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The Sound of Water: A Novel

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Longlisted for the 2007 Man Asian Prize, a gripping debut novel about an Indian mining disaster as seen from the perspectives of the miners, their families, and the officials charged with rescuing them.

Written by a former director of the Indian Ministry of Coal, and loosely based on the disastrous flood at the Bagdihi colliery in 2001, which trapped and killed dozens of mi
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Atria Books (first published 2009)
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Ashwani Sehgal
A book that will take you the coal mines of India, A place where death is certain because of some accident. He brilliantly told the truth in the form of fiction.
A boom that's hard to put down. Read this to know the truth about the working conditions of people in indian coal mines, Read this to experience what a miner experiences inside a coal mine... A must read
Some books are great because they take you to a place you will never go, other books introduce you to people or a life you will never experience. Fewer can do both, but the Sound of Water accomplishes just that.

Small vignettes weave the story through a coal mine accident deep in India. This book is both character study of people from the various, complicated strata of Indian life as well as a warning against materialism and the dangers the "beast" of a bureaucracy. The sections on the actual min
I feel the writing in this book is better than the story as a whole. The author delves deeply into each character, their lives, their pasts, and their view on Life. He shows the differences between the working class and management of a small mining town. The book revolves around "The Beast" each character must face in their lives and wether they choose to face it or submit to it. I really enjoyed reading the book, but feel the overall story had some holes... some missing information. However, I ...more
Christel Grady
This morning, I hit the major plot focus, the driver of the novel, the flooding of the mine. While riveting in and of itself, my main focus thus far has been the flow of the language, and the poetic quality thereof. This novel has been a much needed diversion from the murder mysteries ans thrillers I've been reading recently. Too often, thrillers, while they suck the reader into the plot, are boringly written, more function than form. This novel is teeming with beautiful metaphors, and is a bles ...more
I liked this book more than expected - but I honestly was a litte dissapointed in the ending. It just sort of stops, without any real resolution. I think the author intended it to be this way so you really keep thinking, but I find this all a little frustrating because I like to have all loose ends tied.

It kept me interested, and I liked wondering about the relationships between the charecters that were shadoweded but not really mentioned.

Wasn't amazing - but was good over all.
This was a very well written book, but I didn't like it at all. I heard more about their dysfunctional sex lives than about the mine. Perhaps that was the point. That the mine is run by empty immoral folks, lacking in character, will, moral fiber, etc. If so, it was very strongly made..

I cannot imagine advising anyone below the age of twenty to read this book, and yet it is highly recommended for all to read in India.
This book started off really well and then ended poorly. The vague religious visions dragged on and were disjointed. The descriptions of the flood are fascinating. The character development lagged as the book went on. The politics behind the mining industry and authors background were part of the reason I read the book. However, the focus on politics was also part of the downfall of the book.
The book is about a mining disaster in India. It tells about the mining cave in, through the perspectives of the miner, the company executives and the family members.

I thought the family members were cold and heartless and that really turned me off. The characters were just not likable. However, the storyline was interesting.

I did not understand the ending, even after reading it twice.
This is fictional story about men in India working far down in the earth extracting coal - their phobias,their sad lives and the disasters that can happen at any time. And in this case after six men parish in an underground flood, the management conjure up stories to tell that will make them sound like heros and try to find a scape goat to blame for anything that an investigator may find.
Ajay Ajay
A wonderful story, weaved around the filling of gushing water inside a coal mine. It has everything: story, political and social milieu and a wonderful climax.

Kudos to the Author for writing an amazing tale.
This is a fascinating fictional expose into the horrible conditions for miners in India, but could apply to here as well. You feel like you are really in there.
Missy Sherriff
The triplicate viewpoints, with overlap, added much to the very simple plot. Seemed to be trying too hard to hit political and philosophical hot points though.
Started off good and then took a turn for the worse.
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