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Four Steps from Paradise

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Hardcover, 654 pages
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Sonia Gomes
May 31, 2014 Sonia Gomes rated it really liked it
A strange thing happens to people when they are colonised, after some time they feel westernised, socially they feel much superior to the ‘others’ who have not taken the trouble or made the effort to integrate themselves.
Goa, has these strict adherents of the Western culture, one sign of these aficionados is their passion for olive oil which is a must for any soup and which is used oh so sparingly until the next consignment is brought from Portugal. Of course you have to use cutlery, not eating
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Jul 29, 2011 Manu Prasad rated it liked it
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In the years immediately following India’s independence, the Naidu family retains its glory and wealth, and the traditional joint family ways of living. The narrator is Krishna Naidu, the youngest member of the clan, eight years old and the darling of everyone in the family. Having lost his mother at an early age, his father means everything to him, though he is very loyal to his siblings and grandparents too.

The story begins with his father introducing Krishna, his favourite, to his, and his s
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Dec 10, 2008 Coogan added it
The story of a rich Telugu family that is split apart by the father's anglophilia. The villainess was too vile to be credible, so I kind of just skimmed through it to follow the story. Guess the author was trying to create an allegory about India and its relationship to its former colonial ruler, but it came out as too heavy-handed.
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Timeri Murari is an award winning writer, filmmaker, and playwright, who began his career as journalist on the Kingston Whig Standard in Ontario, Canada. He writes for the Guardian, Sunday Times, and other magazines and newspapers internationally. He has published both fiction and non-fiction, and his bestselling novel, Taj, was translated into 19 lanugages and has recently been reissued by ...more
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