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The Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri
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Nov 22, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction
Read from November 18 to 21, 2011

I was drawn to this item on the library booksale shelf because of the Indian setting. It starts off well. A man slowly dying in an apartment stairway, Vishnu, becomes the subject of bickering between neighbors who can barely tolerate each other. As the author introduces more and more people from the apartment building into the story, however, it becomes muddled and eventually ends up on this existential track. Suri paints incredible pictures with his words and descriptions – you can almost taste the chapatis and smell the sea air – but the story itself was just okay.

Favorite quotes: “Their future was an unknown, a blank. No, blank was too harsh a word to describe it – it was a mystery – yes, that was it – for when one embarks on adventure, one can hardly be expected to know the end.”

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Krishna But only two stars?

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