David Lentz's Reviews > Royal Enigma
by K B
by K B
David Lentz's review
Oct 16, 12
Powerful, insightful, original, intelligent and often poetic. Krishna Bhatt brings us a macro-view of the brutal politics of Nepal and the realities of its contact-driven caste system as well as a micro-view of quotidian family life impacted by these larger, enigmatic, political realities. I was intrigued by his views of European and American culture. There is a noble, earnest searching and honest striving of a young man to make his way in the world and overcome the many obstacles embedded as enigmas of his culture to achieve a decent living and a fulfilling life. He alludes to historical, political intrigue at the highest eschelons of his nation's government and the impact of political upheaval upon the common man of Nepal. At times I felt as if I were reading the early writing about family life of VS Naipaul in "A House for Mr. Biswas" because of the sincerity, power and perception of Krishna Bhatt. The writing style is humble and its humility bestows upon it great dignity and integrity and power. The editing in places in the second language of colonial English could be tighter but the simple power of the narrative voice is compelling and worthy and intelligent. I appreciate an opportunity to peer into life in Nepal and better understand what it means to live and work in this fascinating culture with its own inherent idiosyncratic challenges. I see a promising future for Krishna Bhatt as a writer with much to offer. There is a power in the humanities and especially wonderful literature to open new gateways into new worlds about which we don't really know enough and Krishna Bhatt accomplished this for me for which I remain grateful: I really like his book.
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