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A blinding, brilliant, and brave mosaic of Indian life as it is lived in a place called Kittur, Between the Assassinations, with all the humor, sympathy, and unflinching candor of The White Tiger, showcases the most beloved aspects of Aravind Adiga's writing to brilliant effect and enlarges our understanding of the world we live in today.
"With richly detailed descriptions of life in Kittur, from the cart puller to the journalist to the scion of the town's richest man, Adiga achieves in a dozen pages what many novels fail to do in hundreds: convincingly render individual desire, disappointment and survival. ... In many ways, the vignettes in Between the Assassinations flesh out the question at the heart of The White Tiger: Where is the justice in one man ruling another simply though the accident of his birth? ( San Francisco Chronicle)
"The hearts of his characters are where Adiga reveals the greatest depth and breadth, spanning the ages from youth to late maturity. ... Adiga creates these, and other distinctive characters, with the ease of a god, and deftly tells their sometimes comical, often tragic stories against the backdrop of an often corrupt, and sometimes lovely South Asian world." ( Dallas Morning News)
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By Stephanie on 07-28-09
This is an important book by an important author who has already won a Booker prize. It captures the rich complexity of India on every level possible; no easy task. Adiga casts a keen eye towards social, political and economic injustices without a heavy hand. Rather, he creates a a deeply textured protagonist whose life tells us all we need to know about these larger issues from a personal and intimate viewpoint.
The success of this unabridged audio version is clearly the talent and skill of the narrator, Mr. Harsh Nayyar. Mr. Nayyar 's timing is always perfect, his voice captivating, his pronunciation perfect. He draws us into the story immediately, before we even become invested in the main character. He transforms the reading of audio books to the level of sheer art.
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By nina on 07-28-09
Great Listen, wonderful narrator!
Enjoyed these thoughtful stories very much, and particularly liked having a narrator with an appropriate accent, very clear to understand and hear, and read extremely well. I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in compelling stories.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful