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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
PublisherSceptre
File size4.8 Mb
GanreHistorical Fiction
Release date 01.01.2007
ISBN9780340899700
Pages count754
Book rating4.15 (118 votes)
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This book has been characterized as the Indian War and Peace, and while it isn't that - for one thing, there is no Tolstoyesque historiography - it certainly approaches it in scope.

The raw power of the novel comes from its matter-of-fact portrayal of New Delhi between the years 1984 and 1998. Any commentary on the part of the author would have removed that power (and certainly been out of place in the 21st century; Tolstoy was able to get away with it, to a certain extent, because that's what his readership expected).

Instead, we have one Gopal Pandey, whose rise from chai stall proprietor to the very pinnacle of Indian society, from the downtrodden to (almost) the trodding upon, literally through no fault of destiny or karma but of chance, looks more like a modern-day Everyman than anything else, or-excluding Satan and Yahweh-a kind of reverse Job. It's rags to riches, certainly, but it's also so much more than that.

The novel is at times a bit subdued, and now and again I was left wondering whether an Indian would find it as fascinating as I did. There is, after all, the exoticism one must factor in as a non-Indian reader.

Then again, you have the same with Tolstoy, don't you? Like War and Peace, it is a long read.

But it's well worth the time.

Four stars.

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