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 The writing is inferior to White Tiger and only after reading did I find out that this was a rejected work that went unpublished until his Booker prize win.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
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
Eventually I realised that's not what this book is, and accepted it for what it is - a collection of character sketches and stories about people grappling with poverty and caste in modern India. That's when I began to really enjoy the sto...more
“Some of the boys had gone back into the building; they stood out on the balconies of the three floors of the college and shouted down to those on the ground; and this added to the hum, as if the college were a beehive struck with a pole” (51).
“He had thought, at one point, of sending a manifesto the Dawn Herald: ‘The man Lasrado is a fool, and the bomb was burst in his clas...more
Indian writer Aravind Adiga won the 2008 Booker Prize for The White Tigerand this collection of stories, although it was written earlier, was published shortly after. For Between the Assassinations,Adiga invented Kittur, a fictional city on India’s south-western coast, between Goa and Calicut, and it resembles more than a few real cities in that area. Kittur is a cultural crossroads of the kind you only ever find in India; it has a Catholic cathedral, a Jesuit school, Muslims, Communists, se...more