Between the Assassinations

  • by Aravind Adiga
  • Narrated by Harsh Nayyar
  • 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Kittur, India. Of its 193,432 residents, only 89 declare themselves to be without religion or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any indication, Kittur is an extraordinary crossroads of the brightest minds and the poorest morals, the up-and-coming and the downtrodden, and of an India that modern literature has rarely addressed.A twelve-year-old boy named Ziauddin, a gofer at a tea shop near the railway station, is enticed into wrongdoing because a fair-skinned stranger treats him with dignity and warmth. George D'Souza, a mosquito-repellent sprayer, elevates himself to gardener and then chauffeur to the lovely, young Mrs. Gomes, and then loses it all when he attempts to be something more. A little girl's first act of love for her father is to beg on the street for money to support his drug habit. A privileged schoolboy sets off an explosive in a Jesuit-school classroom in protest against casteism. And the loneliest member of the Marxist-Maoist Party of India falls in love with the one young woman, in the poorest part of town, whom he cannot afford to wed.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.

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What the Critics Say

"As a portrait of India, it's far richer and more nuanced [than The White Tiger], encompassing the perspectives of Muslims, Hindus and Christians; rich and poor; young and old; upper caste and lower. ... Indians may not always like what Adiga has to say, but their future depends on his freedom to keep saying it." (Newsweek)
"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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EXCELLENT!

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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- Stephanie

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.
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- nina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2009
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio