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
This book is angry like a furnace about caste, baksheesh, poverty and poshlost. It's set in the '80s but clearly, n...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 The writing is inferior to White Tiger and only after reading did I find out that this was a rejected work that went unpublished until his Booker prize win.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
- 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
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 novel does not have a linear plot, nor does it fea...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
Gandhi, in 1991. Mrs. Ghandi was assassinated by her Sikh
body guards; 7 years later her son Rajiv was assassinated by
Tamil separatist rebels. Mrs. Ghandi's second son, Sanjay,
avoided political death, dying in an aviation accident in 1980.
The family tragedy had nearly Shakespearean proportions.
Kittur, the imaginary city where the action of BETWEEN THE ASSASSINATIONS takes place, is in...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
Overall worthy of a read, but after reading "W...more
The book is set in the times between the assassinations of India's prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. It seems to try to capture the sentiments of the common Indians in a small town of Kittur in Karnataka (the location of Kittur is a little que...more
Some of the short stories were compelling writing, and I was impressed at the way in which we got inside the heads of many di...more
The title would seem to indicate that we should learn something of how the big political developments of that era affected ordinary people, but that sadly doesn't happen. An enjoyable...more
While this is very well written and evocative, I found it didn't quite work as a novel - it is really a short story collection. And as individual short stories, I didn't find the...more
I adored this book. It's not quite like other short stories I've read in that these ones are vaguely connected to each other, some more than others. There are a few location and character overlaps, which enhance these connections. There isn't a continuing story, but there are enough familiar references to make...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