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The Unyielding Clamor of the Night by Neil Bissoondath
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Nov 11, 12

Recommended for: the wealthy and powerful
Read from December 17 to 24, 2011 — I own a copy

Bissondath captures the rhythmic, hypnotic yet elegant beauty of the East Indian English usage. There is a poignancy in his language that draws the reader into tragedy and drama long before there is any. Hearing the words in your head as one reads, the reader can visualize the rhythmic swaying and dipping of the head, characteristic of the Indian, thus placing the reader in the novel with the main character who instantly becomes important, mysterious in a mundane way, and this compels the reader to start immersing himself/herself into the story to get to know this person better: instant empathy, yet never quite succeeding. And all this in the first twenty four pages. The plot continues in a quiet inexorable way, drawing the reader deeper into a sense of helplessness yet deep conviction and purpose. "The Unyielding Clamor of the Night" is a metaphor for all disenfranchised and underprivileged people on our planet: Take heed the wealthy, the powerful, the privileged, ignore the crying of the voices and the senseless violence of our planet and you are directly responsible for the horrors which you so vociferously abhor. Since you have the power, you are the owner of the horror, the perpetrator of the misery. You are the direct cause of the unyielding clamor of the night.
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