Shelves: , indian-authors Lets just cut to the chase shall we? This book left me depressed : I think it was the wrong choice right after reading The God of Small Things, which is no picnic in the park either, although written in an interesting style. This one is just too languid and relentlessly oppressive. I can accept a couple of losers in a book — but a whole novel populated by them can get really dull and boring. This book is by renowned Malyali author M.
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Shelves: , indian-authors Lets just cut to the chase shall we? This book left me depressed : I think it was the wrong choice right after reading The God of Small Things, which is no picnic in the park either, although written in an interesting style.
This one is just too languid and relentlessly oppressive. I can accept a couple of losers in a book — but a whole novel populated by them can get really dull and boring. This book is by renowned Malyali author M. Vasudevan Nair for which he won the Kendriya Sahitya Akademi Award , and he obviously knows his subject inside out — a joint matriarchal Nair family in an obscure village in Kerala, poor, defeated and apathetic except when it comes to petty gossip.
He amuses himself with what little he has — mostly for a while — with the girl next door. But Sethu is no lovable teen, not someone who evokes sympathy. He is shallow, selfish and callous and although that can be explained to a large extent by his circumstances and lack of familial support, it is his choices at crucial junctures that disappoint; choices made when he should have known better. Except for the three women that are involved with Sethu at different times in his life — nobody shows much spunk, least of all Sethu!
They were my favourite characters! It will be a while before I read a translation again. Maybe my disappointment with this book is because yet again, an award winner fails to excite me! However Nair downplays the actual confrontation with his staid narrative style, which robs much of the joy of victory. As in many stories set in Kerala — there is a river!
I guess the flow of water and the passage of time are so conducive to comparisons, that authors cannot resist the temptation of that particular metaphor! Although there are a few instances in the narrative when he is clever and sharp, using irony with great effect, the overall tempo and flow is a little sluggish for me, although I accept apt for the story being told. Although I tried to imagine that Nair is telling us that the worst is behind Sethu He is still as self-pitiful and selfish as ever.
Always dreaming, never doing! A weak character is our Mr. I would love to hear if any of you out there have read this in the original Malyalam?
Would be interesting to compare notes! For me a disappointing read and rather anti-climatic after a great run of books in the past few weeks. Christie — YES! A return to their roots never hurt a soul ; Murder on the Orient Express it is in the company of the inimitable Hercule Poirot :D.
കാലം | Kaalam
Early life and family[ edit ] M. Vasudevan Nair at a Calicut function Vasudevan was born on 9 August in Kudallur in the present day Palakkad district. Narayanan Nair and Ammalu Amma. He had to break education after high school, and when he joined college in , he was advised to opt for the science stream as it was felt that a degree in science secured a job faster than any other degree.
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Ia meraih ketenaran pada usia 20 tahun saat, sebagai lulusan jurusan kimia, ia memenangkan penghargaan untuk cerita pendek terbaik dalam bahasa Malayalam di Kompetisi Cerita Pendek Sedunia yang diadakan oleh The New York Herald Tribune. Novel debut -nya Naalukettu Rumah Leluhur- diterjemahkan ke dalam bahasa Inggris dengan judul The Legacy , yang ditulis pada usia 23 tahun, memenangkan Penghargaan Kerala Sahitya Akademi pada Pengalaman emosional mendalam dari hari-hari awalnya dituangkan dalam pembuatan novel. Kebanyakan karyanya berorientasi pada budaya dan struktur keluarga Malayalam dan beberapa diantaranya melampaui batas dalam sejarah sastra Malayalam. Tiga novel seminal buatannya tentang kehidupan dalam keluarga matriarkhal di Kerala adalah Naalukettu , Asuravithu , dan Kaalam.
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