Between the Assassinations
Welcome to Kittur, India. It's on India's southwestern coast, bounded by the Arabian Sea to the west and the Kaliamma River to the south and east. It's blessed with rich soil and scenic beauty, and it's been around for centuries. Of its 193,432 residents, only 89 declare themselves to be without religion or caste. And if the characters in Between the Assassinations are any...more
Adiga can make you feel and smell and taste the poverty of India, through description and character, and it ain't pretty. But it's real. Or at least it feels real -- I've never been to India, so what do I know?
Heavy on bodily discharges of all sorts; and each
The novel does not have a linear plot, nor does it fea...more
A small Indian city of Kittur, and its range of characters, moving from one landmark to another dating between one Gandhi’s assassination to another. They...more
This book is angry like a furnace about caste, baksheesh, poverty and poshlost. It's set in the '80s but clearly, n...more
Brilliant book, makes small town Southern India come alive in a fashion that hasn't been seen in 'Indian literature in English' for a long time.
I'm using my words carefully here, there are several brilliant portrayals of Small town India in regional writing in India in several languages - malayalam, tamil, kannada and so on. Several good t...more
The format is annoying - it is neither a novel nor an anthology of stories -more a collection of episodes related by setting. The writing is inferior to White Tiger and only after reading did I find out that this was a rejected work that went unpublished until his Booker prize win.
Disjointed, episodic tale of an Indian town....some of the episodes are interesting others...particularly the last tw...more
I dont think there was a plot intended. The only relationship between the short anecdotes are in terms of time. There wasn't a relationship between the characters at al...more
Paid work is scarce and those at the bottom of...more
“Entre os Assassinatos” não é um romance, mas sim um conjunto de contos onde o elo, o fio condutor é a cidade imaginária de Kittur, situada na costa sudoeste da Índia, algures entre Goa e Calecute.
Para quem leu o “Tigre Branco” vai aqui achar os problemas e as questões que Aravind aponta na...more
But that's just what holds this diverse collection together.
The stories are harsh. Adiga often deals with the relationship between castes and the rich/poor. He does an excellent job depicting the life, feelings and att...more
A fast and easy read, as I had expected from Adiga, without sacrificing content and depth. Still, I was not entirely sure what to do with the stories at first, since I didn't see the timeline at the end of the novel until I had finis...more
The premise of the book was fabulous: a fictional Indian city, with bits of touristy information before stories about the locals. However, a lot of the stories just seemed half-baked, like he had taken them out of the oven far too soon. Perhaps he was pressured into a deadline by his publishers, who knows.
One or two of the stories were really great and the rest seemed to lack dri...more
And so Adiga takes us on a seven-day tour of Kittur, unearthing its myriad denizens and their bizarre situations: from low castes to Brahmins, violent scho...more
- Aravind Adiga
From a well praised author of the book The White Tiger, comes Between the Assassinations. At first glance, the book is luring, it seems to prompt secrecy and mysteries...but instead has a deeper theme - Corruption!
The stories in this book are set in Kittur, Karnataka(never heard of it before). I thought this book would be light and entertaining like Tamasha in Bandargaon(a delightful read) by Navneet Jagannathan but if truth be told, I put this book at l...more