: A Murder Mystery of Late Twentieth Century India

by Shashi Tharoor
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Riot: A Murder Mystery of Late Twentieth Century India by Shashi Tharoor

Who killed twenty-four-year-old Priscilla Hart? This highly motivated, idealistic American student had come to India to volunteer in women’s health programs, but had her work made a killer out of an enraged husband? Or was her death the result of a xenophobic attack? Had an indiscriminate love affair spun out of control? Had a disgruntled, deeply jealous colleague been pushed to the edge? Or was she simply the innocent victim of a riot that had exploded in that fateful year of 1989 between Hindus and Muslims? 

Experimenting masterfully with narrative form in this brilliant tour de force, internationally acclaimed novelist Shashi Tharoor chronicles the mystery of Priscilla Hart’s death through the often contradictory accounts of a dozen or more characters, all of whom relate their own versions of the events surrounding her killing. Like his two previous novels, Riot probes and reveals the richness of India, and is at once about love, hate, cultural collision, the ownership of history, religious fanaticism, and the impossibility of knowing the truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611454109
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,246,566
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Shashi Tharoor was born in London and brought up in Bombay and Calcutta. He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, the Times of India, and Foreign Affairs. A human rights activist and winner of a Commonwealth Writers Prize, he is currently a member of the Indian Parliament and lives in New Dehli, India.

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Riot: A Love Story 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. I enjoyed learning more about the culture and Indians' view on love, work, and family. I also had no idea there was such religious strife in India.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author did a good job of showing the historical influences, our current influences and the basic human emotions which is the thread that ties them together
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where we plan our attacks ~Slash
godjillab More than 1 year ago
The attitudes of the Indians is maddening and at the same time intriguing. It ain't New York! I loved the characters and the colorful descriptions of the Hindu vs Muslim difficulties. I like the eclectic Hindu that the author depicted. It made me curious about India and it's people. Now I must go there!
GvlGal More than 1 year ago
This read is easy to involve yourself in the characters and situations. The style was fluid allowing the facts to unfold in an ingenious way. The only disappointment that you may have is that the characters do not always act like you might expect them to. I will impatiently await the next product of this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Way more Indian history and politics than what kept my interest. Pretty slow going.
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iPodReader More than 1 year ago
More than I ever thought I wanted to know about Indian history. Well written, characters well drawn. The American girl, Priscilla, is exceptionally self-centered and culturally insensitive-- character flaws which turn out to be, literally, fatal. The book held me in suspense, waiting to learn who killed her and why. The latest in a noble tradition of books about Americans abroad-- clumsy, innocent, insensitive, well-meaning, naive, thick-headed as we are.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though it can at times be heavy-handed, Riot does successfully illustrate the complexities surrounding the Hindu-Muslim conflict in India. It presents a vivid historical background that helped me understand the situation well. A great teaching tool, as well as an informative read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't read it yet but the summuary is great.