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Anita Desai
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Voices in the City

3.16  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 257 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by South Asia Books (first published 1965)
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Summaiya
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.
Jane E
Jun 20, 2017 Jane E rated it did not like it
Shelves: indian, fiction
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)
Soumyadeep Majumdar
May 10, 2012 Soumyadeep Majumdar rated it really liked it
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.
Aabir
Jul 24, 2012 Aabir rated it did not like it
what i didnt like about the book was that the story just didnt move forward...it seemed like the characters arejust stuck....neverthless the description of the environment through the author's words are commendable.
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Jan 27, 2013 Citrus rated it really liked it
wonderfully written. unforgettable characters and atmosphere.
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Amazing portrayal of human behaviour
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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 ...more
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