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If You Are Afraid of Heights

3.16  ·  Rating Details ·  147 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Look at the picture on the cover, there's a child, a girl in a red dress; there's a bird, a crow in a blue white sky. And then there are a few things you cannot see.
-f r o m If You Are Afraid of Heights

But the crow sees everything: In Part One, a man and a woman meet in a midnight road accident and fall in love. In Part Two, a reporter arrives in a small town to uncover t
Paperback, First Harvest Edition, 312 pages
Published September 5th 2005 by Harcourt Books (first published August 15th 2003)
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Sonia Gomes
I am glad I read ‘If you are afraid of Heights’ before I read ‘Blue Bedspread’ , in this way I can appreciate Jha much better.
The book in three parts, a man and a woman meet in a midnight road accident and the man goes with her to her apartment which is in a building,an architectural marvel, but from time to time he comes back to his little apartment, which has a small potted plant. Then one fine day the relationship ends very abruptly and the man returns back to his tiny apartment, no heartache
Jan 26, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
If you are afraid of heights, brothers and sisters, I have nothing to show you.
Shalini M
May 07, 2013 Shalini M rated it it was ok
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I was enticed into buying this book by the image of the lonely girl in a red frock on the cover, and the description on the back that promised "a glimpse into a looking-glass world where nothing is quite what it seems and yet everything is strangely familiar". I did not expect it to be a regular fiction - the story-telling kind, but more of a set of impressions and interpretations, and exploration of the thoughts, dreams and feelings of the girl on the cover. I would say my expectations were par ...more
Nov 20, 2015 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was very good. The book is made up of 3 parts which are not connected in any tangible way except details. A red dress, a crow, a crying house, a canal, an 11-year-old girl and a few repeated names. Some strange male figures and a bit of death reoccur here and there but nothing is definable or has much of a context. However, the writing and the multiple little parallels create some beautiful stories which are smooth to read and contain some simple but carefully crafted imagery. It is a wonde ...more
Aug 02, 2008 Kathryn rated it did not like it
So far.. I am wondering what the hype is about. It is quite slow.. and convoluted. Hard to get "into"

It is now August 2, and I have finished this book. I don't know what the "point" was. Why the author wrote the book. usually there is a a fluffy message or some inner work by the characters, or just entertainment... this book.. I'm not sure.

The plot was somewhat convoluted. It reminded me of the way that actors tend to over analyze the symbolism of a scene or action, and it is lost on the audien
Dru Pagliassotti
Jun 17, 2014 Dru Pagliassotti rated it it was ok
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I've been on an Indian novel reading jag over this last week or two, and while this one is imaginatively surreal, with different storylines that reflect and inform each other in skewed, piecemeal ways, I'm afraid I prefer a plot in which there's some final take-away -- not necessarily a completely closed ending, but a sense of causality, at least. I feel as though the plot was just a few steps away from offering something really supernatural and unusual to the reader, but it couldn't quite bring ...more
Feb 15, 2008 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still not sure, but I think I loved this book. It took me a while to get into, but once I was about half way through, I didn't want to put it down. It is beautiful, extremely complex, flooded throughout with images that seemed to shift between reality and the imagination. I had hoped the ending would be a little more concrete--I'm still trying to figure it out. It's a book I would definitely like to reread.
Georgia Roybal
Jul 17, 2012 Georgia Roybal rated it liked it
I loved the descriptions of rain in India in this book. I only wish the author had made more of a connection between the three stories other than simple coincidence. If they had been related more, it would have been a very strong book.
Sep 20, 2010 Lowed rated it liked it
A little more polishing would have gotten this book a little better. The story itself was good, but the way it was presented is really poor.

But, am still looking forward to devouring his first book.
Zehra ghori
Oct 09, 2007 Zehra ghori rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: noone
this book is way too confusing and it could have been remedied if the ending was a bit more concrete---I'm still not sure what i got out of it. read it at your own risk!!
Feb 15, 2010 raul rated it liked it
A cross genre magical realist fever dream...
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Raj Kamal Jha (Hindi: राज कमल झा; born 1966) is Chief Editor of the daily newspaper The Indian Express and an internationally acclaimed novelist. He lives in Gurgaon.

Jha was born in Bhagalpur, Bihar, and was raised in Calcutta, West Bengal, where he went to school at St. Joseph's College. He then attended the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, where he got his Bachelor of Technology with H
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