The Zigzag Way
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Story about a young man Eric, who was a crumbling failure and his live-in partner Em, a booming success. While he was struggling, striving with no interest, to finish a thesis his professors had told him to, she goes on a field-trip to Mexico with her fellow doctors and scientists to do research. Bored, out of lost inspiration to continue the thesis, and out of need for fresh inspiration to write on something else, he, too, after some entreaty, joins their troop an...more
Two decades letter, I haven't read anything by her since and saw 'The Zigzag way' on the shelf of a favourite used bookstore. The story is set in Mexico, a young academic, aimless, looking for his past and som...more
Emily is not particularly pleased with Eric's growing lassitude. It contrasts sharply with her immersion in her subject. A point of...more
This book is really insightful if you wana know about Mexican history mainly revolving around silver mines during the time of revolution. Some books make me Google once I finish the book; this definitely made me read more on Mexican history especially the Huichols and their traditions. (The last book of this kind I read was “A long long way" by Sebastian Barry which even made me watch the movie “The wind that...more
Desai invokes her renowned lush, and occasionally dense, prose to portray Eric's sensory overload here. She obviously speaks with intimate knowledge of the land, and this, combined with the wealth of historical detail, prompt several critics to sing her praises. More importantly, as The New York Times notes, The Zigzag Way is "not just a condensed course in 20th-century Mexican history but a meditation on the futility of our efforts to outrun the past." In other words, Desai does her job. Eric i...more
Even with the slogging, I managed to glean a couple of things out of the novel, but am left feeling like I've missed the point. Or maybe that is the point?
(view spoiler)[With Eric searching for something, Dona Vera running...more
The last Anita Desai's book (Fire in the mountain)that I read was also a huge dissapointment and this one was no less.I think it will be unfair to compare Fire in the Mountain and The Zigzag way as they both have been a terrible experience but still if I have to choose between the two it will be this one which seems less boring.I...more
Three different but interconnecting stories linked fairly loosely by the silver mines of Mexico and the Cornishmen and native Americans who worked in them. I enjoyed the descriptions and the stories but was left wondering "why write it?"
I found it a little anti-climactic and still haven't understood the common theme between the various threads in the story (other than mining and Mexico)