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Voices in the City
Voices in the City
by Anita Desai
Based on the life of the middle class intellectuals of Calcutta, it is an unforgettable story of a Bohemian brother and his two sisters caught in the cross-currents of changing social values. In many ways the story reflects a vivid picture of India's social transition - a phase in which the older elements are not altogether dead, and the emergent ones not fully evolved.
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Apr 13, 2012 Summaiya rated it really liked it
A profoundly visual book. Every line, every page brings a new set of images to mind (though the images themselves may not be altogather pleasent to behold) and it is a blunt potrayal of the life of financially limited people living in the city. All things considered it is not a bad book.
Awful! I kept hoping that it would get better but if anything it got worse. A book full of flowery passages and unsympathetic characters - at least I think they are unsympathetic but who would know given the obscurity of the writing. Just really bad. (Purchased at Pilgrims Book House, Kathmandu, Nepal)
As always, Anita Desai's books are not just for reading them.The unique and detailed description of each and every minute aspect of the scene presents us with an opportunity to imagine the entire plot as if it was happening right in front of our very face.An outstanding book,to say the least.
Anita Desai was born in 1937. Her published works include adult novels, children's books and short stories. She is a member of the Advisory Board for English of the National Academy of Letters in Delhi and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in London. Anita Mazumdar Desai is an Indian novelist and Emeritus John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technolo ...moreMore about Anita Desai...