• She Will Build Him a City

  • By: Raj Kamal Jha
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-26-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (4 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

As night falls in Delhi, a mother spins tales from her past for her sleeping daughter. Her now grown-up child is a puzzle with a million pieces whom she hopes, through her words and her love, to somehow make whole again. Meanwhile, as the last train from Rajiv Chowk Station pulls away, a young man rides the metro and dreams of murder. In another corner of the city, a newborn wrapped in a blood-red towel lies on the steps of an orphanage as his mother walks away.
There are 20 million bodies in this city and this woman, man and child are only three. But their stories - of a secret love that blossoms in the shadows of grief, of a corrosive guilt that taints the soul, and of an orphaned boy who maps out his own destiny - weave in and out of the lives of those around them to form a dazzling kaleidoscope of a novel.
Beautiful, beguiling and audacious, this is the story of a city and its people, of love and horror, of belonging and forgiveness: a powerful and unforgettable tale of modern India.
©2015 Raj Kamal Jha (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Book Addict on 03-02-15

Postmodernism at its best

Love this tale. It is powerful and compelling. Since it is character driven, however, don't expect much plot or much explanation. Magical realism is woven so skillfully that it becomes a dreamlike story with such vivid realism that it needs the dreams to balance its grit and honesty. Human Behavior at its best and worst is described in such interesting ways that it feels almost like an invasion of privacy to know the characters' thoughts.

A must read for anyone who loves magical realism, postmodern tales, and beautifully depicted characters.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Julie on 01-13-16


Has She Will Build Him a City put you off other books in this genre?

Yes especially as I could not return

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from She Will Build Him a City?

I did not finish the book

Any additional comments?

do not like writing much as do not want to spoil story for others

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5 out of 5 stars
By Catherine Pash on 04-19-15

Fantastically evocative

Mesmerising tales of life and dreams in modern India with a touch of humour and a lot of freedom from reality.

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