result of what happened on That Night when, thanks to an American chemical
company, the Apocalypse visited his slum. Now not quite twenty, he leads a
hand-to-mouth existence with his dog Jara and a crazy old nun called Ma
Franci, and spends his nights fantasising about Nisha, the daughter of a
Sinha. And what I think is simply the best part of this novel is that now other people who may not have ever known about what happened when this disaster occurred, or those who weren't even born at the time may gain some interest in the topic.
The story is ...more
He might have been “a beautiful little boy” before “that night,” but the Apocaly ...more
The hero of this story is one such: a rasc ...more
I bet he rages against his fate and then gratefully accepts it. C'mon, bet me a measly $5. Hosw about $2?
I bet our heart string ...more
Guess copywriter genes in Indra Sinha, helped him writing excellent prose for this novel, a few passages here and there brought back ‘Oskar Matzerath’ to my mind. Obscenity as a shock element, was abound in this book. Narr ...more
In a ...more
The title of the book could have been built around Khaufpur (based on Bhopal and its 1984 tragedy) as well, after all, the entire story hinges around the one night that changed life in the city forever. But Indra Sinha's success lies in creating a character whose ve ...more
First, the ripped-from-the-headlines premise: The people of Khaufpur, a
poverty-stricken Indian city ravaged by the leak from an American chemical plant, seek justice from the company.
This comes with some big themes: globalisation, culture clashes, self versus society and social responsibility.
Then there’s the cantankerous narrator. Animal is a teenager whose spine has been damaged by the chemica ...more
This book is a good read as it gives a glimpse o ...more
I guess the repeated-i ...more
"I used to be human once" this is the opening line of a story about a boy Animal whose life was changed forever by an explosion at a factory run by an American company.
While Animals story is fictional it is based on real events that happened in Bhophal in India.
The reader is constantly referred to by the narrator Animal as eyes he is telling his story for a Jarnaliss by talking to a tape recorder and making pictures for the eyes to see.
Animals story is one of traged ...more
Animal’s People deals with many underlying themes, such as racism, classism, friendship, environment ...more
This one I did love and finish. It did not take me long into the story to realise that the setting was Bhopal and the aftermath of the 1984 explosion at a Union Carbide pesticide plant.
The writing is supurb, the story very disturbing. Again it made search for more info about what happened in Bhopal and the in action of both the 'kampani' and the local government.
Love the way Animal goes 'jamisponding', could do a little less with his sex obs ...more
Indra Sinha's books, in addition to his translations of ancient Sanskrit texts into Eng ...more