Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this “dazzling” (Entertainment Weekly) saga of epic scope is both a family and a political drama.The aging patriarch and matriarch of the Ghosh family preside over their large household, made up of their five adult children and their respective children, unaware that beneath the barely ruffled surface of their lives the sands are shifting. Each set of family members occupies a floor of the home, in accordance to their standing within the family. Poisonous rivalries between sisters-in-law, destructive secrets, and the implosion of the family business threaten to unravel bonds of kinship as social unrest brews in greater Indian society. This is a moment of turbulence, of inevitable and unstoppable change: the chasm between the generations, and between those who have and those who have not, has never been wider. The eldest grandchild, Supratik, compelled by his idealism, becomes dangerously involved in extremist political activisman action that further catalyzes the decay of the Ghosh home.Ambitious, rich, and compassionate, The Lives of Others anatomizes the soul of a nation as it unfolds a family history, at the same time as it questions the nature of political action and the limits of empathy. It is a novel of unflinching power and emotional force.
Neel Mukherjee was born in Calcutta. He is the author of A State of Freedom, A Life Apart, winner of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Award for best fiction, among other honors, and The Lives of Others, which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Encore Prize. He lives in London.
The Lives of Others 2 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
The only plus of this book is that i learned about the class struggles in India and some of the political movements. But i could have accomplished that bybreading a Ntl Geographic article.
Never before i encountered a group of such unlikable characters. What a large group of selfish, mean, materialistic, liers, opportunistic and narrow minded people. At the end of the book i was exhausted of so much mental misery.
Grips you by the throat from beginning to end.Cleveland Plain DealerALONE WITH HER NEW HUSBAND
on a tiny Pacific atoll, a young woman, combing the beach, finds an odd aluminum container washed up out of the lagoon, and beside it ...
The gripping story of how an all-volunteer air force helped defeat five Arab nations and
protect the fledgling Jewish state.In 1948, only three years after the Holocaust, the newly founded nation of Israel came under siege from a coalition of ...
“A great adventure story.”Dava Sobel, New York Times Book ReviewThis wonderfully written book tells of
the first Herculean expeditions to Antarctica, from astronomer Edmond Halley’s 1699 voyage in the Paramore to the sealer John Balleny’s 1839 excursion in the Eliza ...
This Norton Critical Edition is the fullest single-volume collection of Jonathan Swift's writings, encompassing not
only the major prose satiresA Tale of the Tub, Gulliver’s Travels, and A Modest Proposalbut also a large number of other works, including his most ...
This volume presents the major works of five poetsGeorge Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Andrew Marvell, Henry
Vaughan, and Thomas Traherne.While most of the selections fall under the heading of religious poetry, the important secular verse of Marvell and Crashaw is included.Eighty ...
Sarton's memoir begins with her roots in a Belgian childhood and describes her youth and
education in Cambridge, Massachusetts, her coming-of-age years, and the people who influenced her life as a writer.
This Norton Critical Edition seeks to return Keatsone of the most beloved poets of the
English languageto his cultural moment by tracking his emergence as a public poet.For this reason, this volume presents the writings in the order of publication ...
Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize: “Thought-provoking, poignant, brutal, amusing, and always beautiful.”Elizabeth
BergHurrying through errands, attending a dying mother, helping her own child down the playground slide, the speaker in these poems wonders: what is the difference ...