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Corridor: A Graphic Novel

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  279 ratings  ·  24 reviews
In the heart of Lutyens' Delhi sits Jehangir Rangoonwalla, enlightened dispenser of tea, wisdom, and second-hand books. Among his customers are Brighu, a postmodern Ibn Batuta looking for obscure collectibles and a love life; Digital Dutta who lives mostly in his head, torn between Karl Marx and an H1-B visa; and the newly-married Shintu, looking for the ultimate aphrodisi ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 16th 2005 by Penguin Global (first published 2005)
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Billed as "India's first graphic novel" (Wikipedia claims that it is not the first, but second), this was my first introduction to contemporary Indian graphic novels. And I am impressed.

The comic book / graphic novel scene when I was growing up in India was made up of a hodgepodge of imported American pulp (Phantom, Mandrake, Flash Gordon, etc.), high-end European works (Tintin, Asterix) jingoistic Commonwealth WWII comics and indigenous works that were educational (Amar Chitra Katha) or idiotic
I don't buy the arguments of the people who find graphic novel as a marketing gimmick to sell comics to adults. Neither do I agree to the people who think it is stooping to a lower level of reading to read one.
Reading through corridor builds a unique mindscape in the readers imagination that can only be created by artists like Sarnath Banerjee. Corridor tells stories about the characters of the novel who are connected to a Connaught Place bookwala. Usually the stories touch upon the shadier part
Sundeep Supertramp

This is the character's remark after getting stoned...

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Graphic Novels are a growing phenomenon – emerging out of the shadow of cartoon and comic books building its own genre. A cartoon is generally characterized as children’s books or humorous satires both intended to bring laughs to the readers. The kids smile at the innocence, visual appeal and message, whereas adults smirk at the sarcasm, humor and hidden message. I have been a big fan of comic books since childhood, but now Graphic novels satisfy both the child and the adult in me. Giving me bot ...more
Alistair Bangera
Art is an important component of a Graphic Novel. Many graphic novels are rated highly because of the quality of artwork in them, which negates a weak storyline. For me, the premise of Corridor is something that I liked. The graphic novel talks about characters, who have a common intersection point in a book seller. The book worked for me. It was the art that didn't. The characters were not very distinct. They did not pop out of the pages and they did not stay with me after I had completed readi ...more
Arnab Das
Lets get one thing straight. There may be loads of people who wont 'get' this book, and I totally understand. This graphic novel by one of the genre's pioneers in India, is meant primarily for Indians or people who are in tune with the Indian lifestyle and psyche.

Beautiful, and more importantly intelligent artwork throng the book. Although difficult to grasp at first read, it becomes surprisingly lucid on second reading/rereading. And that is when the real genius of Sarnath Banerjee comes to the
Swamy Atul
Trust the reviews. It gets better in the second read!
Midway through the book, I felt stupid. I didn't get it. One story unfolds and as soon as I start getting a grip on it, another begins. But it all makes sense by the end. And it gets even better in the second read. By definition, a comic book is either funny or a superhero fantasmographic orgy. May be this is why Corridor is called India's first graphic novel. Its humor obscures its irony which, in turn, obscures its anger. I think I will revi
Nirmalya Biswas
Could have ended better.
Megha Sondhi
A very very interesting book with a dinge of surrealism.
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
I like this a lot better than when I first read it, but I still think it is let down by an excess of callow urban angst and a Naipaulesque reliance on grotesqerie. Still has some great bits that really capture the rhythms and byways of a city.
Everybody is looking for love, or sex. Or sex full of love. Or love with spectacular sex. What is everybody freaking looking for? What is a cosmic accident after all? Only sleeping with Satoshi will count? What about being kissed by a green butterly?
Good stuff. Although I read this *after* Harappa Files, which is the author's most recent and most mature work, I was well acquainted with the style. Probably not the best first book to get familiar with Sarnath Banerjee, but a good first book nevertheless.
Khalid Albaih
It's a nice introduction to India and the realization that we are all the same
Nishant Jha
The first Graphic Novel I have read and it is a quirky one indeed! set in the bylanes of CP, New Delhi it is a funny & breezy read...pretty decent...
I found this in a bookshop in india in the graphic novels section next to "commando" comic reprints. I am not a big fan of the graphic novel genre, but this is a well laid novel in its own right.
Titash RoyChoudhury
Nostalgia....for my hometown Kolkata and for a city I have grown to like Delhi...layered with metaphors only a Bengali can associate with the book brought back many fond memories...light read
Aditi Singh
Corridor is an awfully clever book, is witty yet so soul searching n angsty. It is a delightful read: a freaky, multi-layered, post modern look at teh irony ridden urban conditions.
The lives and loves of eclectic characters centered around a Connaught Place bookstore. The non-linear narrative works well with the wonderfully evocative artwork.
In a nutshell, its a well-written trip-fest frought with subliminal messages and realistic scenarios in a humourous vein.
Full of cultural references that went over my head but generally an engaging slice-of-life story from India.
Linus Kendall
A tumbling ride around central and old Delhi, in search for books and solutions for an improved sex life.
Amira Hanafi
though i liked the fragmented narrative, the neat wrap/up at the end nearly ruined the book's good qualities.
a good first attempt - Characters lack complexity and the existentialism is forced.
Apr 08, 2007 suraj rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Graphic novels are so much fun!
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